Chris Owens (burlesque performer)
Chris Owens is a United States performer, club owner and entrepreneur who bases her act out of the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana. She has been a French Quarter fixture and celebrity from the start of the 1960s through the early 21st century. Owens is extremely well known in Louisiana and throughout the South. Tourists visiting the famous Bourbon Street cannot miss huge posters of her wearing revealing costumes as they walk by her nightclub.
Life and work
Details about Owens' past and career are sketchy at best.
Born as Christine Joetta Shaw on October 5, 1932 in rural Texas. Daughter of Fred Moore Shaw Sr. and Thelma Leona Martin who married 1925 in Haskell, TX.. Chris Grew up on a farm and went to Texas Weslyn College to be a nurse. Married Sol R. Owens in 1956.
She eventually met and married car dealer Sol Owens and opened a nightclub on St. Louis Street in the French Quarter; it was originally intended to be a low-key sideline establishment, but business exploded.
Realizing that Owens' performance numbers were a huge draw, they sold their home in 1977 and purchased the building on the corner of St. Louis and Bourbon. Soon the "Chris Owens Review" became a noted act in town.
In 1979 Sol had a heart attack and died; Chris Owens took over management of the club and of the 30 apartments and 4 shops located within the building. As of 2007 the club and Owens' act continue to be a draw.
She hosts a yearly "Patriotic Easter Parade" that rolls down Bourbon Street.
Owens began production in 2003 of her first feature film, Let's Ballroom. Owens stars as a wealthy widow who falls in love with her dance instructor.
April 22, 2006 - Chris was inducted into the New Orleans Musical Legends Park with a statue created in her likeness. Her image stands next to other musical greats including Fats Domino..