Hinda Wausau

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Hinda Wausau (1906 – 1980) aka Hinda Wassau was a chorus girl who became a star of striptease and burlesque. She was from Connecticut, United States.[1]

Innovative dancer[edit]

Wausau was in burlesque dancing beginning in 1928.[2] She claimed that she invented striptease when she was a chorus girl and one of her straps broke. The audience applauded enthusiastically.[3] Wausau appeared in an Ed E. Daley production, Temptations, presented at the Robbins Playhouse in Syracuse, New York, in June 1929. The blonde entertainer displayed both her singing and dancing talents in the stage comedy.[4]

She was recruited by Billy Rose for his revue which showcased Eleanor Powell and Hal Le Roy. Premiering in late July 1932, Wausau was described by Rose as "the best cooch dancer since Gilda Gray first startled the public."[5] She was on the same bill as the Paul Whiteman Orchestra.[1] Wausau played the Ritz Theater in Syracuse with Bozo Snyder in March 1933. The burlesque show was called Follies of the Day.[6]

Wausau was managed by her husband, Rube Bernstein, in 1938. Ann Corio had the same manager until she discovered Wausau was getting better breaks and dancing at a competitor club. Corio quickly fired Bernstein. At the time Corio had moved from burlesque to vaudeville and was heading a troupe at Fay's Theater in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[7] Wausau was planning a divorce in February 1941.[8]

Erotic dancer Georgia Sothern debuted a magic act at the Samoa night club on 52nd Street (Manhattan) in February 1948. Wausau soon followed Sothern as a 52nd Street entertainer.[9]

Versatile performer[edit]

She was tested several times for a Hollywood film contract.[10] Wausau was considered for the role of Sadie Thompson in a revival of Rain at a Rochester, New York stock theater in June 1940. The character was made famous by Jeanne Eagels in the 1920s.[11]


  1. ^ a b "Hinda With Whiteman", Syracuse Herald, April 24, 1932, Page 33.
  2. ^ "Answers To Questions", Hammond, Indiana Times, March 7, 1940, Page 14.
  3. ^ "Boston Girds For Strippers", Oakland Tribune, November 25, 1965, Page 40.
  4. ^ "Hinda Wausau Returns as Guest Star of Temple Show", Syracuse Herald, June 10, 1929, Page 10.
  5. ^ "Repertory Company to Be Formed For Winter By Katharine Cornell", Oakland Tribune, July 24, 1932, Page 15
  6. ^ "At The Theaters", Syracuse Herald, March 9, 1933, Page 15.
  7. ^ "Theater Topics", Nebraska State Journal, April 24, 1938, Page 37.
  8. ^ "Walter Winchell", Port Arthur, Texas News, February 28, 1941, Page 18.
  9. ^ "Overenthusiastic About Wrestling", Zanesville, Ohio Times Recorder, February 7, 1948, Page 5
  10. ^ "Hollywood Goes in for the Strip-Tease---But in a Perfectly Nice Way", Ogden, Utah Standard-Examiner, June 20, 1937, Page 24.
  11. ^ "Walter Winchell On Broadway", Burlington, North Carolina Daily Times-News, June 15, 1940, Page 4.

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