Millie DeLeon

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Millie DeLeon
Born circa 1873
Died August 6, 1922
New York, NY
Occupation Burlesque Dancer
Spouse(s) Lew Rose

Millie DeLeon (circa 1873 – August 6, 1922) was the stage name of American burlesque dancer Millie Lawrence.[1] She is listed in some records as "Elizabeth," "Maud" and "Maude"

Biography[edit]

DeLeon was known as "The Girl in Blue" and was notorious for manipulating the media through the artful use of scandal. She has been called "The first real queen of American Burlesque"[2] As a performer she traveled across America, often testing the limits of local indecency ordinances. Her signature stage maneuver was to remove her garters and throw them into the audience.[3]

Marriage and children[edit]

DeLeon married manager Lew Rose.[4] The marriage record lists the spouse name at Louis Rosentamm and the marriage date as February 27, 1907.

She had a daughter (November 13, 1898 – ), Pamela Lawrence, a vaudeville performer

Lew Rose, Millie's husband[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ New York City Death Record #20785
  2. ^ Toll, Robert C. On with the Show: The First Century of Show Business in America. New York, Oxford UP, 1976.
  3. ^ Anne Fliotsos, "Gotta Get a Gimmick: The Burlesque Career of Millie De Leon", Journal of American Culture, Volume 21 Issue 4 Page 1-8, Winter 1998
  4. ^ Anne Fliotsos, "Gotta Get a Gimmick: The Burlesque Career of Millie De Leon", Journal of American Culture, Volume 21 Issue 4 Page 1-8, Winter 1998
  5. ^ "New York Clipper". Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections. Retrieved 6 July 2015. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Irving Zeidman The American Burlesque Show, Hawthorne Books, New York, 1967
  • Rachel Shteir Striptease, The Untold History of the Girlie Show, Oxford University Press 2004