Tuesday, May 18, 2010
A few Mondays back, I was invited by Lili Von Schtupp to attend her ultra fabulous MONDAY NIGHT TEASE (LA's Longest Running Weekly Burlesque Show)at The 3 of Clubs. It was a very special occasion, that I was thrilled to be invited to! One of my Favorite People in the whole wide world - The One and Only MZ SATAN'S ANGEL, was scheduled to twirl her flaming "Ta Ta's" for the last time ever in La La Land, before retiring to Australia.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with our beloved Angel, let me tell you a little bit about this very fascinating Temptress who happens to be a Legendary Burlesque Queen...
Satan's Angel began her burlesque career in 1961 in San Francisco. She toured with Bob Hope & the USO, appeared on the Gypsy Rose Lee television show, dated Clint Eastwood, Bobby Darin, Hedy Lamarr, and Janis Joplin, defied the convention of The Folies Bergéré in Paris, and worked with Ann Corio, Harold Minsky, Barry Ashton while running with The Rat Pack in Vegas. This Lady has some stories... Everyone who knows her is eagerly awaiting her memoirs!
Angel is true Burlesque STAR, who traveled around the world, known as Satan’s Angel -Her full moniker is, "Satan’s Angel, the Devil’s Own Mistress, Queen of the Fire Tassels." She is the QUEEN and ORIGINATOR of fire tassel twirling! She has performed this act for over 40 years, lighting her tassels approximately 25,000 times all over the world! In 2007, she won “America’s Most Outrageous Talent” award on The Maury Povich Show, & in 2009, Angel received the "LEGEND AWARD" for Life Time Achievement in Burlesque. After the annual Miss Exotic World Pageant, this weekend in Las Vegas, you can catch Angel in San Francisco on THE TA TA FLAMBE TOUR June 16-30, 2010.
In her own words, "The fire tassels was something I came up with after I talked to one of the dancers at the Moulin Rouge. Her name escapes me, but she was a little older, I was about 18 at the time and she was 35. I talked to her and she asked me “what do you do? What’s your thing?” And I said “I twirl tassels.” And she said “oh, they all do that, these days. You need something to stand out, honey, you need a gimmick!” And she was right, it wasn’t enough to just twirl tassels. There were girls out there who did that as well as one could, already. Like Tura Satana—who was, somehow, my competition—she would bend over backwards twirling her tassels. So I asked “What do you want me to do? Light the tassels on fire?!” And she said “Now, there’s an idea!” Read more about Angel here: http://www.satansangel.com/
A few years ago, I had the special honor of creating a Signature Scent for Angel,whose favorite perfumes included Jungle Gardenia, & Miss Balmain...
Angel was one of my inspirations when I was creating Opus Oils' BURLESQUE COLLECTION, so to be able to design a Signature Scent for her was an absolute thrill!!! This is not a woman who takes the subject of Perfume lightly... She is an Old School Glamour Girl with luxury tastes so the stakes were high & I pulled out all the (floral) stops for this one!
ANGELS' SHELF in The Burlesque Lounge at The Jitterbug Perfume Parlour
Angel & I In The Burlesque Lounge
SOTD: SATAN'S ANGEL PERFUME
KEY NOTES: Gardenia, Narcissus, Tuberose, Stargazer Lily, Jasmine,Bergamot, Pink Grapefruit, Labdanum, Oakmoss
***Available exclusively online at www.satansangel.com***
From Opus Oils' Press Release: "Strong and wild like the Lady who inspired it, SATAN'S ANGEL PERFUME is a sultry, narcotic floral bomb that explodes with key notes of Gardenia, Narcissus, Tuberose, Stargazer Lily, Jasmine, Bergamot & Pink Grapefruit, and finishes with a velvet Chypre dry-down reminiscent of glamorous days gone by... "Just a Spritz is all it takes to awaken your inner Burlesque Queen!" "
TASTY TID-BIT #1: ATTENTION Burlesque Lovers ~ This weekend is the Annual MISS EXOTIC WORLD PAGEANT in Las Vegas,NV!!!
(Per Wikipedia) The Miss Exotic World Pageant (officially, the Miss Exotic World Pageant and Striptease Reunion) is an annual burlesque pageant and convention, and is the annual showcase event (and fundraiser for) the Burlesque Hall of Fame (formerly the Exotic World Burlesque Museum). From 1990 to 2005, the pageant took place at the Exotic World Museum's grounds in Helendale, California where Exotic World Museum curator Dixie Evans initiated the Miss Exotic World pageant (in 1990) as a way to draw people to the museum. The pageant, sometimes referred to as the "Miss America of Burlesque," is held in Las Vegas now & attracts former burlesque queens from past decades, as well as current participants of the neo-burlesque scene. The pageant consists of burlesque performances spanning a weekend, culminating with the competition to crown a single performer as Miss Exotic World. Because of the significance of the Exotic World Burlesque Museum to the burlesque community, winning the pageant is considered a top honor for a burlesque performer.
TASTY TID-BIT # 2: BURLESQUE LINKS
(Photo of Dixie Evans,Then)
Article: Burlesque Hall of Fame salutes legendary stars of striptease By Robin Leach