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Hollywoodland Jan 29 Lili St. Cyr was beloved by legions of fans—the question is whether she loved herself. Today was the day, back inthat the world was deprived of Lili St. Cyr, when she died of heart failure at the age of Her life at the end was quiet—just her and some cats in a modest Hollywood apartment—but during the s she burned up burlesque houses from coast to coast as the most famous, beautiful, and artful exotic dancer in America. She was born in Minneapolis, but her family moved to Pasadena when she was young. Like many girls from her background, she wanted to be a ballet dancer, and her family paid for lessons.
When she was eighteen she accompanied her sixteen-year-old sister on a dance interview, and the agency also took a liking to her. But the low pay made her determined to headline, even it meant taking off her clothes. Her nude debut was two years later at The Music Box. Cyr over her unusual birth name that her career began to blossom. It was during that time that she developed some of her trademark techniques, including working with a cockatiel, and having her g-string snatched off by a fishing line that was invisible to the audience.
Burlesque crowds were usually raucous, but St. Cyr, with her sheer grace and insistence upon infusing balletic movements into her routines, more often awed audiences into silence. Cyr was famous enough to travel North America as a headliner. By now she was more than simply Lili St. Cyr—she was The Anatomic Bomb. One of her standard Canadian routines was to perform in a transparent bathtub filled with bubbles. Cyr was hauled into court on obscenity charges. But the arrest was an opportunity, and she used the publicity to further burnish her fame.
By the time the jury acquitted her after only 80 minutes lili st cyr nude deliberation, all of America knew Lili St. At the height of her fame in the mids, St. With the fame came famous suitors such as Howard Hughes and Vic Damone, but she seems to have married only for love, if one is to judge by the fact that none of her six husbands were celebrities.
With the fame also came the moral watchdogs, those desperate to stop consenting adults from doing what they wished with their own time, and the arrests followed. She was making enough money to afford top legal representation, and she chose the best—Jerry Giesler, who we discussed last June. If that film—which was based upon a Pulitzer Prize-winning Normal Mailer novel—had been a success, St.
Cyr might have shifted careers. She had long ago grown tired of burlesque, discussing her desire for a career change as far back asduring a painfully clunky interview with Mike Wallace. But the film was middling, and her performance failed to impress, so she stuck with stripping—the only thing she knew.
In she attempted suicide by taking an overdose of sleeping pills. Her personal life had been something of a shambles for years. The double-edged nature of fame was made abundantly clear when she landed on the front cover of Confidential.
Inside were unflattering photos, including a police mugshot. As much as the public loved St. Cyr, it was her enemies that seemed to control the direction of her life. Her legal troubles continued, and another marriage went by the wayside. But St. Cyr was nothing if not persistent. Cyr, and her garments were geared toward a male clientele—the idea being that prodding men to give lingerie as gifts was more profitable than trying to appeal to women.
Cyr was right, and her business became wildly successful, hawking its wares in colorful catalogues that remain collectibles even today. After St. Cyr sold controlling interest in the business, she drifted into a quiet twilight, but, like former nudie queen Bettieexperienced a revival during the s. But unlikeSt. Most of the sites we visited looking for information on St. Cyr discuss those years of seclusion as if they were an anomaly. But in that Mike Wallace interviewshe confessed that she hated having people look at her.
Cyr was always destined to spend her last years avoiding the limelight.
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