Wednesday, July 30, 2008

"Stars Who Played Strippers," on Entertainment Weekly

There was a piece about actors stripping in films on EW.com:
Photo Gallery of Stars Who Played Strippers
It includes one of the scenes I show in my "Exotic Dance in Contemporary Film" lecture, Diane Lane in Big Town, and a lot of others I considered including but left out in the interest of keeping the lecture focused.

Demi Moore in Striptease. Whatever was wrong with this movie, I have to say that both the stage dancing and the table dancing (when Burt Reynolds kept talking to her while she was dancing) were incredibly accurate about what stripping looked like in the clubs where I worked in the 80s and 90s. I toured, so I saw a lot of clubs, and this is very much what I remember:

Entertainment Weekly couldn't include them all, obviously. Not pictured in the EW gallery:
Christopher Walken in Pennies from Heaven
Michael Ontkean in Slap Shot
Valerie Perrine in Lenny
Lolita Davidovich in Blaze
Brigitte Bardot in Mademoiselle Strip Tease
Joanne Woodward in The Stripper
Pamela Anderson in Barb Wire

Care to add to the list?

Posted by Jo Weldon, Headmistress of The New York School of Burlesque, for burlesquedaily.blogspot.com.

5 comments:

La Divina said...

Sherilyn Fenn as Candy Cane in "Rudy".

Keith Ramsey said...

Well, there was Lesley-Anne Down in "The One and Only Phyllis Dixey", although I'm not sure if that ever found its way to the US.

Burlesque Daily said...

And she did that great bump n grind in Victor/Victoria

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDwIXSMjBl0

Keith Ramsey said...

Ah no, this is who I was thinking of

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfMcDufdoTc

Burlesque Daily said...

Oh! So I'm looking at Lesley Anne Warren.