News
Top News

Tempest Storm Dies: Burlesque Icon And Star Of Russ Meyer Films Was 93

Tempest Storm Dies: Burlesque Icon And Star Of Russ Meyer Films Was 93

Tempest Storm, the often-flame-haired striptease artist, burlesque performer, star of early Russ Meyer films and later a rock generation icon, died Tuesday in her Las Vegas apartment. She was 93.

Her death was reported to the Las Vegas Review-Journal by Storm’s longtime friend and business partner Harvey Robbins. Storm had been suffering from dementia and recently underwent hip surgery.

Robbins was at Storm’s home when she died, as were a nurse and Las Vegas burlesque performers Kalani Kokonuts and Miss Redd.

According to the Burlesque Hall of Fame, Storm was born Annie Blanche Banks in Eastman, Ga, and at the age of 20, already twice-married, moved to Hollywood. At first working as a cocktail waitress, she soon found work as a striptease performer with the Follies Theater. She adopted the stage name Tempest Storm in 1950 and, shortly after her arrival in L.A. became friends with neighbor Marilyn Monroe.

The list of famous acquaintances,

See full article on Deadline