band caught everybody up in its spell"... By the time she was finished, the whole theatre seemed to explode in a sigh. The audience was almost as exhausted watching as Georgia was performing her act.
She was once the main dancer in 'Michael Todd's' "Star and Garter" show which featured the likes of Gypsy Rose Lee, Lily St. Cyr, Ann Corio etc. at one time. She is quoted as saying: "I have a style all my own," said Georgia Sothern in an interview at the Old Howard Athenaeum. "Most teasers, just take off their clothes and parade around for their audience. Now I really work for my fans." She once even used an Elephant in a Minsky routine until she earned how to spin and twirl about.
She eventually entered the Carny (Carnival) world and joined the "James E. Strates Carny tour" for a period of 28 weeks. Altho successful, this was exhausting for her but taught her more on the business end. She would now start to produce her own touring shows such as "the Top Hatters" and "Sothern's Red-Headed Revue," etc. Hiring her own Strippers, Comics, Dance acts, Magicians, Musicians and more to tour these houses, with her as the headline.
One of the most influential critics of the 1920's and 1930's was H.L. Mencken. He created the expression "Bible Belt" to refer to the ultra conservative South. Georgia wrote to him and asked him to create a new word to use for the profession. His response to Ms. Sothern: "I sympathize with you in your affliction. It might be a good idea to relate strip-teasing in some way to the... zoological phenomenon of molting,...which is ecdysis. This word produces... ecdysiast." She ran with it, however Gypsy Rose Lee was not very impressed and upon hearing of the new term responded thusly: "Ecdysiast, he calls me! Why, the man... has been reading books! Dictionaries! We don't wear feathers and molt them off... What does he know about stripping?".
It has been said repeatedly that Georgia was the hardest working stripper in the Burlesque business and with a career that lasted from 1922 till 1977 when she finally retired at age 67, does show something. Georgia Sothern passed away in New York due to Cancer in 1981, she was 71 years old.