Lilli started her career in legitimate films such as "Irish Eyes are Smiling," but these films took her nowhere fast. Lily also did a few Broadway plays but her main gigs were on Bourbon Street as a Burlesque Striptease dancer and namely the "500 Club."
Lilly got into Burlesque around 1948 by dancing in various clubs in New Orleans and later was by Bert Lahr, whom he cast in the stage play "Burlesque" in 1950. By this time she was making a name for herself and started to put together her Nightclub act which had her moving on stage as a stalking feline cat, exuberating male dominance with every move of her Pelvis and Hips with the highlight being her beautiful stomach movements that were akin to a Belly Dancer.
Lilly is said to have never performed on-stage nude but considered herself "an interpretive dancer, not a stripper. .. Ok! lol" Lilly passed away in Broward County, Florida, USA. of peritonitis (a stomach line inflammation).