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Burlesque and Belly Dancer: Nejla Ates in a dance pose. Hips to the right and arms above her head.

Stage Name

Real Name

Nejla Ates (Nedjai or Nejla)

Necla Batir

"The Exquisite Turkish Delight" | "Little Miss Firecracker" | "Nejla Atesh"


           If anyone could make you believe in Flying Carpets, It probably would've been Nejla. Nejla Ates was a very good Middle Eastern dancer (Belly dance aka al raks sharqi) who did some very erotic dancing during her career. Altho not born in Turkey, it appears as if she may have grown up there with her parents, at least for a time. Danced in a few movies as well with some big name cheesecake dancers such as Lili St Cyr and is said to have been the first "Belly Dancer" to gain fame thru dancing in the movies. Did some Burlesque and Show girl work as a dancer during her career as well.

     Danced at the Casino de Paris and the Ringside Club around 1952 and by 1953 is at Lou Walters Latin Quarter in NYC. and eventually becomes the most sensational show stopper Walter's ever had. She then travels to Las Vegas and is heralded the hottest of the Las Vegas acts along with Billy Daniels.

     It is said she had more lovers than Valentino himself and seems to have been engaged to someone or other every six months or so from doormen to Prince's and even King's (even sued by one,) and in 1952 was briefly engaged to the millionaire Shep Abdullah King but she says they were mostly publicity stunts. In 1955, Burlesque star Rose La Rose becomes enraged at Ates for supposedly stealing her wiggles in "Fanny" and says they are the same ones she did in New York a couple of seasons ago.

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      Seems Ates had some problems with overdosing, relationships,Breaking up others relationships and ... spending all her money on younger men while being wooed by older ones who wanted to marry her even in her early twenties. Ates retired in the 1970's and moved to Istanbul, Turkey where she died at age 73 at an Istanbul, Turkey, hospital. ... There is a statue of her in Central Park.

Birth Place

Birth Date

Spouse

Measurements

Romania3/7/1932-4/2005Francis Elwood Semone (1963-64) 5' 3½"
????Özer Baysaling (1990)??
      

Dance Types

Dance Partners

Music Titles

Belly DanceLou Walters Dancers 1957 - Mohammed El-Bakkar and his Oriental Ensemble (CD)
Burlesque??Music of the Near East (Lp Cover)
Erotic Nejla Ates & Tarik Bulut: The Turkish Delight (Lp Cover)
Morris Dance Oriental Fantasy Gianni Monese (Lp Cover)
The Twist Efem - Nejla Ates Turkish Delight Lp
?? Muzeyan Senar - Nejla Ates Turkish Delight Lp
  Shikir Shikir - Nejla Ates Turkish Delight Lp

Night Clubs

Theaters

Stage

Casino de Paris (1952)Belesco Theatre (1954)1952 - Latin Quarter Revue
Casino Royale (Washington 1956)Majestic Theatre (1956)11/4/1954 - Fanny
Ciro's (Los Angeles)??Sign of the Pagan
El Rancho (Las Vegas)  
La Martinique   
Latin Quarter (NYC)  
Ringside Club (1952)  
Seville Hotel (Miami Beach)  
Thunderbird (Las Vegas)  
   

Video Clips (pop-up)

Films

Publications

Video Clip not available at this time1947 - Kerim 'in çilesi 10/15/1953 - Tempo Magazine (Cover)
1954 - King Richard & the Crusaders - Nejla Scene Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window.
1954 - King Richard & the Crusaders [VHS] 10/30/1953 - Focus Magazine
Son of Sinbad - Nejla Scene Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window.
Son of Sinbad11/18/1953 - People Today Magazine
Video Clip not available at this timeNejla Ates: The Turkish Delight 10/54 - Fotorama Magazine
Video Clip not available at this time??8/24/1955 - People Magazine (Cover)
Video Clip not available at this time 10/1955 - Sir Magazine (Cover)
Video Clip not available at this time 12/1955 - Celebrity Magazine
Video Clip not available at this time 2/1956 - True Magazine
Video Clip not available at this time 5/1956 - Pagent Magazine
Video Clip not available at this time 1963 - People Magazine
Video Clip not available at this time 1965 - New York Visitor Magazine (Cover)
Video Clip not available at this time 1975 - Striparma Magazine vol.2

NOTE: sometimes spelt as Nejla Atesh

Various Nejla Ates Photo's
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