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April March - First Lady Of Burlesque Photo



April March ... "the First lady of Burlesque," "The Femme Fatale."

Burlesque dancer 'April March' B/W photo. She began her lengthy career in 1952 at The Theater Lounge in Dallas, TX. she was also the inspiration of two original songs that were written specifically for her, "Blues for April" and "Springtime for April" which became popular numbers in her act. Her resembalence to Jacqueline Kennedy was to become her billing. Was a dancer in 'This Was Burlesque".



April is considered one of the Innovators of the 'Elegant Striptease'. April is seen here in this 1940's promotional photo in lace see thru top and rhinestone Brazier.


  • Birth Name: Velma Fern Worden
  • Birth Date: 6/18/1935
  • Birth Place: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Married: 8 times (a daughter from her third marriage).
  • Films: Timepiece (1961) | Burlesque Undressed | Behind the Burly Q.


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