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April March - First Lady Of Burlesque Photo



April March

Burlesque dancer 'April March' B/W photo. Billed as "The First Lady of Burlesque". 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.



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.


  • Real Name: Velma Fern Worden
  • Birth date: 6/18/1935
  • Birth place: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Married: 8 times


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