Hinda Wassau ... "the Sheba of Shimmy."
'Old Howard' advertisement (6/12/1939)
Burlesque dance, Striptease Artist. aka: 'The Tunisian Temptress,' 'The Blonde Bombshell,' The Girl Who Quakes, Shivers and Shakes,' ''Blonde Blitzkrieg', 'The First Lady of Burlesque*' 'That Glorious Brazillian Beauty' (also various spellings): Wassou, Warsaw, Warshaw, Wassa, Wauson. (Note: There was a Burlesque 'Babe Wassou' - Eltinge theatre 1942). Billed: 'And Her Hindu Belles'. Some report that she may be the first American stripper by accident, after this, 'Stripper' was an official word.
By 1927 she already had an 'indecency police report'. Professionally danced at the 'Alvin', 'Rialto', Howard Athenaeum', 'Globe', 'Steel Pier,' 'Leon and Eddie's, 'Capitol Theaters etc.' Wausau was also known for her 'Shimmy' style of dance and Billy Rose likened her to Gilda Gray, another Shimmy dancer. She trained in Ballet with Albertina Rasch.
Photo 3: An Old Howard advertisement for Hinda Wassau billing her as 'That Glorious Brazilian Beauty' ... Altho she was Caucasian!, Variety magazine often criticized her for this.
- Real Name: Hinda Warshaw
- Birth Date: 1906-1980
- Birth Place: Waterbury, Connecticut (maybe Milwaukee) USA
- Married:Rube Bernstein
- Films: n/a