Faith Bacon ... "America's Most Beautiful Dancer," "The Original Fan Dancer"
Vintage Burlesque Dancer: Said she decided to become a dancer when she visited Paris, France. During her career, she used bubbles, flowers and her famous fans. Danced in the 8th Earl Carrol Vanities and 1931 Ziegfeld Follies and in 1933 the Chicago Worlds Fair. Due to nudity laws at the time, Miss Bacon and Earl Carrol tried several different tricks to get around these indecent exposure laws thereby having created the 'Fan Dance' that later made Sally Rand famous.
While working in the show Temptations in the winter of 1936, Bacon cut her thighs when she fell through a glass drum on which she was posing nude... The cuts left her thighs scarred. In October 1938, Bacon sued dancer Sally Rand for $375,000 in damages and sought an injunction barring her from doing the fan dance which Bacon still maintained that she originated. Bacon accused Rand of stealing the dance. Rand denied Bacon's accusations.
Her career started to decline in the 1940's and onward into the 1950's, eventually she could find no work and sometimes found herself broke and sometimes destitute. She died by suicide by jumping out of a window in 1956. (very sad).
Tinted Photo 1: Miss Bacon posing and we can see why she was called "America's Most Beautiful Dancer"
- Birth Name: Frances C. Yvonne Bacon
- Birth Date: 7/19/1910-9/26/1956
- Birth Place: Los Angeles, CA. USA.
- Married: Sanford Hunt Dickinson
- Clubs/Theaters: n/a
- Films: Prison Train ('38) | Lady With Fans (short) | Dance of Shame (short) |