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Blaze Starr Dead: Burlesque Dancer Dies At 83 From Heart Problems

Wed, June 17, 2015 10:46am EDT by Add first Comment
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So sad. Blaze Starr, AKA ‘The Hottest Blaze in Burlesque’, has passed away at 83 years old. The voluptuous dancer and stripper was best known for her vivacious dancing and comedy, and she will be mourned by tons of her beloved and loyal fans.

Blaze Starr, 83, has sadly passed away. The Burlesque queen suffered from severe heart condition, which ultimately took her life on Monday, June 15. She will be sorely missed.

With fiery red hair, Kardashian-worthy curves and a playful sense of humor, Blaze attracted admirers at every turn. The Queen of Burlesque enjoyed a long and flavorful life, from dancing in clubs across the country to inspiring a movie. 1989’s Blaze is based on her affair with a Louisiana governor, Earl Long. Blaze also penned a memoir, Blaze Starr: My Life as Told to Huey Perry, in 1974.

Blaze was discovered in a doughnut shop at just fifteen years old. “I was 15 and working as a waitress at the Mayflower Donut Shop in Washington, D.C., when a man named Red Snyder told me I was pretty and ought to be in show business,” Blaze writes in her book. “I said I had been raised to believe it was sinful to dance, but I could play the guitar. ‘Good,’ he said. ‘I’m going to make you a star.'”

One of Blaze’s trademark moves was called “the exploding couch”. “I had finally got my gimmick, a comedy thing where I’m supposed to be getting so worked up that I stretch out on the couch, and — when I push a secret button — smoke starts coming out from like between my legs,” Blaze has said. “Then a fan and a floodlight come on, and you see all these red silk streamers blowing, shaped just like flames, so it looked like the couch had just burst into fire.”

Blaze’s nephew, Earsten Spaulding, confirmed that she fell ill at her home in Wildsondale, West Virginia, and died at a hospital nearby. The nephew said Blaze had recently had heart bypass surgeries. Our thoughts remain with Blaze’s family and friends during this incredibly difficult time.

— Gabriella Ginsberg