Noel Toy - The Chinese Sally Rand: as scanned from a vintage Forbidden City nightclub program.
Noel Toy was born Ngun Yee on 27 December 1918 in San Francisco to parents from Canton, China. In 1939, while attending University of California - Berkley, Noel was hired to perform as a chorus girl at the Golden Gate International Exposition in San Francisco. Noel performed in the Chinese village portion of the expo’s Pageant of the Pacific, a celebration of the nations of the Pacific Ocean. Charlie Low, the owner of the Forbidden City - a Chinese nightclub in San Francisco - saw Noel at the exposition and approached her about dancing at his club. Noel began performing at the Forbidden City in 1940. She gracefully performed with large ostrich fans, and was quickly dubbed “The Chinese Sally Rand”. Perhaps capitalizing on this nickname, Noel also began performing a bubble dance with a large transparent balloon, another well-known Sally Rand act.
Within a few years, Noel was on the East Coast if the USA, performing in the most popular New York nightclubs including Leon and Eddies, the Stork Club and The Latin Quarter. While performing at Lou Walter’s Latin Quarter, Noel caught the eye of young soldier and actor, Carleton Young and the couple married in December 1945. Once married, Noel retired from burlesque dancing and followed her husband into acting. She had parts in several movies alongside actors like Clark Gable, Humphrey Bogart, and Betty Grable. Though Noel primarily quit acting in the mid-1950s, she would occasionally accept bit parts in shows like Police Woman and M*A*S*H, and a few films as well. Noel and Carleton remained married until his death in 1994. Noel died in 2003, at age 84, and her and Carleton’s ashes are interred together at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
Interview with Kitten de Ville about Make up . From 21st. Century Burlesque
The Wanderlust Burlesque Tour is almost there! See it kick off in Ottawa at Yuk Yuk’s this Sunday!
reasons why halloween is the best holiday:
- you are not obliged to visit your relatives
- you are not obliged to get gifts for anyone
- people will give you candy for absolutely no reason other than halloween
- its the only day when its socially acceptable to go out in public dressed like a penguin
Let’s not forget all the amazing home decor items you can find in the stores!
Burlesque legend Holiday O’Hara.
Delilah Jones (Doris Gohlke): signed 8x10 photo
Born in Germany, Delilah was Miss Teenage Berlin in 1957 and was the runner up in the Miss Germany pageant. She was also a very popular pin up model in the 1950s and 1960s, usually under the name Doris Gohlke. She began her burlesque career in Las Angeles in the late 1950s, and danced with such legends as Sally Rand and Tempest Storm. Delilah is now a legend in her own-right, and performed a stunning routine at the 2013 Burlesque Hall of Fame.
This Saturday I will be performing at the best Halloween party in Ottawa with the sensational Scare-Ah Lynne! Come see my new act, “Une Danse Macabre” and bring your best costume!