|Femmes Fatales||Jun 3 2009|
Her given name was comically awful—Willis Marie Van Schaack. But when she decided to abandon the chorus line for a career as an erotic dancer, she became Lili St. Cyr. From that point forward her life was a turbulent, pulptacular ride, marked by marriages and divorces, suicide attempts, obscenity lawsuits, and lots of tabloid headlines. Hers were perhaps the most creative acts in all of burlesque, and her influence changed acquaintance Marilyn Monroe from just another brown-haired girl to a platinum sex goddess. Lili St. Cyr, aka the Anatomic Bomb, was born today in 1918.