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Blaze Starr and burlesque's 'big to-do'

Blaze Starr and burlesque's 'big to-do'

When first I heard the name Blaze Starr, it was from an old stripper named Betty, who tended bar at the Stage Door on The Block in the late 1970s. "Honey," she said, "you should've seen Blaze. She was really something" With a wave of his hand, bar manager Milton Carter demurred. "Fanfare," he said. "Had to make a big to-do out of everything." "A big to-do" — in its essence, that's burlesque. But in 1978 when, as a high school dropout from a broken home I landed on The Block in Baltimore, I didn't know burlesque from a brassiere. I'd seen the word in drugstore paperbacks, heard it in old movies. But it...

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