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Tempest Storm (born February 29, 1928) is an American stripper, burlesque star, and motion picture actress. Along with Lili St. Cyr and Blaze Starr, she was one of the best known burlesque performers of the 1950s and 1960s. She is regarded as having one of the longest careers as a burlesque performer, spanning more than 50 years. She still regularly performs as of the 2000s.


Early life and career

Storm was born Annie Blanche Banks in Eastman, Georgiamarker. By the age of 20, she had already been married and divorced twice. She decided to head for Hollywoodmarker. Her beauty landed her work as a chorus girl, but her figure, combined with a magnetic stage personality, led her to a highly successful career in burlesque. Her professional debut was at El Rey Theater in Oakland, Californiamarker. She adopted the stage name Tempest Storm about 1950 and changed it legally in 1957.

Feature performer

Storm was a regular performer for many years at a burlesque theater in Oakland, Californiamarker, as well as at clubs around the United States, including in Las Vegasmarker. She was famous for her physical measurements (44DD-25-35) and her naturally red hair. She was featured in numerous men's magazines and burlesque movies, including Russ Meyer's French Peep Show (1950), Paris After Midnight (1951), Striptease Girl (1952), Irving Klaw's Teaserama, (1955) (which also featured Bettie Page) and his Buxom Beautease (1956). She traveled extensively and did many performances in Las Vegasmarker and Reno, Nevadamarker. In the late 1950s, her breasts - her "moneymakers" as she called them - were insured by Lloyds of Londonmarker for one million dollars. She acted in several motion pictures both as herself and in a character role.


With writer Bill Boyd, Ms. Storm told her life story in the 1987 book Tempest Storm: The Lady Is a Vamp. (ISBN 0-934601-25-9). She was inducted into the Exotic World Burlesque Museum Hall of Fame in Helendalemarker, Californiamarker, where one of her G-strings is part of the museum's display.

Storm officially retired in 1995 at the age of 67, but has done occasional stage performances since.

In 1999 she stripped in San Franciscomarker's O'Farrell Theatremarker to mark the club's 30-year anniversary. Mayor Willie Brown declared a "Tempest Storm Day" in her honor.


Storm was married four times. She has one daughter. She currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevadamarker.


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