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Betty Rowland, one of burlesque's last queens (and possible inspiration for Tessie Tura?), dies at 106
Last Edit: AlanScott 11:16 pm EDT 06/29/22
Posted by: AlanScott 11:11 pm EDT 06/29/22

I am linking the Times obit, which includes a number of photos.

Although she was far more successful than Tessie Tura, and she did not have (or claim to have had) ballet training or experience, I wondered if she was the inspiration for Tessie Tura when I read the part I am quoting below:

“Ms. Rowland had a languid, balletic style (hers was a gentle grind) and she often threw in an undulating stretch and drop known as a German roll. Her costumes were elegant: She favored long skirts with a side slit to the hip, bandeau tops and evening gloves. After a slow burn, she shed most of her gear; but, like most burlesque stars, she kept her pasties and her G-string on.

“One of her signature pieces was called 'Bumps in the Ballet,' a spoof of a ballet routine that she liked to introduce to her audience with a bit of patter: 'Let’s put a little juice in the Ballets Russes, and give the dying swan a goose. In a classical sort of way, might I put a bump in this ballet?'”
Link Betty Rowland, One of Burlesque's Last Queens, Dies at 106 (Times obit)
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