Tempest Storm has one of the greatest stage names for any
burlesque performer ever, but that isn't all she had. With flaming red
hair and a figure that men would kill for,
soon went from chorus girl to strip-tease star. She also became a pin-up
sensation with the help of legendary photographer and director Russ
Meyer. She was one of the defining women in the golden age of the
striptease, creating a lasting myth that every classic bachelor is thankful
for. For those of you who weren't around to see her in her prime, you can
luckily still find some of her strip-tease movies, most notably Teaserama,
which stars her and Bettie Page.
These films were meant then to be just stag films, but now are treasured
as a glimpse into a world that no longer exists.
If you want to get a real feel for her amazing
performances, here's an essay on Tempest's act called "Weather
Eye on Tempest Storm."
Storm has retired from performing,
but will hit the stage every once in a while (like she did at the 2006
Exotic World Weekend) to show the current generation what the golden age
of burlesque was all about.