Dixie Evans, known as the Frisco Flash and the Marilyn Monroe of Burlesque, believes the industry never received the credit it deserved for its contributions.
"We saved America in the '30s," she told The Los Angeles Times. "It was the Depression, a sad time. But men could come into the theater and see a flamboyant, gaudy show with a wild sense of humor, and we put smiles on their faces. It wasn't just the dancers. There were comics, jugglers."
Evans hopes Exotic World will give burlesque its due.
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