Mara Gaye

Mara Gaye (September 16, 1920 – July 22, 2005), born Marjorie Helen Ginsberg in Bronx, New York, was a professional showgirl, dancer with the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes (1938–1943), and exotic burlesque striptease dancer of the 1940s through the 1960s.wikipedia
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Trocadero Theatre

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In the 1950s-60s, during her exotic striptease dance career, she performed at Minsky's, Theaters of the I. Hirst Circuit (Wheel) such as the Troc in Philadelphia, the Hudson Theater, Empire Theater, also Club Samoa on 52nd Street Broadway NYC, the Willows in Rochester, NY, on stage in Detroit, Michigan, as well as numerous private functions such as the Outdoor Knitwear Association Convention at the Waldorf Astoria in NY.
Burlesque performer Mara Gaye performed here in the 1950s.

Tana Louise

In the 1960s, she and Tana Louise started an exotic bizarre costumes mail-order catalog company called Tana and Mara.
In the 1960s, Tana Louise and burlesque striptease artist Mara Gaye started an exotic bizarre costumes mail order catalog company called "Tana and Mara".

Exotique

Tana was the wife of Lenny Burtman, who published Exotique Magazine.
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The Bronx

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Mara Gaye (September 16, 1920 – July 22, 2005), born Marjorie Helen Ginsberg in Bronx, New York, was a professional showgirl, dancer with the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes (1938–1943), and exotic burlesque striptease dancer of the 1940s through the 1960s.

Radio City Music Hall

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Mara Gaye (September 16, 1920 – July 22, 2005), born Marjorie Helen Ginsberg in Bronx, New York, was a professional showgirl, dancer with the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes (1938–1943), and exotic burlesque striptease dancer of the 1940s through the 1960s.

The Rockettes

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Mara Gaye (September 16, 1920 – July 22, 2005), born Marjorie Helen Ginsberg in Bronx, New York, was a professional showgirl, dancer with the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes (1938–1943), and exotic burlesque striptease dancer of the 1940s through the 1960s.

Burlesque

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Mara Gaye (September 16, 1920 – July 22, 2005), born Marjorie Helen Ginsberg in Bronx, New York, was a professional showgirl, dancer with the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes (1938–1943), and exotic burlesque striptease dancer of the 1940s through the 1960s.

Striptease

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Mara Gaye (September 16, 1920 – July 22, 2005), born Marjorie Helen Ginsberg in Bronx, New York, was a professional showgirl, dancer with the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes (1938–1943), and exotic burlesque striptease dancer of the 1940s through the 1960s.

Ann Miller

Marjorie Gaye was cast as a dancer alongside the then-unknown Ann Miller in the 1936 film The Devil on Horseback.

Billy Rose

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In 1937 she performed at the Casa Manana 4,000-seat theatrical restaurant in Texas as part of the Fort Worth Centennial Frontier Fiesta exhibition produced by Billy Rose.

Sally Rand

Fan dancer Sally Rand was the main attraction of the show.

Nanette Fabray

Other shows she performed in include Yankee, Riviera, and My Dear Public with Nanette Fabray.

Soundies

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During 1944 she danced with the Sande Dancers in musical shorts called the Soundies such as "Home Again Polka" with Lawrence Welk.

Detroit

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In the 1950s-60s, during her exotic striptease dance career, she performed at Minsky's, Theaters of the I. Hirst Circuit (Wheel) such as the Troc in Philadelphia, the Hudson Theater, Empire Theater, also Club Samoa on 52nd Street Broadway NYC, the Willows in Rochester, NY, on stage in Detroit, Michigan, as well as numerous private functions such as the Outdoor Knitwear Association Convention at the Waldorf Astoria in NY.

New York City

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At the Holiday Theater, Broadway, New York City, on the marquee "On Stage Michael Rose Capers PARIS SPICE, in person Mara Gaye. Her many shows were met with reviews such as "An Instant Hit" Boston Record,

Phil Rizzuto

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Mara was once the birthday surprise for Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop Phil Rizzuto.

Playgirl

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Photographs of Gaye can be found in many of the early pin-up magazines and publications of the 1950s and 1960s, including Bold, Calvacade of Burlesque, Cherchez la Femme, Dazzle, Frolic, Gala, Hollywood Confidential, Night and Day, Play, Playgirl, Pose, Tab, Tom Boy, Uncensored, and Vue.

Museum of Sex

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Mara Gaye's vanity and a few personal items are currently on view in the ongoing spotlight section of the Museum of Sex in New York City.

List of strippers

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Mara Gaye (born Marjorie Helen Ginsberg)

Minsky's Burlesque

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Others included Danny Kaye, Jack Albertson and Robert Alda, as well as strippers Lili St. Cyr, Georgia Sothern, Ann Corio, Margie Hart, Mara Gaye and Sherry Britton.