High Heels and Headresses: Memoirs of a Vintage Vegas Showgirl

High Heels and Headresses: Memoirs of a Vintage Vegas Showgirl

by Betty Bunch

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Overview

In the golden age of the showgirl, dancers were treated like royalty. But Las Vegas legend Betty Bunch was no
pampered princess. In her thirty years on the stage, screen, and television, she faced everything from threatening tigers and menacing movie elephants to leering mob men and bait-n-switch producers.

Betty impressed and worked with many of the day’s best known stars. She danced in the movies South Pacific, Bells Are Ringing, Imitation of Life and others, as well as performing at nine Las Vegas resorts. Betty spent time on the road as a featured dancer with Tony Martin, Louis Prima and the Witnesses, Jimmy Durante, and three television specials with Dean Martin. She was a featured performer in the original company of Bottoms Up at Caesars Palace and still performs with the company Golden Rainbow.

Her varied television acting appearances include Who’s the Boss?, Moonlighting, America’s Most Wanted and a two time appearance on Mama’s Family as guest star. Betty has also appeared on four episodes of Spy TV. Movie credits include Entropy, Mars Attacks, Starman, and Oh God! You Devil. For three seasons, Betty was the Equity guest artist in Tulsa, Oklahoma at Discoverland’s acclaimed production of Oklahoma!

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013636552
Publisher: Stephens Press, LLC
Publication date: 10/04/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 244
File size: 13 MB
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About the Author

Her home town is Austin, Texas where she majored in drama at the University of Texas. She is a member of the Mesquite Club. In addition to completing a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, the university also honored Betty as a “Walking History Book” by transcribing and printing “An Interview with Betty Bunch” regarding Las Vegas’ entertainment history. This publication was donated by request to the Special Collections division of the university’s library.

In recognition of Betty’s talent, the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Nevada’s largest daily newspaper named her as one of Las Vegas’ best showgirls of all time.

Betty states that at a young age she knew that she would become a professional dancer and fondly recalls the royal treatment showgirls received. Betty continues to share her story through her the Vintage Vegas columns she writes for the View Neighborhood Newspapers.

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