One of Baltimore’s most famous burlesque dancers, Blaze Starr, died on Monday at a hospital in Williamson West Virginia at the age of 83.
Born Fannie Belle Fleming on April 10th, 1932 in Wayne County, West Virginia, Blaze Starr left her small town at the age of 15 under the management of Red Snyder who got her into stripping and even gave her the name Blaze Starr. However, she did not really become famous until she was profiled in 1954’s Esquire magazine. It was then that she began to travel around the United States performing in clubs while still using Baltimore’s Two O’Clock Club as her home base.
Starr was most well known for her gorgeous red hair and voluptuous figure that were admired even more thanks to her enthusiasm on stage and skill at burlesque routines. Not only was the bombshell comedic, but she was also absolutely fearless and will be greatly missed by Baltimore.