Tempest Storm, the burlesque dancer credited with bringing ‘the art of striptease to the masses’, has died at the age of 93.
The flame-haired bombshell, who had her 44DD breasts insured for $1 million, passed away at home in Las Vegas Tuesday afternoon following a short illness.
Storm had a successful stage career spanning more than six decades, and was still headlining shows in Sin City into her 80s.
The busty beauty became a Las Vegas legend, dubbed ‘the Queen of Erotic Dancers’. She boasted famous friends including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis and Marilyn Monroe.
Storm also had a short-lived romance with Elvis Presley and even claimed to have had an affair with President John F. Kennedy.
In a 2014 interview with DailyMail.com, Storm stated that the secret to her success was being ‘sexy and classy’ at the same time.
‘You need to be sexy and tease the audience,’ she stated. ‘Make them believe that they are a part of your life at that time. ‘
‘I’ve been around more than 60 years and had the longest career of anyone in the business. There’s nothing I haven’t done, I’ve been through it all.’
Storm was born Annie Blanche Banks in Eastman, Georgia back in 1928.
The daughter of a sharecropper, she left school in the seventh grade and had two failed marriages by the age of 16.
Soon after, she set out for the bright lights of Los Angeles, hoping to make it as an actress, but a burlesque career beckoned.
According to The Las Vegas Review Journal, Storm was working as a cocktail waitress when her voluptuous frame attracted the attention of stage manager Lilian Hunt.
Storm subsequently began a career in burlesque, and quickly became the highest-paid dancer in the country.
‘I didn’t want to be just a flash in the pan. I told myself that if I was going to make it, I was going to be a big star. I had a lot of drive. I wanted to be the best,’ she told DailyMail.com in 2014.
By 1956 – aged just 28 – Storm was already raking in $100,000 a year. She soon began taking her shows on the road, and even performed at New York City’s Carnegie Hall.
She had her most famous assets – her eye-popping breasts – insured by Lloyd’s of London for $1million.
Storm frequently put on shows in Las Vegas, and soon settled in the city on a permanent basis.
As one of the world’s most desired women, Storm’s love life also attracted column inches.
Her most famous fling was with Elvis Presley in 1957 – a romance she recounted in her interview with DailyMail.com
‘I was mixing in high circles and a lot of big names would come and watch my shows. That is how I met ‘Elvis the Pelvis”, she proclaimed.
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