Meet Tempest Storm, an 80-year-old burlesque dancer, who recently performed at the Burlesque Hall of Fame’s annual All-Star Burlesque Weekend held at the Palms hotel and casino in Las Vegas. Read her biography and see photos and a video below.

More than 50 years ago she was dubbed the “Girl with the Fabulous Front” and told by famous men she had the “Best Two Props in Hollywood.” Since then, Tempest Storm has seen the art that made her famous on the brink of extinction. Her contemporaries, Blaze Starr, Bettie Page and Lili St. Cyr, have died or hung up the pasties.

Tempest Storm Biography

Tempest Storm was born Annie Blanche Banks on February 29, 1928 in Eastman, Georgia. So her age is 80. She was a victim or child abuse and ran away from home when she was a young girl and by the age of 20, she had already been married and divorced two times, and headed for Hollywood.

Her beauty helped her land a job as a chorus girl, but her curvaceous figure and very generous (and natural I might add) 40″ bosom and 22″ waist combined with a magnetic stage personality led to a highly successful career in burlesque. She took on the stage name of “Tempest Storm” around 1950, legally changing her name in 1957.

Tempest Storm was featured in numerous magazines and burlesque movies including Russ Meyer’s “French Peep Show�?, “Paris After Midnight�?, “Striptease Girl�?, “Teaserama�?, and “Buxom Beautease�?. She travelled and did shows in Palm Springs, Las Vegas and Reno, Nevada — even Carnegie Hall.

Her breasts, or her “moneymakers�? as she called them, were insured by Lloyds of London for one million dollars.

During her career, she was romantically linked with John F. Kennedy, Elvis Presley, Sammy Davis Jr., and Vic Damone.

When discussing her “technique,” Tempest says, “I don’t just get up there and rip my clothes off!” And she’s right about that, at age 80, she does strip very slowly.

“I feel good about myself. And I enjoy it,�? she says. “I have fun when I’m onstage, and the audience loves it. Nobody ever said it’s time to give it up. Why stop?�?

I know the question some of you have…. no, Tempest Storm doesn’t do “pole dancing�?, and she would never put her derriere in a man’s face. Her favorite prop? A feather boa of course. And she still believes after all these years that the trick of good burlesque is having a warm presence and an inviting smile.

She is rarely wistful. Tempest has no doubt she still is what she once was. Although she performs just a handful of times a year, she would do more, if asked. She chides those who think age takes a toll on sex appeal. “That is just ridiculous,” she says.

So is it?

Though I admire her tenacity, limberness :cough: and zest for life, I don’t find her actual strip particularly sexy — although I must admit I am intrigued by that torpedo bra thingy she wears in her video! Any thoughts?

Tempest Storm Burlesque