Dixie Evans, the Marilyn Monroe of Burlesque ~ Vintage #Photos

Sad news: Dixie Evans passed away on August 3, 2013, in Las Vegas.

Dixie Evans, the ‘Marilyn Monroe of Burlesque,’ dies at 86

Long Beach native Dixie Evans emphasized the tease in her striptease act imitating Marilyn Monroe. She later ran a burlesque museum and remained a tireless promoter of the art.

  • Photos from my archives, with newspaper ad.

Jo Weldon interviewed Dixie, who told her:

“Oh, my name is Mary Lee Evans. My grandmother’s name was Dixie. I always thought Mary was too bland and so I changed it in third or fourth grade. I was born in Long Beach, California and raised in Hollywood…”

 There are lots of online references to Dixie Evans, including interviews and videos. Here are but a few of my picks:

According to an article in the Las Vegas Sun newspaper, Dixie’s painted plaster bust was one of the sculptural busts of stars of the bump and grind that were on display in “Breast Defense: Glamour Girls for Early Detection” at the Fallout Gallery on Commerce Street, Las Vegas, for 2008’s Exotic World weekend.