Burlesque legend Tempest Storm bares her soul
Tempest Storm tore through the burlesque scene in the 1950s, attracting international fame and the affection of powerful men — including Elvis and John F. Kennedy.
But the fiercely independent dancer is fascinating far beyond her fame and romantic history. For starters, she was sober in a drink and drug-fuelled industry. She later scandalized her fans by marrying to a black man at a time when racism was widespread and overt.
Now in her 80s, the performer formerly known as Annie Blanch Banks has never retired. Today she joins Shad to discuss Tempest Storm, a revealing new documentary about her life on and off the stage.
The dancer opens up about the high personal price she paid behind the scenes, the healing power of telling her own story, and what influential men are really like up close.