One of the more interesting names for plays within the Delaware Wing-T is the Sally. The University of Delaware Staff named the play after Sally Rand a famous actress during the early part of the Twentieth Century. Tubby Raymond once told the audience during a clinic that they named the play Sally because like the way the dancer did her act it seemed that the defenses or audience was getting more than they thought. Interesting story in Wing-T history.
Actress and striptease dancer
Sally Rand was arrested four times for indecent exposure on the first day she appeared at the 1933 World’s Fair in Chicago because she appeared to be dancing nude behind feather fans. Actually, it was an illusion; she wore a flesh colored body suit that only made her look nude. The arrest and publicity gave her lasting fame as a ‘fan dancer’.
Rand was born Helen Gould Beck. Her family moved to Kansas City from Hickory County, Missouri when she was four years old. At the age of six she saw the famous Russian ballerina, Anna Pavlova, dance, and convinced her parents to pay for ballet lessons. When she was13 and a freshman at Central High School, she was dancing in the chorus line at the Empress Theater in downtown Kansas City. After high school, she briefly attended the Christian College in Columbia, Missouri before joining a touring vaudeville troupe. While appearing in Los Angeles, Rand caught the eye of the famous "Keystone Cops" director, Max Sennett, who gave her a role in one of his films. She also worked for Cecil B. DeMille in the biblical film, King of Kings. Rand made several more movies but her voice was not good enough for a sound track.
Rand used her dancing talent and flamboyant style as an exotic dancer in burlesque houses across the country. After her appearance at the 1933 World’s Fair in Chicago, her name became a household word.
Rand appeared many times in Kansas City and continued dancing--with her fans--into her seventies, using strategically placed dark lights and wearing a body suit. Her last appearance in Kansas City was April 14, 1978, at a benefit for the Historic Kansas City Foundation at the Midland Theater. She died in California in 1979.
Written by Dory DeAngelo
Taken From http://www.kclibrary.org/sc/bio/rand.htm
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