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Mary Lee Evans Net Worth

Mary Lee Evans Net Worth is
$18 Million

Mary Lee Evans Bio/Wiki, Net Worth, Married 2018

Dixie Evans (August 28, 1926 – August 3, 2013), born as Mary Lee Evans, was an American burlesque dancer and stripper. Evans is probably best remembered for her burlesque parody as Marilyn Monroe. Evans entered show-business as a model and later chorus girl before becoming a star dancer. By the early 1950s she was a headlining burlesque star on the West coast when approached by producer Harold Minsky with a promise of steady work in his chain of theaters if she adapted her stage persona to that of then-rising star Marilyn Monroe. At first Evans objected but soon agreed. Like other strippers of the time period (including Lili St. Cyr and Jennie Lee), Evans was extremely well known in nightclubs and was largely under-paid. Evans's Monroe-burlesque act was the dancer's gimmick. Several other dancers also parodied female stars and noted historic women. Her acts parodied Monroe's films and known aspects of Monroe's life.In real life Evans was three inches bigger in her breast than Monroe: Evans (est. 40-26-34) and Monroe (est. 37-24-35). According to the reporters, Evans looked very like Monroe and in some side-by-side photos you can't tell the two apart. Arline Hunter, another pin-up and glamour model who moved into burlesque, also capitalized on a strong resemblance to Monroe.When Monroe died in 1962, Evans prepared a tribute show which was well received by critics and audiences. Evans soon came to feel disturbed by being sometimes mistaken for the dead star and curtailed the act, replacing it with a parody of Irma La Douce. Evans was still a draw, but the burlesque she loved was drying up and as she entered her late thirties she retired from performing and helped run the entertainment at a resort facility.Upon the death of her close-friend and dancer Jennie Lee in 1990, Evans took over the annual reunion meetings of the Exotic Dancers League Lee had helped found and the burlesque collectible museum, Exotic World, later Burlesque Hall of Fame that Lee had owned and run. In 1991, Evans began to produce annual fundraising shows to support the museum and its holdings. The museum consisted of hundreds of items used in burlesque entertainers' acts over the years and was moved from its original location in 2005 and 2006. Evans had returned to modeling in the late 1980s and resumed performing during the first dozen years of the events, later limiting herself to on-stage addresses. Her last full-fledged Monroe impersonation may have been at the 2002 Tease-O-Rama event where she mimicked Monroe's performance of Runnin' Wild from the film Some Like It Hot. She also gave numerous tours of the museum at its original location and would recite bits of her old Monroe acts in her uncannily accurate Monroe soundalike voice for attendees.Evans died on August 3, 2013, aged 86.
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Date Of BirthAugust 28, 1926
Died2013-08-03
Place Of BirthLong Beach, California, USA
ProfessionActress
Star SignVirgo
#Fact
1Promoted the Miss Exotic World Pageant annually, for 16 consecutive years, in which burlesque stars of old and anew met with their many fans, a new Miss was crowned. At her estate (29053 Wild Rd, Helendale, Los Angeles, California, USA) she founded and was an active curator of the Exotic World Burlesque Museum & Striptease Hall of Fame, later renamed to Burlesque Hall of Fame. It features stage props and personal lingerie from such stars as Sally Rand and lingerie from Gypsy Rose Lee. Some years after her death, the museum pieces were taken to Los Angeles, and the estate fell into decay.
2She was working in celery fields near Los Angeles when she saw an ad for Hollywood chorus girls. This led to modeling jobs and burlesque. Her beauty, and her act imitating Marilyn Monroe, made her a top icon of burlesque.

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Smut1999Marty's Mother
Mafia Girls1969Stripper

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bump & Grind: The Making of a Burlesque Diva2008TV Movie documentary special thanks

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Into the Zone: The Story of the Cacophony Society2012Documentary
Satan's Angel: Queen of the Fire Tassels2012DocumentaryHerself
The Last First Comic2010DocumentaryHerself
Behind the Burly Q2010DocumentaryHerself
Burlesque Undressed2010DocumentaryHerself
Bump & Grind: The Making of a Burlesque Diva2008TV Movie documentaryHerself
SexTV2001-2006TV Series documentaryHerself
Pretty Things2005TV Movie documentaryHerself
Rewind America2001DocumentaryHerself
Welcome, Sinners! The Velvet Hammer Story2001Documentary shortHerself - Promoter of Miss Exotic World Pageant
The Unveiling1996DocumentaryHerself
Too Hot to Handle1950Documentary

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Striptease: The Greatest Exotic Dancers of All Time2004Video documentaryHerself

Known for movies


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