Dixie Evans was a great American burlesque dancer best remembered for her parody of Marilyn Monroe. She was burlesque royalty and was responsible for curating and promoting the Burlesque Hall of Fame Museum in Las Vegas. Dixie Evans recently passed on the 3rd of August after suffering a stroke earlier this year.
Dixie began her career as a model before becoming a chorus girl and was then quickly promoted to becoming a star dancer. Early in her career she was approached by Harold Minsky with the promise of steady work if she did an act to impersonate Marilyn Monroe. At first reluctant, Dixie later agreed and soon her Monroe acts led her to national fame.
When Monroe died in 1962, Dixie prepared a tribute act to her which was received well by the public and she soon retired from the parody. Dixie continued to work in burlesque and perform for packed clubs and rowdy audiences all over America.
In 1990 Dixie’s friend Jennie Lee passed away and Dixie assumed the role of curating the Exotic World Museum, now known as the Burlesque Hall of Fame. Dixie began to fundraise annually for the museum and created burlesque’s biggest festival and gathering – the Burlesque Hall of Fame held every year in Las Vegas.
Dixie will always be remembered for her amazing contribution to the burlesque industry and her spirit will live on in the Burlesque Hall of Fame museum. A global fundraising event called ‘Dixie Evans Week’ was held in August to raise funds for the deceased legend and to assist in the preservation of the museum.