Lily Ann Rose was born in Cambridge, raised in burlesque, and banned in Boston. On Monday night, March 23, the City of Cambridge made up for it's more prudish neighbor across the river. Mayor Denise Williams sponsored a resolution naming Friday, April 10, 2009 (the opening day of The Great Boston Burlesque Exposition) as "Lily Ann Rose Day". The proclamation was passed unanimously by the City Council.
At fourteen, Lily Ann Rose followed her mother and three aunts into the world of Burlesque. She learned to twirl tassels from Sally Keith, envied Sally Rand's famous feathers, and emulated Ann Corio, Boston's most beloved stripper. Comic Totie Fields introduced her with 'body beautiful' jokes, and she worked with some of the most famous baggy pants comics of the day. She was befriended by mob bosses, champion boxers, politicians (including Jack Kennedy), and held captive by the Chicago Mafia. She paraded and stripped to the songs of boy tenors including Robert Goulet, was banned in Boston when she mistakenly bared her breasts on-stage under the watchful eyes of Boston's Watch and Ward Society, and was imprisoned by an overzealous State Trooper – all before she turned eighteen.
You can meet Lily Ann Rose and half a dozen other legendary burlesque performers at The Great Boston Burlesque Exposition, April 10-12, 2009. For tickets and more information, please visit www.Burlesque-Expo.com