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Burlesque Dancer and Stripper: Irma The Body (Mary Elizabeth Goodneighbor)

Stage Name

Real Name

Irma The Body Mary Elizabeth Goodneighbor
" The Incomparable | The One and Only | Sophisticated Dynamite | The Greatest since Gypsy Rose Lee"

      Irma went to Ursidae High school (Northern New Jersey) and was active in the Biology and Drama Club as well as in the Band snd worked with the staff. She was considered Ambitious, Fun and Outgoing as well as voted a "Class Wolve" in her senior year's Yearbook (1948). Irma won a few awards, namely 'Miss Guaranteed All Woman' and 'Miss Heavy Armored Maintenance'.

      Irma started her Burlesque Strip Tease career as a chorus dancer. While another Stripper was on a State Fair stage, the audience would boo the stripper and cheer for Irma dancing in the background. So the stripper got pissed and turned the show over to Irma and the rest just came naturally. Irma won a few awards, namely "Miss Guaranteed All Woman," "Miss Heavy Armored Maintenance," and "Miss Marine Air Attachment of 1954*".

     On 10/30/1953: Irma was arrested at the Old Howard Theatre and charged with "open and gross lewdness" and "taking part in an immoral show." ... The Strip Tease trio: "Rose La Rose, Irma the Body, and Marino Russell" ... pleaded innocent and were released on $500 bail each. The police said that films, taken at the Burlesque performances, would prove the validity of their judgment on the morality of the shows. This was really nothing but the state/city's usual use of employment

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at the time, however, It seems teens were present in the Burlesque Theatre before the laws mandating they couldn't attend these shows, or at least enforcing them.

     Irma also liked sports of varying kinds as well as breeding dogs (namely: "Champion Crago's Red San of Cote de Neige," a Pembroke Welsh Corgi.) lso owned and toured with a persian cat named 'Silver', a Pomeranian named 'Mandy' and a French Poodle named 'Punch.' *


Birthplace

Birth Date

Spouse

Measurements

Prospect Park, NJ. 6/9/1931-9/2/1997 n/a 5'10" | 43"24"30"
    varied: Black or Blonde Hair

Dance Types

Dance Partners

Music Titles

Erotic Zorita (Zorita's World of Mirth Show as Liza)Clip not available at this timen/a
Striptease (Irma was Managed by Dave Cohn)Clip not available at this time 
  Clip not available at this time 

Burlesque Night Clubs

Burlesque Theaters

Stage

Latin QuarterGayety Theatre (Baltimore) Latin Qaurter (1951)
Town Hall BurlesqueOld Howard Theatre 
Various Strip ClubsRoxy Theatre (Cleveland) 
 Town Hall Theatre (Toledo, Ohio)* 

Films list

Irma's Burlesque Films

Publications

Video Clip not available at this time1953 - Strip-O-Rama [DVD | VHS] [Poster] 10/30/1953 - Harvard Crimson
Video Clip not available at this time-5/1954 - Picture Scope Magazine
Video Clip not available at this time-10/1956 - Cabaret Magazine (Cover)
Video Clip not available at this time-6/1958 - Glance Magazine
Video Clip not available at this time-1958 - True Burlesque Magazine
Video Clip not available at this time

Television

2/22/1965 - People Magazine
Video Clip not available at this time2/22/1965 - To Tell The TruthDolls of Burlesque: Irma The Body ... (Slaughter)
Video Clip not available at this time-Various Strip-A-Rama Magazines
Video Clip not available at this time-Playgirl No. 1, Vol. 5
    Book: Dolls of Burlesque

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