Dorian Dennis was one of those bombshells photographed by Irving Klaw, but she had smarts and ambition beyond most of his models. Dorian's Klaw photos are of the busty burlesque type…not the bondage. She did a few of his crappy burlesque shorts too.
Dorian had a degree in chemistry from New York University. Gossip slinger Lee Mortimer once said she was "five seven and a half in her nylons" and had other notable proportions including, of course, the 39 inch bust. He also reports she graduated from high school at age 15 and was a mental wizard…and was once spotted checking out g-strings in Yonkers. (THERE is a big news story…) Fake news reporter Earl Wilson mentioned her in a column or two. The mysteriously murdered or suicide victim Dorothy Kilgallen reported on Dorian's union squabbles in 1959 which led to her moving to Florida.
Dorian Dennis was AKA Dee Dee (no doubt a play on her fake name and cup size) and AKA Double Dynamite and AKA Miss French Riviera (whatever…) Fetish booster Lenny Burtman used her too…in one of his fake "letter to the editor" pieces. The other girls loved her. In a puff piece for the flick "Buxom Beautease" they all say she is one of the best liked girls in burlesque. She is shown here "throwing good material" into her act.
Dorian was represented by Eddie Kaplan, Broadway based flesh merchant. She did the beadwork on some of her costumes (which were specially designed to fall off easily.)
Dorian was born in Brooklyn and aspired to a career as a doctor. But after the war, she took a job as a hat check girl at Toots Shors and at the Latin Quarter. A wire story from 1958, when she was at the top of her game, reports her flying from gig to gig and aspiring to legitimate theater. She never made it.
Unfortunately,as the Miami News reported 12/8/70 she passed away of cancer in 1970, but was dancing the year before. Her last appearances were at strip clubs on Collins Avenue before it became glamorous.
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