TRUE BURLESQUE THE FIRST LADY OF RADIUM FRANCITA
Francita the First Lady of Radium! Well, not really. True Burlesque scientist Madame Curie was the first lady of radium, but no one wanted to see her strip. Maybe not even her presumably equally radioactive husband. Marie Curie discovered the element, and it killed her. Francita was obviously a different story, but she still felt the need for a glowing gimmick. Being an "exotic" or at least performing as one, she, of course, did things like "Voodoo Conga" and such, but that she GLOWED was the real gate-grabber. Early radioactive special effects. No wonder I find little about the dancer. I hope she survived her own act.
Francita left a small nuclear paper trail. No real name, no dates…She did dance around the country. One credit is "A Star of Mutiny on the Bounty" which was surely the big dance scene which made Clark Gable radiate from his loins, but I can't find her listed in the credits. She's in there, I know it. Francita also appeared in Flying Down to Rio (see HERE…one of the daredevils on wings, I assume) but that's about it. If anyone knows who or what Francita was, get in touch!
Francita "Seen in a Blackout" First Lady of Radium promotional card New Orleans 1944 Collection Victor Minx.
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