Julia M. Jackson, 72, exotic dancer, hostess

March 16, 2004

Julia M. Jackson, a former exotic dancer known as Kitty Dean, died of cancer Thursday at her Northwest Baltimore home. She was 72.

She was born Julia Magnolia Savage in Baltimore and raised in the Mount Winans neighborhood. She spent most of her childhood there and attended Baltimore public schools.

Mrs. Jackson began dancing in the 1940s and retired in the 1960s.

In her entertainer persona as Kitty Dean, her photograph ran in The Sun in 1992 with comedian Redd Foxx at the Sphinx Club. The comedian was one of many national headliners who performed at the once-storied members-only club on Pennsylvania Avenue - The Avenue, as it was known, in contrast to The Block on East Baltimore Street.

For the last 15 years until her death, Mrs. Jackson was a hostess at the Center Club in downtown Baltimore.

Mrs. Jackson was a member of Gillis Memorial Christian Church Community Church, where services were held yesterday.

She is survived by three daughters, Avona Seymore, Sheila Brown and Judith Ellis, all of Baltimore; two brothers, Sylvester Savage of Detroit and Berkley Savage of Baltimore; three sisters, Dolores Katto, Vivian Savage and Rochelle Arrington, all of Baltimore; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Her marriage to Avon Jackson ended in divorce.

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