Blaze Starr


February 17, 2007|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

It's been more than 30 years since Blaze Starr, the legendary ecdysiast and Queen of Burlesque, last danced across the runway of her Two O'Clock Club on The Block in Baltimore while blowing rose petals to admiring audiences.

"I still dream about it. It was a comedy show and I had lots of fun, but everything has its season," Starr said the other day.

Since retiring in the early 1980s after hanging up her G-string and pasties, Starr embarked on a second career as a successful self-taught jewelry designer and maker. Then living in Sykesville, she was a familiar figure to admirers who visited her stand at Carrolltowne Mall in Eldersburg.

Today, she's living quietly in Wilsondale, W.Va., near where she grew up "within hollerin' distance," she said, of her brother Ben.

"I took the movie money from Blaze and built a home for my mother. I moved back here about 17 years ago to take care of her and a brother, who have since died," Starr said. "I love it here. It's laidback, and I can read all I want. I'm not involved with anyone, so there's no one to boss me around."

She also keeps busy making necklaces and earrings that her brother sells through her Web site.

"I personally sign all of the box lids," she said.

Starr, who has been experiencing a little heart trouble in recent years, will celebrate her 75th birthday in April.

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