( b. Jul 28, 1918 New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA - d. Apr 01, 2008 New York, New York, USA ) Female
Ms. Britton was still a teenager when she began stripping on the Bowery, and was a top attraction on the burlesque circuit when Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia banned her art form in New York City. Her fellow stripped Zorita called her "without a doubt the sexiest broad that I ever met in my life." A headliner at Minksy's Gaiety Theater on Broadway, the top burlesque theatre in the country, she was known for her wit and intelligence, even though she had never attended high school. One of her better-known lines was, "I strip but I don't tease."
She once performed at a club two blocks from the Eisenhower White House, and Robert Moses banned her from the 1964 World's Fair. Her unpublished memoir was titled "The Stripper, by the Hon. Brigadier General Sherry Britton," in reference to being named an honorary brigadier general by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in thanks for entertaining the troops during World War II.
Following the demise of burlesque, she found work in various venues. She was the onstage narrator of Best of Burlesque, show at the Carnegie Hall Playhouse that spoofed the genre. Bizarrely enough, she appeared as a "Green-clad woman" in a 1951 Lee Strasberg Broadway production of Ibsen's Peer Gynt. In 1958, she starred in the George Abbott-directed comedy Drink to Me Only.
She also appeared in dozens of musicals and plays across the nation, including a stint as Miss Adelaide in a touring production of Guys and Dolls.
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