|Dixie Evans, The Marilyn Monroe of Burlesque, press photo.|
After Jennie Lee's passing, Dixie took over the Goat Farm and created the Miss Exotic World competition which would later become the Burlesque Hall of Fame. The museum, the legend shows and panels, classes and sense of family that these events have brought to the burlesque community through out the world is because of Dixie. I have learned more about the history of burlesque by sitting in panels, drinking at bars, and just being around the amazing legends that this weekend draws each year.
|Myself, Dixie Evans, Talloolah Love and Siren Santina at BHoF 2008.|
Syrens of the South 6 year anniversary show. The show I produce has been running for 6 years, it can now go to kindergarten. With out Dixie's inspiration and love of burlesque we may never have even known about burlesque. Burlesque has given me some of my most amazing memories, stories I will definitely be repeating while I'm in the old folks home, and friendships that will last a life time. It is this amazing part of my existence and I have Dixie Evans to thank for that.
When Dixie suffered her stroke a few months ago the entire burlesque community came together from around the world to create Dixie Evans Week. Syrens of the South's show is scheduled for August 27th at The Shelter in Atlanta. We will still be doing that show in her honor because that's what she would have wanted. There is discussion of having a legend's fund to help the burlesque legends with medical bills and such or it will be donated to the Burlesque Hall of Fame to keep her dream and what she started alive.
On a side not, Marilyn Monroe passed away on August 5, 1962. Dixie Evans, the Marilyn Monroe of Burlesque, passed away on August 3, 2013 during Marilyn Memorial Weekend. We got an addition 51 years of Dixie. I know it's just a coincidence, but I prefer to think of it as dedication to her art, she stayed in character until the end because that's what class acts do! We love you Dixie!