Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Miss Great Britton Reaches (for) the Stars

Sherry Britton, a brainy, sexy stripper who was the queen of Broadway burlesque in her 20s, was barred from the World's Fair in her 40s and graduated from college in her 60s, has died. Britton, dubbed Great Britton and once made an honorary brigadier general by President Roosevelt for her work entertaining World War II troops, died Tuesday in Beth Israel Hospital of natural causes. She was 89.

"She had an IQ of 165, lived on Gramercy Park and aged gracefully," said a cousin, Karen Britton.

The irrepressible Britton was singled out in a recent HBO documentary as "among the most stunning of yesterday's burlesque stars..."She had 'jet black hair and an hourglass figure to die for.'"
When the sand ran out inside this hourglass figure, it was time to die.

[New York Daily News]

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