“Appearing Nightly BLAZE STAR ‘The Queen of Burlesque’” reads the ad on page 2 of the Nov. 20, 1963, Roll Call.
From the Nov. 20, 1963 Roll Call. (Jason Dick/CQ Roll Call)
It’s a reminder that not all of the advertising that has appeared in Capitol Hill newspapers such as our own came from the Nerve Gas Association of America or some such trade group looking to further a legislative agenda or burnish its credentials. The small partial ad was a fixture in our pages, appearing week after week to tout Star’s performance at The Playgirl Lounge at the corner of 13th and F streets NW. There’s a Starbucks there now.
Of note: This is not the famous exotic dancer who had a long-time affair with Louisiana Gov. Earl Long in the 1950s, which was itself the subject of the 1989 Paul Newman-Lolita Davidovich movie “Blaze” by Ron Shelton. That would be Blaze Starr, with two “r”s.
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Jason Dick is the Hill Life editor for Roll Call and has also worked at Greenwire, CongressDaily and National Journal Daily during his time in Washington. @jasonjdick