LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3.com) -- Just days before her career was to be celebrated at burlesque houses around the world, a legend and pioneer of the entertainment form has died in Las Vegas.
Dixie Evans, known during her career as the "Marilyn Monroe of Burlesque" because of her resemblance to the movie star died Saturday afternoon at an assisted living facility. She had suffered a stroke earlier this year. She was 86.
Dustin Wax, director of the Burlesque Hall of Fame in Las Vegas that she founded, confirmed her death.
"She moved her in 2006 when the museum to burlesque entertainers that she founded in Helendale, Calif., had a roof collapse.
Wax said that Evans’ dedication to burlesque helped revive the art form in the 1990s.
“She was a mentor to an entire generation and because of that she became the Godmother of neo-burlesque,” Wax said. “She helped to inspire a new and younger generation of women to become interested in it.”
Several burlesque theaters around the globe -- including ones in San Diego, New York, Dallas, London, Kansas City and other locations -- had already scheduled benefit shows as a part of Dixie Evans Week to help raise money for her care and to pay tribute to her career.