written by

John Pisano-Thomsen

Confronted by curious granddaughters who discover “questionable” items in a trunk, 95-year-old Letty Kowalski Baxter recounts her life as a runaway circus orphan turned burlesque soubrette in 1935 New York, her tragic romances, and the backstage rivalry with another showgirl that brought “family” back into her life. “Last of the Burly Girls” is a celebration of late 1930’s New York burlesque at it’s finest (before Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia shut it down) and the indomitable spirit of those fearless, independent women who graced the burlesque stage while surviving the Depression and a sexist world.

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