St. Cyr helped take the striptease out of the burlesque halls and
put it on the glittering stages of the newly created Las Vegas. She was
extravagant, elegant, dazzling and always demure. She helped create the
Vegas sensibility of bigger is always better. She will be forever known
for her trademarked acts, taking a bath on stage and the reverse strip.
She was also known for her pin-up photography, especially for the photos
taken by Bernard of Hollywood. In fact,
was known to have said that St. Cyr was his favorite model
and referred to her as his muse.
Besides dancing and
modeling, St. Cyr tried her hand at the silver screen, starring
in the schlock-fest
"Son of Sinbad" (1955) and the
movie version of Norman Mailer's
"The Naked and the Dead"
(1958). You cannot think of the pantheon of classic dancers without thinking
of St. Cyr.
In 2007, a great biography
of St. Cyr was published titled Gilded Lili: Lili St.
Cyr and the Striptease Mystique. You can read a review of it here.