Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Sarong, so right

Always the sidekick, never quite the star...

We have a centenary to mark today, dear reader - the "first lady of the sarong" Miss Dorothy Lamour!

She may not have been much of a "friend of the gays" in her heyday (she was so "in" with the repressive establishment of the time, it was rumoured she and J Edgar Hoover were dating), but her "exotic siren" look prompted many a drag queen to don a floral throw and get their own back.

And by the time her screen career had disappeared into a morass of "victim" roles in shlock-horror films and guest appearances on Marcus Welby MD, Hart to Hart and (of course) The Love Boat, she had obviously bitten the bullet and embraced "camp" - as she embarked on tour in Hello Dolly and made her descent down those stairs in Sondheim's Follies...

And she certainly could sing and dance!

Can Can:

Apache Dance:

Dorothy Lamour (born Mary Leta Dorothy Slaton, 10th December 1914 – 22nd September 1996)

Visit the Dolores Delargo Towers Museum of Camp, where some of her glorious portraits form our latest "exhibit"

My previous blog about Miss Lamour


  1. Oh........I'll scan it today....I have an autographed photo of the above Bing, Bob and Dorothy on the road movie.

  2. Ah, thanks for this post Jon! Always have had a soft spot for Dottie -- much more gifted than she ever got credit for, and a welcome presence always, no matter the vehicle. A trouper, and a real pro...

    1. "Oh L'Amour
      Broke my heart
      Now I'm aching for you"


  3. She will always be a Star to me.
    She was just adorable.

    1. "The Moon of Manakoora" is certainly an anthem at Dolores Delargo Towers. Jx


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