Tuesday, January 30, 2007

LIZ RENAY Passes On..

Who the HELL is Liz Renay?.. And why would you care, Rich?!

Fair question. But close friends already know that I have a perverse preoccupation with the subject of 50's-era Burlesque/Striptease.. And though most of today's obits have highlighted Ms. Renay's erratic movie-acting career.. She began her ShowBiz career in the late 40's, as an Exotic Dancer named: Liz O'Leyar!

"Liz O'Leyar" was her stage name. But she was born Pearl Elizabeth Dobbins on April 14, 1926; in Chandler, Arizona. By all accounts, she was a Star Performer throughout most of the 1950's.. Appearing onstage, mainly in the NYC nightclubs along "Strip Alley", on notorious 52nd Street. Though she acted in many cult B-movies thru the 60's.. She would return to Striptease again in the mid-70's, headlining at many L.A. & Hollywood nightclubs & theatres.. Even performing (for a time) with her own daughter: Brenda!

By the sound of it, she led a pretty full & interesting life..
She was something of a serial nymphomaniac.. She married 7 times (Just like her Grandma!).. And wrote 3 books, one of which was entitled: 'My First 2,000 Men'.. A tell-all catalogue of her many sexual conquests?

Early on, she must've had a thing for "GoodFellas", too!
In 1958, the N.Y. State district attorney hauled Liz into court, for questioning.. Albert Anastasia, the leader of the 'Murder Incorporated' crime gang, was ruthlessly gunned down in a NYC barbershop.. By unfortunate coincidence, Ms. Renay just happened to be dating Anastasia's main bodyguard at the time: Anthony "Cappy" Coppola.

Throughout, she had also secretly been dating L.A.'s reputed mob kingpin: Mickey Cohen. Reportedly, she had been laundering some of Cohen's crime money, in NYC. By the early 60's, she'd been caught lying about these details under oath. Was convicted of Perjury. And served 27 months of a 3-Year term, at the 'Terminal Island' Federal Prison for women..

By the early 1980's, she'd finally retired from ShowBiz & moved to Las Vegas.. Where she died last Monday, at the age of 80.


Jim Smith said...

Thanks for the eyeopener Rich. It's always good to discover another fab platinum-type stripper of the '50s. Can't have too many of those. I wonder if she dabbled in the erotic film genre, if you catch my meaning, heh,heh (drool)cough heh,heh. For some reason the old striptease erotic loops seem more tit-tilating than modern erotica with all the body fluids flying everywhere. I hate that. Does anybody else hate that? Discuss.

rich dannys said...

Yeah, I think she was a Redhead thru most of her Burlesk career.. But she changed her hair color a lot, back in those days.
She was very pretty. And (purportedly) was a half-decent film actress, too..
I'm still trying to get my hands on a copy of her 1959 film: 'A Date With Death'.. supposedly one of her very best!
In the early 70's, she DID appear in a few X-Rated movies.. They were produced/directed by Carlos Tabolina; a dude from Peru, that ran a chain of Adult Film theatres in Hollywood, at that time?
Ms. Renay only did fully-clothed cameos & narration for these.. No hardcore stuff!

>>modern erotica with all the body fluids flying everywhere. I hate that. Does anybody else hate that?<<

I'm with you, on that.. Save the "bukkake" stuff for your Godzilla drawings I sez!
I've always been more of an internal cum-bustion (ie. creampie) man, myself!

But perhaps I've said too much.. a-heh

Jim Smith said...

Body fluids are ok in a drawing (with moderation). I was reluctant to draw the bukkake but Bobby Rhine was insistent.

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