Sherry Britton

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Sherry Britton (1918 - April 1, 2008) was one of the most stunning burlesque performers of the 1930's and early 1940's. The 5'3" (160 cm) Britton had an 18" (46cm) waist, and was once said to have a "figure to die for". She was born Edith Zack, in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

When burlesque went by the wayside due to the NYC ban in 1940, Britton turned to plays, eventually appearing in almost 40 of them. Britton also spent much time during WWII entertaining troops, for which she was made an honorary Brigadier General by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. She was also a trained belly dancer, and acted on Broadway.

Britton was performing in Washington, D.C. clubs as late as 1958 (at or near age 40). She was barred from appearing at the 1964 New York World's Fair, because she was too risque. She instead became a cabaret singer and appeared in many theater productions.

In 1971. Britton, who had been married twice previously, and who once said she'd been engaged "14 times", married wealthy businessman Robert Gross (no relation to aviator Robert E. Gross). Gross urged her to attend Fordham University. Although Britton had never attended high school, she was said to have a very high IQ. She attended Fordham and graduated pre-law in 1982, magna cum laude, at the age of 63.

After Gross died in 1990, Britton lived a fairly quiet life of retirement, stepping back into the limelight in 1993 on her 75th birthday performing at the Marriott Marquis Hotel on Broadway in NYC.

Britton died of natural causes on April 1, 2008.

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