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St. Cyr, Lililocked

(03 June 1918–29 January 1999)
  • Dennis Wepman

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St. Cyr, Lili (03 June 1918–29 January 1999), striptease dancer, was born Marie Frances (sometimes reported by her as Willis Marie) Van Schaack in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the daughter of Edward Van Schaack, who was drafted into military service almost immediately after his daughter’s birth and remained absent from most of her life, and Idella Marian Peeso, whose mother, Alice, and stepfather, Ben Klarquist, a carpenter, raised Marie and her two sisters. The family moved to Pasadena, California, when she was seven years old, and she attended school there until dropping out after finishing the ninth grade. She worked as a waitress in Hollywood in her teens and became a chorus girl at the Florentine Gardens there at about the age of seventeen. That year she married Dick Hubert, the headwaiter at the restaurant, but the marriage ended within months. She was to marry five more times, in 1936, 1946, 1950, 1955, and 1959. All her marriages ended in divorce within a few years, and none produced children....

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