June 3, 2010

Linda Brigette

Linda Brigette - The Cupid Doll

Linda Brigette, the Cupid Doll was the last great Bourbon Street stripper from the glory days of burlesque. Born in Winnsboro, Louisiana, she wed at 13 and had a child at 14. Inspired by a Candy Barr performance in Baton Rouge, Linda became a stripper herself.

In the late 1950s, she married a Bourbon Street club owner. After the death of Lilly Christine, Brigette took her spot as the featured attraction at the 500 Club. She was billed as “the Cupid Doll” and “America’s Most Beautiful Exotic.” Her act consisted of a striptease ending with seductive moves on a settee. At just under five feet tall, she was most noted for her enhanced breasts and big platinum blonde hair.

Brigette’s other acts included dancing in an oversized champagne glass, fire-eating, and using live animals (a monkey and a python) as props. In 1966, Brigette was busted on obscenity charges while performing “Dance of a Lover’s Dream.”

Brigette made headlines when Governor John McKeithen granted her a pardon. In the late 1960s, Brigette married for a third time to her spotlight man in what was publicized as the first nude wedding ceremony. Her maid-of-honor was Morganna, a stripper who later became known as “The Kissing Bandit.” Brigette was married for 18 years. She passed away in 2004.

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