GOODSTUFFs Time Machine™ presents an exposé on Burlesque Queen Blaze Starr and Louisiana governor Earl Long. Plus, this enormous meta blog post contains all the science and vintage stuff a body needs!
Sometime in the late 1950s the elderly Earl Long got involved with the buxom young Blaze Starr (aka Miss Spontaneous Combustion), and it was a scandal for the ages. Blaze Starr had a routine in which she wriggled around on a sofa so sensually that it began smoldering (thanks to a hidden smoke machine). The routine had been a hit everywhere she worked, and by the time she appeared at New Orleans’s Sho-Bar she had it down to a science. Governor Earl Long had wandered into the place with several friends and staffers, and when he saw the smoldering sofa routine he was smitten.
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All though they were both married at the time, the ‘devoutly’ Baptist Governor Earl Long made his way backstage and asked Blaze Starr out to dinner. She responded by asking if she could trust him. His response: “Hell no.” The two hit it off and, after a few false starts, embarked on an affair. Earl Long was deliriously happy, but others were not, and Earl Long's wife, perhaps out of retaliation for his affair with Blaze Starr, committed her husband to Southeast Louisiana Hospital — a mental institution. Long couldn’t get out of the bin on his own, but due to a loophole in the law retained his powers as Governor.
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For a time Earl Long he ran Louisiana from his hospital room, and eventually devised an escape plan, which involved having the head of the state hospital system fired and replaced with someone who would pressure Uncle Earl Long’s doctors to declare him mentally competent.
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Upon release, Earl Long resumed his relationship with Blaze Starr and made plans to run for Congress in the fall. In August 1960 he won a Democratic primary, but just a month later died of a heart attack.
The relationship between Earl Long and Blaze Starr has been much dissected since then, and some revisionists have denied that it was at all meaningful to Earl Long. Perhaps not, but it meant something to Blaze Starr. Years later she said in an interview with People magazine: “I still dream about stripping sometimes. When I do, Earl is in the audience watching me do my thing. Then I wake up and feel sad. I miss Earl and I miss being on that stage.”
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