50 Years of fabulous Feathered Fem-Fatales!
NEON QUEENS An eye opening account of the Las Vegas Strip seen through the eyes of those “fabulous feathered femmes,” its SHOWGIRLS! - Humorous & touching – from 1948, when it was an adult play-land and the "boys" ran the town, to the 21st century & its corporate driven theme parks. The true stories and pictures come from the girls who climbed the stairs in feathers and rhinestones.
Excerpt from “Neon Queens”.
One late night at the top of the Landmark, about five of the girls were giggling the night away, as they often did. “We were wearing those back-less jumpsuits that were so popular at the time,” says survivor queen Pat Gill. A woman sitting nearby showed her disapproval by insulting the girls' dress and makeup. Finally, the woman threw out the insult that broke the showgirl's back, when she pointed at Pat and said, “Oh, that one must be from Kansas.” (Pat is from South Africa.) Without missing a giggle, Pat turned to the woman, pulled her back-less top to the front and exposed one breast to the heckler, saying, “Does this look like Kansas to you?” The lounge exploded in laughter and applause. For weeks afterward, friends would greet Pat with, “Hey Pat. Where's Kansas?” or “Show me Kansas.”
Where are they now?
We salute our dear friend Penny France – who lost her battle to cancer in 2005 – see you on the stairs dear girl.
Joan Palethorpe – Choreographer for the Palm Springs Follies & others.
Trenna Gulbransen – Hilton Corp.
Jillian Hrushowy – Manager Legends in Concert/Las Vegas.
Lillian D’Honau – Choreographer and pageant judge
Gillian Kabat – retired school teacher
Ann Sidney – Film & theater actress in Australia
Pat Gill – Cancer survivor & photographer
Trish Shapiro – Cancer survivor & artist
Diana Jensen – Wedding coordinator & Mary Kay distributor
Gale Baker now lives in Stuart, Florida.
She is actively involved in theater, and continues to write.
Pictured on this page
The Stardust Opening
Debbie Lee-Les Folies Bergere
Jillian Hrushowy - Lido
Naughty Ladies 2000
Tammy Taylor-Saddle Tramps
Mistletoe & Mischief - 1999
Cindy Padgett - Naughty Ladies
Joan Palethorpe - choreographer
Penny France - producer