Legendary stripper Carol Doda, who helped introduce topless entertainment, dies at 78 | iNFOnews | Thompson-Okanagan's News Source

Current Conditions

Mostly Cloudy
15.6°C

Legendary stripper Carol Doda, who helped introduce topless entertainment, dies at 78

File - In this Sept. 21, 1978 file photo, Carol Doda performs at the Condor Theater in San Francisco. Doda, the legendary stripper who jiggled in America's first topless bar more than 50 years ago, has died in San Francisco of complications related to kidney failure, friends confirmed. She died Monday, Nov. 9, 2015 at age 78. (AP Photo/File)
November 11, 2015 - 1:16 PM

SAN FRANCISCO - Legendary stripper Carol Doda, who helped introduce topless entertainment more than 50 years ago, has died at age 78.

Friend Ron Minolla says she died Monday in San Francisco of complications related to kidney failure.

Doda went topless in 1964 at the Condor Club and soon changed every nightspot on busy Broadway. She left the club in 1985 and later owned a lingerie store.

Doda, known for her augmented bust, rode onto stage atop a piano on an elevator platform, debuting the same day President Lyndon B. Johnson drew half a million people in a visit to San Francisco. It wasn't long before the big news in town was "The Girl on the Piano."

An illuminated sign on the club in Doda's likeness later became a landmark.

News from © The Associated Press, 2015
The Associated Press

  • Popular penticton News
View Site in: Desktop | Mobile