Carmela - The Sophia Loren of Burlesk: vintage 8x10 photo
Carmela was a divorced mother of two working as a waitress in Washington DC, when she decided to give burlesque a try. Eventually she signed with Sol Goodman, who was also Blaze Starr agent and the owner of the 2 o’clock Club in Baltimore, MD. Originally Carmela had danced under the moniker “The Torrid Twister”, but Goodman suggested they capitalize on her resemblance to Sophia Loren. Carmela was known for her muscle control and acrobatic style. She was also a talented seamstress and made all her own costume, including the hand beading.