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      Angel Carter       

Angel Carter was a stripper from Las Vegas, but originally, she was from the Island of Samoa. She was a vocalist who  also sang in her act. She was the dancer that gave me the hardest time when I first started at the Body Shop, but eventually we did become friends.  She was dating Peter Graves from Mission Impossible then, and she had appeared on the Johnny Carson Show.

 


                                          
Kriss Kross 
and unknown                                          
Moriah



 
"Red"

The Body Shop had once been a burlesque club,but when I was there, it was in the midst of a lotof changes.  The girls that worked there were the greatest strippers in the world. Most of them had worked in Las Vegas as strippers or showgirls. When I started, Al, the owner had decided to become the first nude club on the Strip. I was hired as the Body Shop's first all-nude dancer, which caused a lot of friction between me and the other girls for a while, especially Angel.


 Susie
and me 

 

 


Kitten


This is a recent photo of the Body Shop today.
Steve Sasco took this photo during his trip to 
Hollywood in August, 2003.

A recent Body Shop dancer, Vivian, has written to me.
We compared then and now notes and came to a conclusion. 
The Body Shop today, is a great contrast to the past.
Here's Vivian's photo she sent.


Vivian, Body Shop 2002

I once found a quote from the Motley Crue band
describing the meaning of the song, Girls, Girls, Girls.
"All the places mentioned in the song--like the Dollhouse in Fort Lauderdale, the Marble House in Paris, France, The Body Shop and the 7th Veil in L.A.--these are all strip clubs. It's pretty self-explanatory."


Me, as Simone,
wearing a wig, two
hairpieces, and three
 pairs of eyelashes   

 


Oscar Cartier,
the comedian, was from the old Vaudeville
school. He wasn't very funny, but he knew
that there wasn't much he could do to
get attention and respect from the
audience anyway, because of the
environment he was in. He was
a wonderful man who turned me
on to some great books about
life, and God, and the other side.

    

Oscar won Comedian of the Year in Australia.
He was the Master of Ceremonies for the TV show, Your Hit Parade,
and was in the movie Six Pack Annie as Louis Danton.
In 1975 he put out a 45 called 'A DJ's Nightmare.'

Within a year, all the dancers in the club were nude, 
along with all the other strip clubs on Sunset Boulevard--including the Largo and the Phone Booth. Things rapidly went downhill because, the clubs were competing with each other for customers, so to entice
business, the dancers were getting raunchier.
That's about the time I left Hollywood--
in the early seventies. I refused to dance that way.

 


Tommy, the doorman,
young and mischievous

  



             This is Monica, who was from 
South America. She started at the Body Shop as a 
waitress, but when the club went nude, she wanted 
to dance, so she was the second dancer in the show to 
go completely nude. Monica was a strange bird--
sultry and funny and warped.



Yours truly,
Simone

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"I don't know why I loved L.A
When you wised up, you left
Bidin' time out west I guess
Was the thing I loved the best
I realize now it was my last dance
And your last rowdy thought
Well, if I had a hat on
I'd sure take it off"

R.D. Simone 1990
Third Stone, First Rose