Christine Ayres ~ Burlesque Star

Christine Ayres

Christine Ayres was born Christina Theresa Sienkiewicz in 1920 in Detroit, Michigan. At the age of four she was stricken with polio and was unable to walk for several years. She started her career as a burlesque dancer using the stage name Charmaine. With measurements of 36-26-36 she became one of the most popular stripped in the country. Christine was nicknamed "The Body Beautiful". She appeared on the cover of Laff magazine and The National Police Gazette. In 1942 producer J.J. Shubert cast her in the musical Cocktails - Five To Seven. Then she became a featured dancer with The Ziegfeld Follies.

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When a reporter asked her if she ever posed nude she said "I always had something on even if it was just a string of pearls." Christine took psychology classes at New York University and rolled bandages at the Red Cross. In 1945 she starred in the Broadway play A Lady Say Yes with Carole Landis. That same year she appeared in the Shubert musical Spring In Brazil. Unfortunately the show flopped. Christine said her first husband had been a milkman from Detroit. She married Milton Hoffman in 1951 and quit show business. The couple divided their time between Detroit and Fort Lauderdale. In 1968 it was reported that Christine had been diagnosed with emphysema.

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