- Category : 1910-births
- Type : GP
- Profile : 6/2 - Role Model / Hermit
- Definition : Split - Large
- Incarnation Cross : LAX Obscuration 1
American burlesque dancer and actress, billed as "America's Most Beautiful Dancer" during the height of her career in the late 1920s and early 1930s. She used bubbles, flowers and fans in her nude dance routines.
Bacon's career in burlesque began in the 1920s in Paris, where she met Maurice Chevalier and later premiered in his revue.
After returning to the United States in the late 1920s she listed her performance as "Fan Dance - Heart of the Daisies." She initially performed a routine in which she stood nude and motionless onstage while lights "played over" her body. At the time, indecent exposure laws prohibited dancers from moving while appearing nude onstage. Unsurprisingly, the dance was an immediate hit.
On 9 July 1930, police raided the New Amsterdam Theatre on Broadway and arrested Bacon, Earl Carroll and other cast members for "giving an indecent performance". Although the show underwent some changes after the raid, Bacon continued to perform the fan dance. However, Carroll stated that Bacon wore a "chiffon arrangement" during the performance and was not fully nude. In August 1930, a grand jury decided against indicting Bacon, Carroll and her fellow cast members.
Following her performance in Earl Carroll's Vanities, Bacon appeared in the Ziegfeld Follies from July to November 1931. She performed at the 1933 World's Fair in Chicago after learning that a rival dancer, Sally Rand, was also performing a fan dance. Bacon, who maintained she originated the dance for Carroll in 1930, billed herself as "The Original Fan Dancer".
After appearing at the World's Fair in 1933, Bacon's career began to decline. While working in a show in 1936, Bacon cut her thighs when she fell through a glass drum on which she was posing nude. The cuts left her thighs scarred. She settled for $5,000 in damages which she spent on a ten carat diamond. The accident left her with scars and pain in her legs which diminished her dancing abilities.
On 23 April 1939, she was arrested for disorderly conduct after staging a publicity stunt on Park Avenue in New York City. Bacon, who was scheduled to do a "Fawn Dance" at the 1939 New York World's Fair the following week, dressed in "wisps of chiffon" and maple leaves while walking a fawn on a leash. She was released on $500 bond.
On 26 September 1956, Bacon jumped out of her hotel room window in Chicago, falling two stories before landing on the roof of an adjacent building. She suffered a fractured skull, perforated lung and internal injuries and died of her injuries at Grant Hospital later that night at age 46.