Wednesday, January 04, 2006
Candy Barr -- R. I. P.
Abilene Reporter News: Obituaries: "Candy Barr, famous exotic dancer, dies at age of 70
By Celinda Emison / Reporter-News Staff Writer
January 1, 2006
Candy Barr, who made headlines as a burlesque dancer and for her drug arrests before living quietly near Brownwood, died of pneumonia Friday at a Victoria hospital. She was 70.
Barr was born Juanita Dale Slusher, on July 6, 1935, in Edna.
She rose to fame in the late 1950s as a burlesque dancer at The Colony Club in Dallas. She also performed Los Angeles and Las Vegas, making her one of the most well-known exotic dancers in the country. At one point, Barr earned $2,000 a week.
Her sister, Kay Slusher Anderson, 77, of Houston, said Barr had been a recluse for the past three years, living in a small house in Morales, 11 miles north of her hometown of Edna.
''I am proud to be her sister,'' she said. ''She deserves the recognition. She was the most famous dancer ever.''
Gloria Carver (formerly Gloria Orr) was Barr's friend for more than 40 years and helped her after she moved to Brownwood.
''There will never be another one,'' she said of her friend. ''She was beautiful.''"
I lived in Brownwood when Candy Barr moved there, and I drove by her house at Lake Brownwood several times, hoping to catch a glimpse of her. Never did. She wrote poetry and self-published a collection of her work. She did a signing at the Walgreen's drugstore, and I got to see here then. She was a Texas original.