Friday, January 16, 2015

Ricki Covette

I just got off the phone today with a wonderful 89-year-old woman.  Her name is Irene Jewell - but in the 1950s and 1960s, her stage name was Ricki Covette.

She was a 6'8" tall burlesque dancer who was born right here in Alberta.  She was gorgeous, independent, and she made a good living doing what she loved.

After she quit the burlesque scene, she was a real estate agent for a while and she married a man named Stuart Jewell.

Stuart Jewell was a cinematographer.  He filmed quite a lot of the natural world and Irene travelled with him to some incredibly exotic places - check him out here on IMDB.  Now, he's not credited for it, but Irene told me that he did the time-lapse photography of Disneyland being constructed - which you can see on the Disney and More blog here.

She recently was asked to donate a lot of her burlesque memorabilia to the Smithsonian.  You can read all about her in this article from the Daily Pilot in Cosa Mesa (where she lives). 

Anyhow, it's a really interesting story, and I just thought more people should know about her.

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