Sally Rand and the 1933 World’s Fair
Learn the rags to riches story of Sally Rand, the feather dancer who crashed the 1933 Chicago World's Fair and became famous overnight. Author William Hazelgrove will be talking about the subject of his newest book, Sally Rand: American Sex Symbol. Sally Rand would appear in more than thirty films and be named after a Road Atlas by Cecil B. DeMille. A football play would be named after her. She would appear on To Tell the Truth. She would be arrested six times in one day for indecency. She would be immortalized in the final scene of The Right Stuff, cartoons, popular culture, and live on as the iconic symbol of the Chicago World's Fair of 1933. She would pave the way for every sex symbol to follow from Marilyn Monroe to Lady Gaga. She would die penniless and in debt. In the end, Sammy Davis Jr. would write her a $10,000 check when she had nothing left. Her name was Sally Rand.