I mistakenly thought she was already gone. Had I known, I would have tried to interview her.
photo Carol Fields/NYTimes.
Alice Schiller, a well-brought-up Midwestern woman who burst into tears the day her husband announced he was opening a burlesque house in Los Angeles, but who rallied to make the place — the Pink Pussycat of Hollywood — one of the most successful, celebrated and profusely feathered nightclubs of its era, died on Dec. 19 at her home in Washington. She was 95.
It was a favorite watering hole of the Rat Pack, and for good reason. Mrs. Schiller shrewdly gave her dancers stage names like Fran Sinatra, Samya Davis Jr., Deena Martin and Peeler Lawford, and the originals soon showed up to inspect their namesakes.
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I asked Tura about the Pink Pussycat - of course she worked there! - but she mainly worked at The Losers, where she was, natch, the lead gal. Billy Wilder discovered Tura at The Pink Pussycat, or rather, Audrey Wilder did, spotting her and saying to Billy: "There's your Suzette Wong," for "Irma LaDouce." To see some of my Pink Pussycat collection, just click on the "Pink Pussycat" label below.
screenshot from "The Swinger," which is how I first became obsessed with the PP.