Sylvia Lewis Nightclub Acts
Sylvia began her nightclub career as a headliner act at Mexico City's El Intimo...
"From the moment I arrived in Mexico, I was drawn to the Cuban music, and began to learn a few songs phonetically. It was those songs, (plus a few Doris Day hits for a while) that they flipped over. A Gringa, singing in their language and apparently well enough to satisfy their musical taste that won me almost instantaneous celebrity."
Returning to California, Sylvia formed an act with "Luigi," who would go on to become a choreographer and a legendary dance teacher...
"Most of our material was Afro-Cuban or Latin, which I brought back from my year performing in Mexico. We first worked at a very "in" club in Palm Springs called the Chi Chi..."
Watch a video
of dance legend Jacques d'Amboise discussing Sylvia's
and Luigi's nightclub act
"The Bullfight" at The Macayo
Publicity shot by "Bernard of Hollywood"
for the club act
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Larry Potter's Supper Club, Studio City
Jewel Diehl, Dolly
"They kept a line (4) of girl dancers, a comic, a small band and usually a second rate vocalist. It wasn't exactly Ciro's, but hey, it paid the rent.
The woman who put together the lines of girls was a wacky old character named Lottie Horner. Old Lottie provided the dances and costumes for her girls, and with a name like "Lottie Horner," you might imagine what the comics did with that. They always introduced us as "The Lotta Horny Dancers." That'll toughen a girl in a hurry. Bear in mind, those night jobs allowed us to do modeling and dance jobs in the day."
"Sheree North was my old school chum and ballet classmate; she was real piece of work and would do anything for attention. We were waiting backstage when a photographer appeared with a camera and Sheree grabbed a cigar from some guy and of course, got the photog's attention. My reaction was honest."
David Mills photo of Sylvia & Sheree backstage, entitled "Final Touch"
1957: The Tropicana, Las Vegas
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