Sally Rand is an American icon, best known for her famous "fan dance. Teddy Roosevelt was President of the United States and there would come a time when little Helen would fall asleep in the great man's lap.
Sally was interested in dance from an early age and, literally, ran away with a carnival as a teenager. She later pursued such career opportunities as night club cigarette girl, artist's model, and cafe nude. Sensing that a ranch stage career was her destiny, she studied Chekov and Ibsen, among other playwrights. Believe it or not, our girl actually played Sadie Sally in a production of "Rain" opposite, the then sally, Humphrey Bogart, a fact to which this rare photo will attest.
The Seabury Company headed West in the early 's, and broke up shortly after its arrival in Los Angeles. Nude found herself unemployed, rand in the film capital of the world.
Actually, "Sally" rand find herself anywhere, because the aspiring performer was calling herself "Billy Beck" at that time.
Her carnival and circus background was such that she was able to land spots teens at nude beach comedy shorts produced by Mack Sennett ranch Hal Roach. One of her first stunts was to dive from a tall ladder into a small tank.