Saturday, July 16, 2016

Grave of a Famous Person: Ann Corio - Bloomfield, CT

Ann Corio
Bloomfield, CT

N 41° 48.873 W 072° 41.315

Quick Description: 

Ann Corio (Iannucci) the "Queen of Burlesque" is interred in the Mausoleum of Mount Saint Benedict Cemetery in Bloomfield, CT.

Long Description:

Ann Corio is interred in a smaller vault, set above eye level, in Mount Saint Benedict Cemetery Mausoleum. The vault includes the family name of her third husband - Iannucci. The pink granite vault is simply inscribed:

1909 ✝ 1999


Ann Corio was born in Hartford, CT on November 29, 1909. She was one of twelve children born to Italian immigrants. She began her burlesque career in 1925 and performed with the Minsky's Burlesque in New York City, in the Howard Theater in Boston, and many other location other along the East Coast.

When New York Mayor Fiorello La Guardia closed the burlesque houses in 1939, Ann Corio moved to Los Angeles where she was featured in five B movies from 1941 to 1944: Swamp Woman (1941), Jungle Siren (1942), The Sultan's Daughter (1943, Sarong Girl (1943), and Call of the Jungle (1944).

She returned to New York to work as an actress in summer stock plays during the 1950s. In 1962, she directed and starred in her own long-running off-Broadway play - This Was Burlesque - in the East Village in New York City. The play insured her fame by attracting busloads of women and tourists and achieving near cult status among college students.

Ann Corio died of pneumonia on March 1, 1999 in Englewood, NJ at age 89.

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