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May 22, 2012

The trial of Lili St. Cyr

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From the LIFE Archive, Retronaute features Edward Clarkes photos of the trial of Lili St. Cyr.

Lili St. Cyr received the title of the most famous woman in Montreal throughout the late 1940s into the 1950s. However, Quebec’s Catholic clergy condemned her act, declaring that whenever she dances “the theater is made to stink with the foul odor of sexual frenzy.” The clergy’s outcry was echoed by the Public Morality Committee. St. Cyr was arrested and charged with behavior that was “immoral, obscene and indecent.” She was acquitted but the public authorities eventually closed down the Gayety Theatre where she performed.”

Posted by Ghost of a flea at May 22, 2012 08:28 AM