BurlyCon is saddened to hear of the passing of our 2020 Legend of Honor, Burlesque Legend Coby Yee, who left us on August 14 at the age of 93.
Coby Yee mesmerized audiences from the 1940s into the 1960s with her self-made, dazzling costumes and dancing. She got her start in San Francisco’s Chinatown nightclubs, then traveled the world. In 1962, she and her family took over Forbidden City and ran it until 1970.
Ms Yee was a beloved member of the burlesque community and a brilliant influence to so many. She paved the way for Asian-Americans and People of Color in show business and burlesque. We so appreciate her performances and leadership in The Grant Avenue Follies, as a solo performer, and with her partner Stephen whom she continued to perform with until very recently.
Coby Yee is our Burlesque Hall of Fame, 2020 Legend of the Year, presented by Miss Exotic World, Frankie Fictitious.
All of us at BurlyCon miss her and are deeply appreciative of her influence and work as a true pioneer in burlesque. Her passing reminds us of how precious a resource our legends are, and how essential it is that every day we learn all that we can of their individual histories.
We offer our deepest condolences to her family and those close to her.
The Maine Attraction
Guest of Honor
The Maine Attraction landed her first professional dance job as a teenager for MTV's Fight For Your Rights Campaign. Since then, she has performed alongside a number of greats including legends James Brown and Lionel Richie, pop sensations Jessica Simpson and Pharrell Williams, and burlesque divas Dita Von Tease and Gentry de Paris.
Her tenacious spirit has helped her become one of New York's most celebrated burlesque performers. A muse for numerous visual artists, she has collaborated with conceptual photographer LaToya Ruby Frazier and multimedia extraordinaire, Matthew Barney, the infamous DJ Tiesto and performed for exclusive fashion events hosted by icons Patricia Field and Marc Jacobs.
She’s a rising star in musical theater, television and film and will continue to grace any stage where she can let her creativity ride.
The Shanghai Pearl
Guest of Honor
Internationally celebrated burlesque performer The Shanghai Pearl is known for her extravagant costumes, conceptual acts, and pulchritudinous performances. As an events producer she has focused on bringing multi-disciplinary & inter-generational shows to a wide range of audiences. An instructor in drama and burlesque since 2006, she brings a deep love and knowledge of the craft to share with her students.
Currently based in Seattle, Washington Ms. Pearl travels widely to perform and teach. She has headlined as close to home as Portland, Oregon, and as far away as Paris, France. Learn more at www.theshanghaipearl.com
Aleksandra Mistress of Fusion
Betsy Bottom Dollar
Burlesque Hall of Fame
Delta Rae Dixon
Egypt Blaque Knyle
Mayo Lua de Frenchie
Miss Mina Murray
Mx. Pucks A'Plenty
Ophelia Zayna Hart
Rebecca Mm Davis
Rosey La Rouge
Shan de Leers
The Jersey Cooch