Candy Barr AKA: Juanita Dale Slusher
Exotic Dancer • Actress • Singer • Author

Archive for October, 2009

The Cigarette Girl

Posted in The Life and Times of Candy Barr  by Larry Bartley
October 27th, 2009

Candy went back to The Zone. This time she chose the Round-Up club because it featured a band with jivey music for jitterbugging, a dance that required good lungs and endurance. This was the place she had met and danced with Corky.

Barney Weiss hired her as a cigarette girl. She carried a tray that that hung by the shoulder straps, sticking out below her considerable breasts. The tray was full of various brands of smokes. She passed between the tables quietly, offering her wares to the customers sipping on bourbon and cokes or cold beers. The place was dim and full of smoke.

One good thing about this job was that she didn’t have to sit with the customers or drink the dreaded Chamnpale.

Story continued on Page 95 of Candy Barr, The Book.

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Archive for October, 2009

The Cigarette Girl

Posted in The Life and Times of Candy Barr  by admin
October 27th, 2009

When Troy Phillips had agreed to the separation a year before, at times of loneliness– usually when he was drunk– he longed to be with her. His passion had rekindled when he witnessed her rise to prominence in the entertainment world. He had both seen personally and read about her success and her boyfriends. The fame, the unusualy large salary, the rich men, all gnawed at his ego as the separation hung heavy on his mind.

When Candy took control of his baby, Troy read the tea leaves as saying that she still cared for him. He didn’t know it but he was dead wrong. Candy never kept a scorecard but George Owens was about 15 lengths out in front. The late Billy Dabbs was a distant second and Troy wasn’t even in sight around the curve.

Nita and Troylene returned to Dallas on New Year’s Day.

Story continued on Page 172 of Candy Barr, The Book.

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Archive for October, 2009

The Cigarette Girl

Posted in The Life and Times of Candy Barr  by Larry Bartley
October 27th, 2009
Mickey Cohen and Candy Barr

Mickey Cohen and Candy Barr

Mickey’s chauffeur, Itchy Mandel, stepped out of the driver’s seat of the specially constructed Cadillac limousine and walked up the sidewalk to the Largo Club’s stage door, pushed the doorbell and waited. He had been driving and guarding Mickey Cohen since Mickey got out of prison several months ago. He did not wear a cap, nor a hat. Dressed in an expensive suit, specially tailored to hid the .38 caliber revolver he carried on his right side because he was left handed. He looked important, dignified and businesslike. He looked like somebody and to a stranger he could be the owner of the automobile. He had picked up many a doll for Mickey since Mickey got out of the Federal Penitentiary on McNeal Island near Seattle.

Story continued on Page 247 of Candy Barr, The Book.

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Archive for October, 2009

The Cigarette Girl

Posted in The Life and Times of Candy Barr  by Larry Bartley
October 27th, 2009

On October 18th, 1962, a drama began that occupied the world news for eight days. Photographs taken by a U-2 Spy plane out of homestead Air Base in Florida, were studied and quickly put before JFK. Missile launch sites in Cuba, some 60 of them and 174 nuclear missiles were identified by the high altitude photographs. A military camp with more than 8,000 Russian soldiers was also identified.

The U.S. Navy identified three Russian submarines near Cuba. The U.S. had three aircraft carriers in the same area. The fact that each Russian submarine had one nuclear torpedo, one for each carrier, became clear. Kennedy placed a naval quarantine around Cuba, vowing to sink any ship bound for Cuba.

Story continued on Page 313 of Candy Barr, The Book.

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Archive for October, 2009

The Cigarette Girl

Posted in The Life and Times of Candy Barr  by Larry Bartley
October 27th, 2009

Candy’s fame began to spread nationwide and the Colony Club became the local watering hole for conventioneers. The memory of Candy Barr and her act burned hot in their minds long after they returned to their homes.

Clint Murchison, Jr., the son of a rich wildcatter originally lived in the Twin Cities area and was part of the well-to-do crowd that moved to Dallas in the twenties. After Candy became famous, visitors to Dallas always wanted to see her show. One time two of Clint’s business buddies from Pecos were in town and he sought desperately to get tickets for Candy’s show but none were to be had. Tickets for a Candy Barr performance became as hard to come by as ringside tickets for a World Heavyweight Bout. Clint was determined to “fix that” so he bought a 6 chair table next to the stage at the Colony Club and maintained it as long as Candy performed there.

Story continued on Page 150 of Candy Barr, The Book.

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The Cigarette Girl

Posted in The Life and Times of Candy Barr  by Larry Bartley
October 27th, 2009

April Fool’s Day in Texas in 1963 was a warm day with a cooling breeze. Texas wildflowers were blooming. Splotches of beautiful Bluebonnets dotted the hillside and the red and black Indian Paintbrushes also found a place, adding to the color. The Yellow Primrose, Verbena and Goldenrod colored the hills in East Texas, so beautiful it looked made up, like the face of an actress. On the morning of April 1st, 1963, the warden asked a guard to tell “Juanita” to pack her stuff. She had been paroled and was going home. The guard signaled another guard at the gate to unlock the door to Candy’s cell block. She passed through, walking to the group cell where Candy and her cellmates bunked. On signal the cell door opened and the guard walked over to Candy’s bunk where she was preparing to go to her work post in the library.

Story continued on Page 318 of Candy Barr, The Book.

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Archive for October, 2009

The Cigarette Girl

Posted in The Life and Times of Candy Barr  by Larry Bartley
October 27th, 2009

After Jack Ruby closed the Silver Spur he opened a new place he called the Vegas Club out on Oak Lawn.. When Nita finished her two shows one evening, she and Norma led the entourage to Vic’s Restaurant on South Ervay. Most waitresses knew about Nita’s generous tips and they would often fight over her table, but Lola was always Nita’s favorite waitress. After having a bite to eat the group would head back over to the Vegas Club. It was always after hours, when legal sales of liquor were no longer possible. Jack Ruby would reopen for dancing only after having the place completely cleaned. The music style always changed from Country and Western which was played for the early crowd to Blues and Jazz. This was what Nita preferred to dance to and her presence usually drew a full house.

Story continued on Page 180 of Candy Barr, The Book.

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Archive for October, 2009

The Cigarette Girl

Posted in The Life and Times of Candy Barr  by Larry Bartley
October 27th, 2009

Candy Barr was born in 1935 and spent a large part of her life in Brownwood Texas. She passed away in Edna Texas in 2005 due to complications from pneumonia. She was an American stripper, burlesque queen and and exotic dancer. She appeared as an actress in one pornographic movie, and as a model in various  men’s magazines of the mid-20th century.

During the 1950s, she received nationwide attention for her stripping career in Dallas, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas. She had several run-ins with the law including shooting her estranged husband, being arrested and sentenced to prison for drug possession. She became somewhat notorious for her relationships with Mickey Cohen and Jack Ruby.

After serving three years in prison, she received a pardon from then Governor of Texas, John Connelly. Candy then began a new life in South Texas and tried to maintain a quite existence in relative obscurity. She did however return to a brief period of stripping in the late 1960s and posed for Oui magazine in the 1970s before she actually retired.

In the early 1980s, Candy was written up in Texas Monthly as one of history’s “perfect Texans,” along with such dignitaries as Lady Bird Johnson.

Watch for more articles on the life and times of Candy Bar (AKA Juanita Dale Slusher).

Buy her bio at Candy Barr, The Book.

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