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, exotic dancer, poet, author, and singer. 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 the 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.
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