The 12 Days of Christmas

Leslie Zemeckis
2 min readDec 7, 2020

(Burlesque style)

Notorious Stripteaser Rose La Rose (right) and Val Valentine

On the twelfth day of Christmas
Harold Minsky gave to me . . .

12 strippers stripping
11 flashers flashing
10 tappers tapping
9 groins a-grinding
8 butts a-bumping
7 seamstresses sewing
6 police a’raiding
5 shows a night
4 comics muggin’
3 G.I.’s jerkin’
2 tassels twirling

Showtime at the Burly Q!

And one lousy “tit” singer.

“Tit” Singer Robert Alda, his son Alan (M*A*S*H*) and wife Joan (Did I tell ya about the time Joan tried to stab Robert with a Kitchen Knife? It’s in the book “Behind the Burly Q”
Burly Star Ann Corio
Stripteaser Lili St. Cyr.

Zemeckis is an award-winning documentarian and the author of three best-selling books, including “Feuding Fan Dancers,” a feminist history of Sally Rand and Faith Bacon, showgirls during the Golden Age of entertainment, “Behind the Burly Q” and “Goddess of Love Incarnate.” Zemeckis is the founder of the program Stories Matter, female storytellers mentoring underserved female writers. Honored for her work inspiring women, in 2020/21 Zemeckis will be awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in part for “sharing and preserving stories of women who were once marginalized and stigmatized . . .” but due to her work “these women are now celebrated for their independence and personal agency.” The Medal is officially recognized by both Houses of Congress and is one of our nation’s most prestigious awards. Past recipients include Presidents Clinton and Reagan, Elie Wiesel, Sen. John McCain and HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco. Her IG features best-selling authors and their writing tips. @lesliezemeckis.



Leslie Zemeckis

Author (Feuding Fan Dancers), Historian (Behind the Burly Q), Actor (Polar Express) & Doc. Director (BOUND BY FLESH -Netflix). (IG/FB @lesliezemeckis)