NEJLA ATES: LEAVING A TRAIL OF BROKEN HEARTS FROM ISTANBUL TO THE BRONX…
Must learn how to back bend like this girl…
love this pose – so seductive!
statue in Central Park
Posing for Statue
SO HERE’S THE DEAL:
Like both members of TBB, Nejla Ates was born in March. March 7th, 1932 to be exact. Ates, whose name means “sunset fire,” was born in Romania, however, she was of Turkish descent. Although, we’re not clear on how Nejla got her start, she did end up in New York around 1953. She danced in the Latin Quarter club. Then owner, Lou Walters (Barbara’s dad) required all the female performers to wear pasties. Perhaps this is what led to her establishing herself as a femme fatale, leaving a trail of broken hearts behind her wherever she went. Her love life was very scandalous, she dated plenty of men, to mention a few : oil heir, Sheppard William King III, actor George Sanders, Singer Billy Daniels, body builder Gerrard Brinx and actor Gary Crosby, and Bobby Colt. She also had a little scandal with a burlesque dancer Rose La Rose, who claimed Ates stole her moves. Nejla also appeared in a couple films including; King Richard and the Crusaders and Son of Sinbad. To learn more about Nejla, her high highs, low lows, scandals – even with Samia Gamal, visit this page: http://www.glamourgirlsofthesilverscreen.com/show/15/Nejla+Ates/register.php
WHY I <3 HER:
I love Nejla because she was wild and controversial, but still maintained her dignity and despite her scandalous life was still known for being a dancer, and a great one at that.
Oh, and p.s. a naked statue of her was displayed in Central Park in 1954 as a publicity stunt – see pics above! How interesting is that?!?
Check her out in our video clip from Son of Sinbad! You can see her mad skillzzz with zilllzzz :p
The undeniably smooth Nejla!