Photo courtesy of e-WV: The West Virginia Encyclopedia
Blaze Starr, "Queen of the Strippers," was born as Fanny Belle Fleming, April 10, 1932, on a farm near Wilsondale in Wayne County. In 1959, while performing in New Orleans, she met colorful Louisiana Gov. Earl Long, the brother and successor of the populist Huey Long. Starr and Earl Long began an affair that, when it became public, horrified his friends and delighted his foes. In 1974, she wrote an autobiography with co-author Huey Perry of Huntington. In 1989 the book was filmed as "Blaze," a movie starring Paul Newman as Earl Long and Lolita Davidovich as Starr.
Gallery: Famous West Virginians
Jun. 20, 2012 @ 12:00 AM
West Virginia was once considered home for many famous faces. Here are some of the famous people with ties to West Virginia.