Born in Alberta, Canada, Covette (Irene Jewell) had a twenty-year career in show business, including theater, small parts in television and film, but especially burlesque. After leaving show business, she started a succesful second career as a real estate broker in the Los Angeles area. She died in 2016.
Six scrapbooks documenting the burlesque career of Irene Jewell (stage name Ricki Covette), who was billed as "The World's Tallest Exotic Dancer" at 6'8". The albums contain clippings; letters; certiicates; photographs, includng photographs of her act; ephemera, such as postcards, travel brochures, postcards and decals, from her travels; advertisements; and theater programs.
The 2016 addendum consists of approximately one half of one cubic feet of additional materials, including two scrapbooks and six posters.
Ricki Covette Burlesque Collection, ca. 1950-1980, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
2015.3010 (NMAH Acc.)
2016.3204 (NMAH Acc.)
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