Who was the “Bronze Goddess of Fire?”
This actress and comedienne was one of the most beloved characters in television history. Yet, prior to her TV fame, she began her career as a dancer and chorus girl billed as “the Bronze Goddess of Fire.”
She got that name because she would light cigarettes with her fingertips, swallow fire and touch flaming torches to her body–all as a part of her act. Her health and appearance were a top priority for this actress back then. But when she landed her part on one of the most popular TV shows of all time and more roles in Hollywood came knocking, the grueling schedule led to her health decline and she eventually died from diabetes complications at the age of 81 in 2002.
Who was she?