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Stripper Candy Barr dies

By wire services
Published January 4, 2006

Candy Barr, the infamous 1950s stripper and stag film star once romantically linked to mobster Mickey Cohen and associated with Dallas nightclub owner Jack Ruby, has died. She was 70. She died Friday (Dec. 30, 2005) of pneumonia in Abilene, Texas. Born Juanita Dale Slusher in Edna, Texas, on July 6, 1935, the dancer's career was derailed in 1960 by a prison term for marijuana. In the 1950s, Ms. Barr was a cigarette girl at Barney Weinstein's Theater Lounge in Dallas. Weinstein's brother, Abe, gave her the stage name and showcased her as a bump-and-grind burlesque queen in his Colony Club. Ms. Barr was divorced four times and had a daughter.

McKay, label woes

Nellie McKay, whose 2004 album Get Away From Me was one of the most acclaimed pop debuts in recent years, says she has been dropped by Columbia Records. While McKay had been negotiating over the length and final song selection of Pretty Little Head - which was to be released Tuesday - she says the decision not to put out the album was a result of an executive shake-up at Columbia, and "had more to do with my personality" than with the album. Columbia officials could not be reached.

Trump: No campaign plan

ALBANY, N.Y. - Donald Trump, mega-developer and star of NBC's The Apprentice, said he has no interest in running for governor of New York this year. Trump had been suggested as a possible Republican candidate by state Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno.

[Last modified January 4, 2006, 01:06:11]

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