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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Carol Doda

de bene esse: literally, of well-being, morally acceptable but subject to future validation or exception

Legendary San Francisco stripper Carol Doda, whose splashy act helped introduce topless entertainment to the city more than 50 years ago, has died at the age of 78.

Doda passed away on Monday from complications caused by kidney failure.

Doda first went topless in 1964 at the Condor Club - an act that changed every nightspot on the busy Broadway of San Francisco.

Making history: Carol Doda performs here at the famous Condor Theater in San Francisco in 1978. Doda grew up in San Francisco and dropped out of school in the eighth grade. She became a cocktail waitress at 14 and later went on to dance at the Condor
Making history: Carol Doda performs here at the famous Condor Theater in San Francisco in 1978. Doda grew up in San Francisco and dropped out of school in the eighth grade. She became a cocktail waitress at 14 and later went on to dance at the Condor


Name in lights: Doda, known for her augmented bust, rode onto stage atop a piano on an elevator platform, debuting her act the same day President Lyndon B. Johnson drew half-a-million people in a visit to San Francisco. Doda became a legend and the Condor Club had an illuminated sign carrying her likeness.
Name in lights: Doda, known for her augmented bust, rode onto stage atop a piano on an elevated platform, debuting her act on the day President Lyndon B. Johnson had drawn half-a-million people to San Francisco on a visit. Doda became a legend and the Condor Club raised an illuminated sign of her likeness.

Carol Dod shows off the headlines in front of the Condor after a victory against city officials in 1965

Carol Dod shows off the headlines in front of the Condor after a victory against city officials in 1965. Doda first went topless in 1964 at the Condor Club - a move that changed every nightspot on busy Broadway in San Francisco


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