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  • Ffolliott LeCoque

    Fluff LeCoque

    Ffolliott LeCoque

    Date of Birth:
    August 7, 1923
    Place of Birth:
    Butte, Montana
    Arrival in Las Vegas:
    Date of Interview:
    May 1997
    Interviewed by:
    Joyce Marshall

    Women’s Research Institute of Nevada
    University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    4505 Maryland Parkway, Box 455083
    Las Vegas, Nevada 89154-5083

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    Oral History

    Ffolliott LeCoque, better known as Fluff, made history in the Las Vegas entertainment industry. She became famous first as a dancer on the Las Vegas Strip and then working as a manager at the show “Jubilee!” at Bally’s.

    LeCoque was born in Butte, Montana in 1923. Her love of dance started when she was seven-years-old and began dancing lessons. She officially began her career as an entertainer during World War II when she toured as a dancer. However, LeCoque’s first visit to Las Vegas was as a singer with Chuck Gould’s Orchestra which was working at the Last Frontier Hotel. She left Las Vegas for Hollywood for a brief time and performed in various productions in California. She returned to Las Vegas to work as a dancer at the newly opened Thunderbird Hotel. She was crowned Miss Thunderbird and appeared in advertisements for the hotel.

    While working at the Thunderbird, LeCoque joined a touring group run by producers Donna Arden and Ron Fletcher. The group toured the globe. This also marked the beginning of her relationship with Donn Arden, which brought her back to Las Vegas and the Desert Inn Hotel and Casino.

    She retired from dancing in 1970, but went to work as a manager with Donn Arden at his show “Jubilee!” at Bally’s in Las Vegas. She has worked at “Jubilee!” for more than twenty years and has become a staple of the Las Vegas entertainment industry.

    For further biographical information, see:

    • “An Interview with Fluff LeCoque.” An oral history conducted by Joyce Marshall, Las Vegas Women Oral History Project, UNLV, 1998. Special Collections, Lied Library, UNLV.



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