Kim Krantz always dreamed of working in entertainment. Born Delores Dalcowski in Jersey City, New Jersey, she adopted the name Kim Perrin while working at New York’s Latin Quarter. She performed extensively, working with such entertainers as Donn Arden.
She arrived in Las Vegas in 1953. She came first for a two-week engagement at the Desert Inn Hotel. The show was held over at that property for three months, and then it moved to the Riviera Hotel and Casino. Bill Miller approached her to join a new production at the Dunes Hotel. He and Harold Minsky were preparing “Minsky’s Burlesque,” the first show to native US women in a nude show. She opened with the original cast and stayed for two years.
After her marriage to Danny Krantz, the Food and Beverage Manager for the Flamingo Hotel, in 1957 she retired from show business. She and her husband opened several restaurants. She raised four children in Las Vegas, but remained connected to the entertainment industry.
The interview explores the opportunities for gainful employment in show business in the post-World War II years. It also offers a first-hand account of the changes in showroom entertainment with the introduction of nudity.
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