Elegant, leggy Lili St. Cyr ruled the burlesque stage from the 1940s to the 1960s. She was known for her innovative routines (one involving a flying G string), six marriages, and the mail order lingerie store she operated after her retirement from the stage. She also believed in UFOs. In this clip from October 1957, St. Cyr discusses the advanced emotions of Venusian men with interviewer Mike Wallace on The Mike Wallace Interview, a smoky precursor to 60 Minutes that ran from 1957 to 1960.
The interview is one of 65 just made available online by the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin. Covering the years 1957 and 1958, the collection includes interviews with such notables as birth control pioneer Margaret Sanger, architect Frank Lloyd Wright, future secretary of state Henry Kissinger—and UFO investigator Major Donald E. Keyhoe.