R.I.P. Fanne Foxe (1936-2021) – Podcast 82 (reprise)

R.I.P. Fanne Foxe (1936-2021) – Podcast 82 (reprise)
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Fanne Foxe died this past week at the age of 84. She was famous for being the stripper that ended the career of one of the most powerful American politicians of the 1970s – Arkansas congressman Wilbur Mills, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.

But Fanne, whose real name was Annabelle, was so much more than a scandalous footnote of history. 

While she grew up in small town in Argentina, she had big dreams of becoming a doctor, to follow in the footsteps of her father. But when she fell in love young, became pregnant and got married, her life took a turn. She and her then husband Eduardo began performing across South America, he as a cabaret musician, she as a dancer who turned to stripping for the money it offered. After bearing two more children, the family moved to the U.S. where Annabelle became Fanne, continuing her stripping career, eventually meeting Wilbur Mills and rising to the peak of scandal.

Fanne’s fame post-Wilbur eventually drew her to towards the adult industry. Porn producers sent Jamie Gillis and Harry Reems to convince her to appear in a hardcore film for $1 million dollars – a role that Fanne considered but ultimately turned down. She was featured in Playboy and became a sex journalist for Cheri Magazine and then mens magazine Partner – work that her colleagues remember her thoroughly enjoying.

But all may not have been as well as it seemed – and a series of events led Fanne to leave the adult industry, turning away away from her infamous Fanne persona and returning to life as Annabelle.

When I tracked down Annabelle several years back, all the rumors were that she’d returned to Argentina, and had disappeared, lost to time. On the contrary, I found her in St Petersburg, from where we had a warm and entertaining conversation.

While she didn’t want to revisit events of the 1970s, describing the years as a dark and difficult time, she was happy to share updates on her life after leaving the limelight. She told me she had remarried and had another child, a girl who unfortunately passed away in 2017. She reignited her love of learning, pursuing several degrees in business and marine science. She became a scuba-diving master at the University of South Florida, and an underwater videographer. And she reveled in time with her seven grandchildren.

This is the story of Fanne Foxe and the life of Annabelle.

This podcast episode is 58 minutes long.

The music playlist for this episode can be found on Spotify.

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Fanne Foxe

 

Fanne FoxeOctober 5 1975: Fanne opens her family to the media for the first time

 

Fanne Foxe, Playboy1976: Fanne Foxe poses for Playboy

 

Fanne FoxeFanne Foxe working at Cheri magazine

 

CheriFanne Fox (middle bottom) with the 1977 Cheri team, including Peter Wolff, Annie Sprinkle, Jody Maxwell, Kim Pope, Andrea Ambers, Cherry Bomb, C.B. Lucci and others

 

Fanne Foxe, Cheri1977: Fanne Fox in Cheri magazine

 

Fanne FoxeFanne Foxe in burlesque regalia

 

Fanne FoxeFanne Foxe revisits the famed tidal basin in Washington, D.C.

 

Fanne FoxeFanne Foxe signing copies of her tell-all book

 

Fanne FoxeFanne Foxe resuming later life as Annabelle

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  • Posted On: 28th February 2021
  • By: Ashley West
  • Under: Podcasts

6 Comments

  1. Alex McClain · February 28, 2021 Reply

    Sad news – Fanne was really the last of a kind. Her lifestyle…. from an itinerant dancer in South America… to the adult industry / men’s magazines… to political scandal… is unique.

    I wish she’d embraced it more later in life so that she could have told her own story, but it sounds like she led a busy and full life, and probably had no need to revisit the past.

    Interesting story, and perhaps a worthwhile film??

  2. Jan · February 28, 2021 Reply

    What a life., and much more that just the Stormy Daniel of her day.
    I wish she’d written a book (apart from the paperback cash-in, that is…)

  3. Wayne Black · February 28, 2021 Reply

    I could listen to April Hall read from the phone book all day… So much better that that whiny VS guy.

  4. Jeff Robertson · February 28, 2021 Reply

    We like extend our condolences friends and family of Fanne Foxe who passed away after thought battle with illness really interesting article and podcast she was iconic in the 1970s x-rated film industry I hope someday interview for Danni Ashe and Peter North iconic legend keep up the good work

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