Posted on July 5th, 2010 in 1960s,1970s,Celebrities,Crime,Pop Culture,Sexual Revolution by Terry Hamburg

In my 15 minutes of baby boomer fame, I was the biggest pop culture celebrity around—literally. Get a load of these numbers. 44DD/24/35.

I was the first to go topless in 1964 and started a sexual revolution that spun as fast as twirling tassels. Topless is so common today, it’s hard to believe how daring it was in those early boomer years. The Condor Club in San Francisco became infamous overnight.

Even in liberal San Francisco, what I did was technically a crime. The cops raided. The owner and I ended up in the slammer. I was back slamming on stage in two shakes of a stripper’s tail.

I began my chilly dancing career as a 19-year-old with modest but perky 34Bs. My horizons expanded. I have no secrets. The procedure involved direct silicon injections, which are now banned because the plastic tends to migrate. I had 44 treatments (just a co-incidence) and never experienced any problems.

Who do you think did the first bottomless dancing? Little (big) ole me, 5 years later. Everyone was afraid to be the pioneer. Not Carol Doda.

You can’t go on stripping forever but I was still shaking it until my mid-40s. I kept in the celebrity lime-light in a few movies, most noticeably as Sally Silicone with the Monkees in Head. You might have caught me as the spokesperson for channel 36 in San Jose where I’d coo: “You’re watching the perfect 36.” There was no channel 44. I also did editorial content and turned run-for-a-snack time into must-gander television.

I now own Carol Doda’s Champagne and Lace Lingerie Boutique in San Francisco, specializing in plus sizes. I wait on customers personally. Big can be very sexy.

Trivia Factoids

Carol’s topless dance routine consisted of the Swim, Twist, Frug, and Watusi.

Many delegates at the 1964 Republican National Convention in San Francisco attended the Condor to watch the topless action.

Days after Carol rocked the world, almost all the clubs in North Beach strippers row went topless.


Who was the first American actress to appear fully nude (breast and buttocks) in a major movie?

Tuesday Weld
Carol Lynley
Marilyn Monroe
Jane Mansfield

A well-publicized sex-related accident took place at the Condor Club in 1983. What was it?

A turning dance platform spun out of control, causing the stripper to hold on to the pole while flying in circles at 20 miles per hour. She was flung off and broke a collarbone.

A manager’s 120 pound Presa Canario dog escaped from his office and grabbed the end of a leather ribbon that a stripper was unwrapping from her body, dragging her offstage and almost out the door. She broke a leg and never danced again.

A stripper and her bouncer boyfriend were making after-hours love on the hydraulic piano when he accidentally kicked the “up” button and was crushed to death against the ceiling. The lady was pinned under him for hours but survived uninjured when the morning janitor showed up and called paramedics.

Who was the first actress to show bare breasts on television?

Valerie Perrine
Susanne Summers
Sally Kellerman

Answers to Boomers Trivia Questions at end of post


1994 In spite of his promise to change U.S. policy, President Clinton orders 618 Haitian refugees back to their homeland.

1991 The Colorado Rockies and Florida Marlins franchises are approved by baseball owners.

1984 In response to increasing crime nationwide, the Supreme Court modifies  the “exclusionary rule” and decides that certain evidence seized with defective court warrants can be used in trials.

1971 President Nixon signs the 26th amendment, lowering the voting age from 21 to 18.

1975 Arthur Ashe is the first black to win the Wimbledon singles title.

1968 John Lennon sells his psychedelic painted Rolls-Royce.

1947 The first black baseball player in the American League, Larry Doby signs with the Cleveland Indians.

1946 The bikini swimsuit debuts to shocked audiences at Paris fashion show.


The Condor Club was famous for its descending piano that delivered Carol Doda to her dancing station. The tryst-interruptus was front page news in San Francisco.

The first American actress to bare it all in a movie was voluptuous Jane Mansfield in the 1963 sexcapade, Promises, Promises. She was 30 at the time and past her prime in terms of career, if not beauty. Jane Mansfield died in an auto accident four years later. Her daughter, Maria Hargitay, survived the crash and went to play Olivia Benson in the television hit Law and Order.

Miss Eve Teschmacher

Valerie Perrin was the first to bare her breasts on television in 1973, albeit on the Public Broadcasting Network in Steambath. Few PBS stations dared to air the show. Two years later, she was nominated Best Actress for her portrayal of stripper Honey Bruce, wife of comedian Lenny Bruce in Lenny. She also played Miss Eve Teschmacher, the moll of criminal mastermind and Superman nemesis, Lex Luthor.

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  1. Mark said,

    on July 13th, 2010 at 3:49 am


    Terrific post as usual…I do not remember her, just in the 4th grade at the time.

    But I remember Valerie Perrine, she also played in the first Superman movie starring Christopher Reeve.

    BTW…isn’t Mariska Hargitay?


  2. Terry Hamburg said,

    on July 13th, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    You’re right, Mark. I meant to type Mariska but Maria came out. She likely got that beautiful name from her father, Miklos “Mickey” Hargitay who was born in Hungry and named her brothers Miklos, Jr. and Zoltan. He was an underground anti-Nazi fighter during World War II, won the Mr. Universe Contest in 1955, and met his future wife, Jane Mansfield, when he joined Mae West’s muscleman review. He also had a brief movie career. Reminds you a bit of the current Governor of California.

  3. on December 8th, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    […] he had been repeating it, without complaint, for nearly 20 years. So much for the city famous for Carol Doda, the Mitchell Brothers, and the Summer of […]

  4. John said,

    on February 9th, 2011 at 1:24 am

    I came back from Viet Nam to Letterman general Hospital. Once ambulatory, I walked from there across SF just to see Carol Doda. I was happy to see my fantasy girl.

  5. Brian said,

    on August 19th, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    “……Reminds you a bit of the current Governor of California…”

    Ironically, Arnold portrayed Mickey Hargitay in a made for TV biography about Jane Mansfield that starred Loni Anderson.

  6. Arlene Zsilka said,

    on October 27th, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    Lou and Peter Berryman included Carol Doda in their song “Quarter after Blues.” I wasn’t familiar with the name, and looked it up. To learn this song, I’ll need visuals, so I was glad to find a photo. “Carol Doda, Minnesota, Eisenhower, cauliflower, pennicillin, Marshall Dillon, Stegasaurus, Red Lavoris, Dosvidanya, got some on ya, down and dirty, ‘leven thirty blues.”

  7. Joe said,

    on November 5th, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    I spent 20 minutes with Carol Doda in a small cubicle like room in San Fran back in 72, I think it was. I was pretty young and not sure what I was supposed to do… LOL

  8. Jim Ketchum said,

    on November 18th, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    I almost lived at the Condor Club when topless first came in! I was in love with Carol Doda. Never met her but always wanted to. Maybe one of these days…. Hope springs eternal! LOL

  9. Phillip Roberts said,

    on April 24th, 2012 at 12:25 am


    I remember seeing you when I was on Leave from the Air Force, and was just old enough to see the “PERFECT 36″….I’ll forever thank you for your kindness (we met), your dancing, and above all, your chest….I carried that image with me all over the world, and STILL smile to this day!!!

  10. Dan said,

    on August 29th, 2012 at 7:13 am

    As a kid I’d see still shots of Carol Doda on KGSC-36 (this was before KICU) doing voice over’s for the station ID’s. I still remember Carol saying, “This is the perfect 36 in San Jose, a very independent station.” I sure miss those old UHF days.

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  12. Larry Humphreys said,

    on April 3rd, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    Saw Carol Doda in Isleton, Ca with her band and had an enjoyable evening. They were at the Del
    Rio Hotel. From topless to rock, what a combo!
    This was a long time ago. Went with Ralph, Jackie, and Kathy. Fun, fun, fun!

  13. Reg said,

    on August 26th, 2014 at 5:29 am

    Carol Doda used to perform at the Odyssey Room in Sunnyvale, CA with her “lucky stiffs” band. I still have an old ticket stub from The Odyssey Room when Carol performed there on April 16, 1987. The Odyssey Room was razed eons ago, but I’m glad that Carol’s still with us.

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