Is there any way to search Chicago Showgirls in the 30's or 40's?

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Alice (nee Arling) Beecher-McCormick. Was evidently a showgirl in chicago in the 1930's or 1940's. She did not have any children? I have found marriages and death but wonder if there is another place to search?

Her parents were both from Finland Oscar and Annie Arling.
WikiTree profile: Alice McCormick
in Genealogy Help by Pamela Arling G2G Crew (340 points)
retagged by Erin Breen

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Under our G2G Integrators project, I've started a profile for Alice. Pamela, please message me with your email address, and I'll make you the manager :) I've added tags to this question to make it easier for potential helpers to find. The profile is open, so if anyone has sources or more information, please share it there, too!

The 1940 census says that she worked in the "check room" (coat check?) at a nightclub. A good place to look would be a 1940 city directory for Chicago to see what nightclubs, dance halls, and music venues were near her home and poke about doing some research on the general nightlife of Chicago to see what you may turn up.

by Erin Breen G2G6 Pilot (222k points)
If you put the following search phrase into Google "chicago showgirls of 1930's & 1940's" it brings up a load of material on Chicago showgirls. Most of it is photos or rare film and burlesque houses etc. It may be helpful for extra material.

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