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Dita von Teese Biography

Born Heather Sweet on September 28, 1972, in Rochester, Michigan, Dita Von Teese was a performer right from the start. She loved the old MGM Technicolor musicals and would emulate the stars of Hollywood's Golden Age as a child. It didn't take much prodding from her parents to take part in dancing lessons and other forms of performance art.

dita von teese as a young girl
As early as 16 years old, Dita Von Teese was obsessed with fashion. While working at a lingerie store, she fell in love with all the fancy accoutrements a woman could wear. Then and there, an erotic entertainer was born. She knew right away that if fate would allow her to flourish as a model, she would do things her own way. This maxim has remained with her until the present day and still holds true.

dita von teese in playboy
After doing some modeling, over-the-top erotic shows and even a few movies that are probably not available at your local Blockbuster, Dita Von Teese -- as she was now officially known -- was ready to emerge. After audience members at certain shows noticed her unique taste and abilities, questions arose about her availability to do functions on her own. As a result, Dita's opportunity to make a name for herself finally arrived.

She became a party entertainer by the time she was in her early 20s, and she was so good at it that Playboy took notice of her talent. As early as 1997, the magazine began to publish Dita's photos, which naturally only increased the male public's desire for her. She became known as a burlesque and fetish queen -- a veritable pinup model. This allure filled a niche and helped spurn some 30 Playboy appearances, including her first cover in December 2002.

Dita Von Teese was featured prominently in videos that were released under Hugh Hefner's bunny rabbit logo, including Wet & Wild Live and Girlfriends 2. Her popularity spread to international fetish publications such as Marquis and Bizarre.

dita von teese and the pussycat dolls
Still, it was her live shows that captured the most attention, with their extravagant sets, sexy music and beautifully raunchy costumes. Dita Von Teese's gigs began to receive much more attention, especially after her performances with the famous Pussycat Dolls Live at The Roxy (along with performers like Charlize Theron, Christina Aguilera and Christina Applegate), as well as at a Louis Vuitton event at the Bellagio in Las Vegas and for the Osbournes (Ozzy included), at their 2002 New Year's Eve Gala, which was broadcast on MTV. She was also the center of more risque erotic balls, dating back as early as 1999.

dita von teese marries marilyn manson
Dita Von Teese's romantic relationship with highly controversial and oft-vilified rocker Marilyn Manson increased her time in the spotlight. They could be seen going to movie premieres together, which never hurt Dita's exposure. Their divorce, however, shortly ensued and was finalized in January 2007.

dita von teese in the boom boom room
Dita Von Teese has appeared in several movies. She appeared in The Death Of Salvador Dali (2005) and won Best Actress at Beverly Hills Film Festival. She also had a role in Saint Francis (2006). And Dita Von Teese was cast in the 2008 flick The Boom Boom Room.


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