Candy Barr (July 6, 1935 – December 30, 2005) was an American stripper, burlesque exotic dancer, actress in one pornographic movie, and model in men’s magazines of the mid-20th century.
During the 1950s, she received nationwide attention for her stripping career in Dallas, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas; her troubles with the law; shooting her estranged second husband; and being arrested and sentenced to a prison term for drug possession, as well as her relationships with Mickey Cohen and Jack Ruby.
After serving three years in prison, Barr began a new life in South Texas. She briefly returned to stripping in the late 1960s, posed for Oui magazine in the 1970s, and then retired.
In the early 1980s, Barr was acknowledged in the magazine Texas Monthly as one of history’s “perfect Texans,” along with such luminaries as Lady Bird Johnson.
ABILENE, Texas – Candy Barr, a well-known exotic dancer from the 1950s who settled into a quiet small-town life in Texas, has died of pneumonia. She was 70. Barr, who was born Juanita Dale Slusher on July 6, 1935, in Edna, Texas, died Friday at a Victoria hospital, the Abilene Reporter-News reported in Sunday editions.
Slavik Funeral Home in Edna confirmed the death of Juanita Phillips and verified that she was also known as Candy Barr. Barr rose to prominence as an exotic dancer in Dallas in the late 1950s. She performed in Los Angeles and Las Vegas and at one point earned $2,000 per week.
She was associated with Dallas nightclub owner Jack Ruby, who was accused of gunning down Lee Harvey Oswald, the man suspected of assassinating President Kennedy.
At 16, Barr starred in one of the most famous stag movies, “Smart Alec,” in 1951. She was known for her choreography and trained actress Joan Collins for the 1960 movie “Seven Thieves.” Her career was derailed in 1959 when she was sentenced to 15 years in prison by a Dallas judge for possessing less than an ounce of
marijuana. She served about three years and later moved to Brownwood.
Barr was indicted for marijuana possession in Brownwood in 1970, but the charges were dismissed. She later disappeared from public view, eventually moving from Brownwood to Edna in 1992. Barr was married four times and had at least one child, a daughter, the newspaper reported. No funeral service is planned.