Burlesque Legend Coby Yee receives the 2020 BHoF Living Legend award, presented by 2019 Miss Exotic World, Frankie Fictitious, and BHoF Weekender Executive Producer, Joyce Tang.
Known as “China’s Most Daring Dancing Doll”, Coby Yee began dancing in the 1940s and soon became a mainstay in Asian nightclubs, particularly Charlie Low’s Forbidden City in San Francisco. She performed all over the country through the 1950s and ‘60s, eventually buying Forbidden City in 1962 and running it until it closed in 1970. Now 93 years old, Coby has performed several times at the BHoF Weekender, most recently just last year in a duet with dancer Stephen King.
Due to COVID-19 postponement of the Weekender, the award was presented to Coby Yee on July 25, 2020 at her home in San Pablo, California, USA.
Sadly, Coby passed on August 14, 2020. Please enjoy this video honoring her achievements in the artform. She will be deeply missed.