Kim Kranz

Dublin Core

Title

Kim Kranz

Source

Women in Nevada History: A Legacy Digital Project

Publisher

Women's Research Institute of Nevada (WRIN)

Rights

This resource is available for education and research purposes. This collection is a collaboration and combination of various projects including, but not limited to; the Women in Nevada History: A Legacy Digital Project, the Nevada Women’s Archives, the Las Vegas Women Oral History Project and the Makers: Women in Nevada History Project, a co-production of the Women's Research Institute of Nevada and VegasPBS. The text, images, audio and video in this collection are under copyright by different repositories and may not be reproduced without express written consent of the appropriate entities.

Person Item Type Metadata

Work/Contribution

Dancer

Arrival in Las Vegas

1953

Interviewer

Date of Interview

February 26, 1996

Biographical Text

Kim Krantz always dreamed of working in entertainment. Born Delores Dalcowski in Jersey City, New Jersey, she adopted the name Kim Perrin while working at New York’s Latin Quarter. She performed extensively, working with such entertainers as Donn Arden.

She arrived in Las Vegas in 1953. She came first for a two-week engagement at the Desert Inn Hotel. The show was held over at that property for three months, and then it moved to the Riviera Hotel and Casino. Bill Miller approached her to join a new production at the Dunes Hotel. He and Harold Minsky were preparing “Minsky’s Burlesque,” the first show to native US women in a nude show. She opened with the original cast and stayed for two years.

After her marriage to Danny Krantz, the Food and Beverage Manager for the Flamingo Hotel, in 1957 she retired from show business. She and her husband opened several restaurants. She raised four children in Las Vegas, but remained connected to the entertainment industry.

The interview explores the opportunities for gainful employment in show business in the post-World War II years. It also offers a first-hand account of the changes in showroom entertainment with the introduction of nudity.

Citation

“Kim Kranz,” Makers Teaching Modules, accessed July 12, 2024, https://makersteachingmodules.sites.unlv.edu/items/show/71.