Michele Marshall Forte
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AGE: 87 • Neptune
Michele Marshall Forte, 87, of Neptune, left us peacefully on Monday, Sept. 23, 2013. She was born on May 10, 1926 near Travillians, VA, and survived two marriages, first to John Marshall, and then Anthony Forte. Michele became a top performer on the burlesque circuit during the 40's and 50's, working under the names of Michele Marshall, Bonnie Blue, and Divena, which she performed on the Ed Sullivan show, and was also featured in LOOK magazine. She worked mainly in the Chicago area, but also was a featured performer in clubs in New Orleans, Havana, New York, and Miami. She is also an inductee in the Burlesque Hall of Fame located in Las Vegas.
She was predeceased by Dana Marshall, and is survived by Anthony Forte Jr., Nicholas Forte, Henry Forte, and Carmela Burrell. She is also survived by grandchildren, Brittany, Hayden, Lee, Lauren, and Lindsey, and a great-grandson, Jack.
A viewing will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, with a service to be held at 1 p.m. at O'Brien Funeral Home, 2028 Route 35, Wall. Burial will follow at St. Anne Cemetery in Wall. For more information or to send condolences, visit www.obrienfuneralhome.com.
O'Brien Funeral Home
2028 Highway 35 at New Bedford Road Wall, NJ 07719
Published in Asbury Park Press on Sept. 26, 2013