Lee Ann and Chris Cooper. | Photo by Gary Quick.
Lee Ann and Chris Cooper. | Photo by Gary Quick.

Lee Ann Cooper is a hairstylist by day, diva Dita DeVille by night. She’s been a member of Louisville’s largest burlesque troupe Va Va Vixens for five years, where she often performs alongside her husband Chris, who goes by the stage name “Coop DeVille,” with the Vixens. Lee Ann hosts most of the shows and participates in everything but the aerials.

She says being a Vixen is the best job she’s ever had: “I get to inspire women to love themselves. I’m not stick thin, so I like to prove anyone can have body confidence.”

The next Vixens show is their popular Valentine’s Day-themed extravaganza, this time titled “A Faerie’s Tale & Some Dirty Nursery Rhymes,” featuring 25 women and men singing, screeching, flying through the air, stripping, teasing, dancing and contorting for your viewing pleasure.

This is the Vixens’ sixth Valentine show and will be the largest one yet. They hint at some surprises on their Facebook event page, but we couldn’t get Lee Ann to spill the beans.

“A Faerie’s Tail” runs Feb. 6-7, 13-14 and 20-21. Showtime is 7 p.m. at Headliners, tickets are $20 or $30 for VIP.

Before the curtain call, we asked Lee Ann some very important questions …

What’s the most surprising thing on your Bucket List?

I would love to have a giant burlesque show in Las Vegas.

Got Milk?
Got Milk?

What poster was on your wall in junior high?

I didn’t have posters so much as walls COVERED in “Got Milk?” ads.

If you were mayor, to whom would you give the key to the city?

The key to the city would go to all the teachers in this area. They really shape the future.

What are your preferred pizza toppings?

I like pretty much any veggie. No meat — I eat meat, just not on my pizza.

If you could be any age for a week, what would it be?

I think I would love to be 23 again. I might make some better choices the second time around.

Kat Dennings plays Max on "Two Broke Girls."
Kat Dennings plays Max on “Two Broke Girls.”

What famous person do people say you resemble the most?

If I hear I remind people of that dark-haired girl from “Two Broke Girls” one more time …

I hear it at least four times a week. I’m not even sure what her name is.

Who would you most like to be stuck with in an elevator?

Carol Burnett. I love her. I want to be her. She would make me pee my pants in an elevator.

Sara Havens is the Culture Editor at Insider Louisville. She's known around town as the Bar Belle and updates her blog (barbelleblog.com) daily. She's a former editor of LEO Weekly and has written for Playboy and The Alcohol Professor. Havens is the author of two books: "The Bar Belle" and "The Bar Belle Vol. 2."


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