5 Things You Don't Know About Dita Von Teese

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5 Things You Don't Know About Dita Von Teese

This international sex symbol and queen of burlesque stepped out in grand style at last night's Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party. Check out these five facts you may not know about this pretty pin-up princess!

1. Born Heather Renée Sweet on September 28, 1972 in Rochester, Michigan.

2. Was classically trained as a ballet dancer from an early age and danced solo at age 13 for a local ballet company.

3. In college she reportedly studied historic costuming and aspired to work as a stylist for period films.

4. Featured in Playboy in 1999, 2001 and 2002, with a cover-featured pictorial in 2002.

5. In 2011 she played a femme fatale version of herself (stage name Rita von Squeeze) in an episode of CSI titled A Kiss Before Frying. Her character in the show seduced Greg Sanders in a plot inspired by film noir.


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