Regrann from @ - Meet Faith Bacon, the tragic inventor of the fan dance. She debuted it in Earl Carroll's Vanities in 1928, a New York City show. She created the fan dance to get around nudity laws which required dancers to be covered when moving. When Faith found out that Sally Rand was performing a fan dance in the 1933 Chicago's World Fair, she promptly sued her for infringement. Later, Faith was badly cut on both legs during a show and sued that producer for damages. She sued many people over the years.
Scarred, with chronic leg pain that made dancing difficult, and a reputation for being difficult because of her lawsuits, Faith had difficulty getting work after that. She tried to start a dancing school, but that failed so she attempted suicide by taking pills, possibly not her first attempt. She finally succeeded a few years later when she jumped out of her hotel window. She was only 46.