Ricki Starr Turned From Ballet To Mat

Reading Eagle – February 27, 1957

Wishing on a star is not prescribed as the best way of making dreams come true.  Presumably, that is, the star you wish on, is of the “star light, star bright, first star I see tonight” variety.

If your name is Ricki Starr, however, and the star you wish on is yourself, you’re getting a better break in the odds.

As his name implies, Starr is a star – not only in his present profession, bonebending, but in several other unusual species of endeavor.

Ricki challenges the powerful Al Smith in Promoter Ray Fabiani’s feature wrestling attraction Saturday night at the Armory.  But Starr hasn’t always been a star wrestler.

Before embarking on the current phase of his life he was a star of the ballet.  Television viewers will recall that just a few weeks ago he won $1,000 on the new panel show “To Tell the Truth.”  He has appeared in several Broadway musicals, including “Annie Get Your Gun” and “Paint Your Wagon.”  He also played a 13-week stand at the renowned Chase Hotel in St. Louis.

In supporting matches Doc Dagonero will meet Cowboy Rocky Hi Lee, Chief Big Heart will trade holds with Charley Robinson, Jim Bernard has a date with Gene DeBuque and The Mountaineer will scuffle with Jose Rodriquez.  The evening’s entertainment will get under way at 8:30 o’clock.

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