Myers, under the stage name “Tammi True,” was a headliner at Jack Ruby’s Dallas nightclub and will be a part of this ongoing monthly event with a presentation on Saturday, September 6th at 2 pm at the Sixth Floor Museum. The Living History Series presented by the Sixth Floor museum links the past to the present through firsthand accounts from reporters, law enforcement officials, musicians and everyday citizens who witnessed the assassination or other historic events of the early 1960s. Each presenter ihas contributed to The Sixth Floor Museum’s ongoing Oral History Project.
Who is Tammi True?
Wild, irreverent, provocative – burlesque was a part of the 60s culture of the United States, and in Dallas, Jack Ruby’s Carousel Club was frequented by the police and many a high powered official. Nancy Myers was an exotic dancer there around the time of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1963, with the stage name of “Tammi True." Two days after the assassination, Myers watched as her boss, Jack Ruby, shot and killed accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald during a routine police transfer.
Myers had known Ruby since she was a teenager, having met him at his Vegas Club on Oak Lawn Avenue in Dallas. In the oral history Myers provided The Sixth Floor Museum, she remembers Ruby as “hyper” and “spontaneous,” yet “extremely protective” of his dancers. Myers retired from performing in the late 1960s. In 2013, she co-wrote with David Hopkins the book, The Wild and Wayward Tales of Tammi True. She was also featured that same year in the TV docudrama, True Tales. Following the presentation, Myers will sign her book, which is available for sale in both Museum stores.
Myers will talk about her memories of Ruby and the burlesque days of Dallas during The Sixth Floor Museum's Living History presentation on Saturday, September 6, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 when combined with Museum admission or $10 for the program only. Advance tickets are recommended and may be purchased online at www.jfk.org. The Sixth Floor Museum is located at 411 Elm Street in Dallas.