was born Francesca Natividad on February 13, 1948, in
Juarez, Mexico just across the Rio Grande from El
Paso. She is the oldest of nine siblings. Yes
Natividad is her real last name. Her mom gave birth
when she was just 16, at home, with her grandmother as
It was 1969 and soon after an introduction to the
owner of a Pasadena-based club called Gianone’s, she
made her dancing debut. Very nervous, she concentrated
on her dancing while oblivious to everything going on
around her. When she finished, the crowd clapped and
howled, while throwing money on the stage. The roar
would grow so load, it could be heard two blocks away!
And she liked it! Before long she was working a couple
of clubs a night.