"I was very protective. He had taken a big chance with his career by choosing me over his wife. He said she'd sent him to a nuthouse because of me. Before I met Earl, nobody gave up a damn thing for me. And he was willing to give up everything." — Stripper Blaze Starr, describing her famous affair with Louisiana Gov. Earl Long to People magazine in 1989. Starr died last week at 83 at her home in West Virginia. The New York Times noted that Starr, who danced at the Sho-Bar on Bourbon Street, "stoked the fantasies of her legions of admirers from the runways of burlesque clubs across the country for more than 30 years, seducing many men along the way."