Bronze Goddess of Fire, The

The showbiz nickname of black actress LaWanda Page who costarred as the feisty, Bible-thumping aunt Esther Anderson on the sitcom SANFORD & SON/NBC/1972-77.

During her early days as a nightclub performer LaWanda Page earned the moniker of “The Bronze Goddess of Fire” as she entertained audiences by swallowing fire, setting her body ablaze with fire sticks and lighting cigarettes with her fiery fingertips.


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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