In the early 1950s, television wrestling programs were very popular and sometimes outrageous. One of its famous wrestling figures was “Gorgeous George,” a 5-foot 9-inch, 215 pound wrestler who wore his blond hair in rollers and had his valet Jeffries spray the ring with Chanel No. 5 perfume before he entered it.
Gorgeous George was called “Sensation of the Nation!” and “Toast of the Coast!” but he preferred to be be called “The Human Orchid.” George referred to the fans in the crowds as “Peasants!” When females in the audience reached out their hands to George, he usually kissed his own.
His first television appearance took place on November 11, 1947 (which Entertainment Weekly called one of the top 100 televised acts of the 20th century).
In 2002, Gorgeous George was inducted into the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame by a committee of his peers. In 2010, he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
Born George Raymond Wagner on March 24, 1915 in Butte, Nebraska, Gorgeous George died of a heart attack at the age of 48 on December 26, 1963.
See also – “Hatpin Mary“