Online Collection

Joy Dale Oral History

Object Number: 2004.001.0033
Category: Oral Histories
Oral history interview subject: Joy Dale
Oral history interviewer: Stephen Fagin
Oral history interviewer: Arlinda Abbott
Type of Object: Oral history
Dimensions: 60 Minutes
Videotaped oral history interview with Joy Dale. In 1963, Dale worked as a stripper at Jack Ruby's Carousel Club. She spoke with Ruby at the club the afternoon of the assassination and was later interviewed on live television the day of the Oswald shooting.

Interview conducted on August 3, 2004 by Associate Curator Stephen Fagin and Project Coordinator Arlinda Abbott. The interview is one hour long.

The video attached to this record is an excerpt. The entire interview is available in our Reading Room to on-site researchers or by submitting a Rights & Reproductions Request Form.
Curator's Notes

"Joy Dale" was the stage name used by this performer at Jack Ruby's Carousel Club in 1963.  At Ms. Dale's request, her real name was not used during this 2004 oral history interview.  One of her fellow Carousel Club dancers, Nancy Myers (stage name: Tammi True) recorded a videotaped oral history interview on May 6, 2010. Both ladies speak highly of their employer, Jack Ruby, and emphasize his warm and protective nature, particularly among women and children. - Stephen Fagin, Curator

Since her oral history in 2004, Joy Dale has appeared in a few TV documentaries talking about Jack Ruby, her employer and friend.  She came to my attention in the late 90s in a most unusual way.  The late Sue Hilty, The Sixth Floor Museum's office manager, mentioned one day that the locksmith who sometimes did work for the Museum was married to a woman who once worked for Ruby.  I immediately called him for more information and soon found Joy was a delightful woman with some wonderful stories about Dallas in the 60s.  She has been a good friend of the Museum ever since.  - Gary Mack, Curator

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