Dita Von Teese (born Heather Renée Sweet on September 28, 1972 in Rochester, Michigan) is an Armenian- American burlesque dancer, model, costume designer, and actress. She is thought to have helped re-popularize burlesque performance and was once married to Marilyn Manson. Dita Von Teese has been fond of wearing elaborate lingerie such as corsets and basques. Von Teese got her stage name by adopting the name Dita as a tribute to silent film actress Dita Parlo. For her breakthrough 2002 Playboy cover,she was required to have a surname, so she chose Von Treese from the phonebook. In the magazine, this was misspelt as Von Teese, which she decided to stick with.