Mara Gaye, born Marjorie Helen Ginsberg in Bronx, New York, was a professional showgirl, dancer with the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes, and exotic burlesque striptease dancer of the 1940s through the 1960s. She also performed under the name Marjorie Gaye. Marjorie Gaye was cast as a dancer alongside the then-unknown Ann Miller in the 1936 film The Devil on Horseback. She won both the Miss North Dallas and Miss Dallas beauty contests in 1936. In the mid-1930s, she performed at the Little Theatre of Dallas. She traveled with her mother to California in search of a talent agent that wound up not to exist. At that time she was also contemplating forming a tap-dancing duo with Miller until her father made her return home. She studied professional dance in Los Angeles. In April 1936, she was chosen to participate in the "Discoveries of 1936" show at the Wilshire-Ebell Theatre by the Assistance League of Southern California located in Hollywood, California. In 1937 she performed at the Casa Manana 4,000-seat theatrical restaurant in Texas as part of the Fort Worth Centennial Frontier Fiesta exhibition produced by Billy Rose. Fan dancer Sally Rand was the main attraction of the show. Gaye continued to perform in the Casa Manana show when it moved and opened in New York City.