Known as the Blonde Beauty, Sylvia Zankich began her career at the age of 15 as a taxi dancer, making seven cents a dance. She soon moved on to become a bar keep and owned a few cafes in the notorious Beacon Street area, the once glittering Mecca for illegal booze, illegal broads and illegal betting. She decided to expand to meet her customer’s needs and opened Sylvia's Bail Bonds. She soon became a legend around town and was named the first honorary Mayor of San Pedro. Sylvia passed away in 1995, at the age of 87.
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