Gypsy Rose Lee

Monday, 21 February 2011

Gypsy Rose Lee
Gypsy Rose Lee: Memoirs of America’s Most Celebrated Stripper

Gypsy Rose Lee was one of America’s legendary entertainers. She was an American original — a woman who transformed the striptease into an art form and bewitched audiences around the world. This colorful autobiography follows Gypsy from her childhood in a ragtag vaudeville troupe to her glittering career as the queen of burlesque. ( Read Gypsy Rose Lee more... )

Gypsy Rose Lee

Gypsy Rose Lee, Gypsy Rose Lee (January 8, 1911 to April 26, 1970) was an American burlesque artist, famous for her strptase. She was also an actress, author and playwright, whose memory was made in 1957 the musical and film Gypsy.

Gypsy Rose Lee was born Rosa Louise Hovick in Seattle, Washington in 1911, although her mother later razed for three years before the two ages of her daughters. She was first known by her first name, Louise. His mother, Rose Hovick (nee Rose Evangeline Thompson), was a teenage bride fresh from a convent where she married the Norwegian and American John Olaf Hovick, who was a seller of advertising in newspapers and a reporter from the Seattle Times. Louise’s sister, Ellen Evangeline Hovick (better known as actress June Havoc), was born in 1913. ( Read Gypsy Rose Lee more... )

A revealing look at Gypsy Rose Lee

In 1943 she played herself in "Stage Door Canteen."

By then she was famous: The beautiful and brainy stripper who became an international personality.

Above all, she was her own creation. Even her name was invented. She grew up as Rose Louise Hovik.

When asked if she ever explained why she chose the name "Gypsy," her son, Erik Lee Preminger, said, "Her favorite line about this is, 'Darling, I told that story so many different ways, I don't remember which one is true.'"

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