The Life and Times of Gypsy Rose Lee

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Karen Abbott tells the story of America’s coming-of-age through the life of vaudeville performer, Gypsy Rose Lee. Her latest book, American Rose: A Nation Laid Bare: The Life and Times of Gypsy Rose Lee, delves into Gypsy’s world, including her dramatic triangle relationship with her sister, actress June Havoc, and their formidable mother, Rose.


Karen Abbott

Comments [3]


Gypsy Rose Lee pioneered comedy in sex or sex in comedy? Really? Before Sophie Tucker or Mae West? Ridiculous.

Jan. 06 2011 05:36 PM
Jeremy from Harlem

The author comments that Gypsy Rose Lee pioneered comedy in sex, or vice versa; by how much does she predate Mae West? Was West's persona, or schtick, possible without Lee?

Jan. 06 2011 01:01 PM
Lloyd from Manhattn

I saw Gypsy Rose Lee in The Threepenny Opera at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Milburn, NJ, in the early 1960s

Jan. 06 2011 12:54 PM

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