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.


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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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