Before it was Popular, it Was Dangerous

Few writers begin their appearance at The Herald Tribune's prestigious Books and Authors Luncheon series by doing a striptease, but Gypsy Rose Lee feels it is expected of her.  

After taking off her gloves, hat, and earrings she stops, there being no "row of bald men" for her to look out over. Squinting, refusing to wear glasses, confiding she has "40-year-old eyes and a 20-year-old body," she talks about her just-published memoirs, reminiscing in particular about her early days in show business, when she was second banana to her sister June and even more overshadowed by the imposing figure of "Mother."