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A brilliant woman who happened to disrobe for a living, Gypsy Rose Lee was commonly known as the "intellectual stripper." Born Rose Louise Hovick in 1911, she had meager beginnings, no formal education, and a mentally ill stage mother who criticized and demeaned her daughter. Despite these hurdles, Gypsy climbed to the peak of every career she tackled: she triumphed as an actress, novelist, playwright, artist, political activist, and, ultimately, a star. Appendices cover Gypsy's will and estate, the original production and Broadway revivals of her play Gypsy, and complete filmographies and discographies. The book contains many rare and never-before-published photographs.

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Author and Playwright Robert Strom lives in California. He currently working on a new book about MGM singing star, Virginia O'Brien. BearManor Media has hired him to write this book, and one other about a great character actor. His books include "Miss Peggy Lee: A Career Chronicle" (McFarland 2005) and "Lady of Burlesque: The Career of Gypsy Rose Lee" (McFarland 2010).

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  • Paperback: 243 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland
  • Biographies & Memoirs \ Arts & Literature