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Author Abbott, Karen, 1973-

Title American rose : a nation laid bare : the life and times of Gypsy Rose Lee / Karen Abbott.

Imprint New York : Random House, c2010.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    792.7028 Lee,G ABB    Available
Edition 1st ed.
Description xix, 422 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [391]-397) and index.
Contents New York World's Fair, 1940 -- Seattle, Washington, 1910s -- New York City, late spring 1912 -- New York City, fall 1940 -- Hollywood, California, 1916 -- Paris, France, summer 1916 -- Brooklyn, New York, fall 1940 -- Seattle, Washington, and on the Vaudeville circuit, 1917-1920 -- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, December 1940 -- New York City, 1917-1920 -- Chicago, Illinois, 1941 -- On the Vaudeville circuit, 1920-1924 -- New York City, 1942 -- New York City, 1920-1924 -- Gypsy's country home, Highland Mills, New York, 1942 -- On the Vaudeville circuit, 1925-1928 -- Highland Mills and New York City, 1942-1943 -- New York City, 1925-1928 -- On and off the set of the Naked Genius, 1943 -- On the Vaudeville and Burlesque circuits, 1928-1930 -- New York City, 1943 -- New York City, 1928-1930 -- Hollywood and New York City, 1944 -- On the Burlesque circuit, 1930-1931 -- New York City, 1930-1931 --England, 1952-- New York City, 1931-1932 -- New York City, 1931-32 -- New York City and Nyack, New York, winter 1953-1954 -- New York City 1932-1936 -- New York City, 1932-1926 -- New York City, 1956-1959 -- Hollywood and New York City, 1937-1940 -- New York City, 1958-1959 -- New York City, 1969 -- Los Angeles, California, 1969-70 -- New York World's Fair, 1940.
Summary A pair of sister child stars coming from a Vaudeville family in the Jazz Age and maturing in the Depression, driven by the most ferocious of stage mothers, Dainty June and Louise Hovick chose different paths to fame--June as a "legit" actress, while Louise became Gypsy Rose Lee, a strutting, bawdy, erudite stripper who understood how to sell sexy without actually showing sex. Using exclusive interviews and never-before-published material, author Karen Abbott delves into Gypsy's world, including her intensely dramatic triangle relationship with her sister, June Havoc, and their formidable mother Rose. We also meet four scrappy and savvy showbiz brothers from New York City who would pave the way for Gypsy Rose Lee's brand of burlesque. The Minsky brothers relied on grit, determination, and a few tricks that fell just outside the law--and they would shape, and ultimately transform, the landscape of American entertainment.--Adapted from publisher description.
The author of the acclaimed "New York Times" bestseller "Sin in the Second City" returns with the gripping and expansive story of America's coming-of-age--told through the extraordinary life of Gypsy Rose Lee and the world she survived and conquered.
Subject Lee, Gypsy Rose, 1914-1970.
Authors, American -- 20th century -- Biography.
Stripteasers -- United States -- Biography.
ISBN 0307877094
9781400066919 (alk. paper)
1400066913 (alk. paper)

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