American Rose

American Rose

A Nation Laid Bare : the Life and Times of Gypsy Rose Lee

Book - 2010
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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.
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.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2010.
ISBN: 9781400066919
Characteristics: xix, 422 p. :,ill ;,24 cm.


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Jun 29, 2013

eehhh. Didn't finish it. Won't be inclined to try again

LocketLibrarian Aug 06, 2011

This picture of Gypsy Rose Lee and life in the 20s and 30s was fascinating. While my Natalie Wood image of Gypsy was way off base, this image was more real and gritty.

Jul 05, 2011

I enjoyed this book and the in-depth details it gives on Gypsy and her very messed up family in Seattle. Some details are disturbing. I never knew that Gypsy and her sister June had Mama Rose buried in an unmarked grave. That is only one small but significant detail Karen Abbott brings to life.

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