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<b>Gypsy Rose Lee, 1911-01-08 ~ 1970-04-26, was an American burlesque entertainer famous for her striptease act. She was also an actress, author, and playwright whose 1957 memoir was made into the stage musical and film Gypsy. Gypsy Rose Lee was born Ellen June Hovick in Seattle, Washington, in 1911, although her mother later shaved three years off both of her daughters\' ages. Her name was changed to Rose Louise when her sister was born and given her name, Ellen. She was initially known by her middle name, Louise. Her mother, Rose Hovick (née Rose Evangeline Thompson), was a teenage bride fresh from a convent school when she married Norwegian-American John Olaf Hovick, who was a newspaper advertising salesman and a reporter at The Seattle Times. Louise\'s sister, Ellen Evangeline (better known as actress June Havoc), was born in 1913.</b> <p>After their parents divorced, the girls supported the family by appearing in vaudeville, where June\'s talent shone while Louise remained in the background. At the age of 15 in December 1928, June eloped with Bobby Reed, a dancer in the act, much to her mother\'s displeasure, going on to a brief career in marathon dancing, which was more profitable than tap dancing at the time.</p> <p>Louise discovered that she could make money in burlesque, which earned her legendary status as a classy and witty striptease artist. Initially, her act was propelled forward when a shoulder strap on one of her gowns gave way, causing her dress to fall to her feet, despite her efforts to cover herself Encouraged by the audience response, she went on to make the trick the focus of her performance. Her innovations were an almost casual strip style compared to the herky-jerky styles of most burlesque strippers (she emphasized the \"tease\" in \"striptease\"), and she brought a sharp sense of humour into her act as well. She became as famous for her onstage wit as for her strip style, and – changing her stage name to Gypsy Rose Lee – she became one of the biggest stars of Minsky\'s Burlesque, where she performed for four years. She was frequently arrested in raids on the Minsky brothers\' shows.</p> <p>In 1937 and 1938, billed as Louise Hovick, she made 5 films in Hollywood. But her acting was generally panned, so she returned to New York City where she had an affair with film producer Michael Todd and co-produced and appeared in his 1942 musical revue \"Star and Garter\".</p> <p>Trying to describe what Gypsy was (a \"high-class\" stripper), H. L. Mencken coined the term <i>ecdysiast</i>. Her style of intellectual recitation while stripping was spoofed in the number \"Zip!\" from Rodgers and Hart\'s Pal Joey, a play in which her sister June appeared. Gypsy can be seen performing an abbreviated version of her act (intellectual recitation and all) in the 1943 film Stage Door Canteen.</p> <ul> <li>More info: <a href=\"http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gypsy_Lee_Rose\" target=\"_blank\">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gypsy_Lee_Rose</a></li> </ul>
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