American Rose: A Nation Laid Bare: The Life and Times of Gypsy Rose Lee
NATIONAL BESTSELLERAmerica was flying high in the Roaring Twenties. Then, almost overnight, the Great Depression brought it crashing down. When the dust settled, people were primed for a star who could distract them from reality. Enter Gypsy Rose Lee, a strutting, bawdy, erudite stripper who... show more
NATIONAL BESTSELLERAmerica was flying high in the Roaring Twenties. Then, almost overnight, the Great Depression brought it crashing down. When the dust settled, people were primed for a star who could distract them from reality. Enter Gypsy Rose Lee, a strutting, bawdy, erudite stripper who possessed a gift for delivering exactly what America needed. With her superb narrative skills and eye for detail, Karen Abbott brings to life an era of ambition, glamour, struggle, and survival. Using exclusive interviews and never-before-published material, she vividly delves into Gypsy’s world, including her intense triangle relationship with her sister, actress June Havoc, and their formidable mother, Rose, a petite but ferocious woman who literally killed to get her daughters on the stage. Weaving in the compelling saga of the Minskys—four scrappy brothers from New York City who would pave the way for Gypsy Rose Lee’s brand of burlesque and transform the entertainment landscape—Karen Abbott creates a rich account of a legend whose sensational tale of tragedy and triumph embodies the American Dream.
Publish date: March 13th 2012
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Pages no: 448
Edition language: English
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, American History
, Biography Memoir
Fabulously researched with a wealth of information about GRL, her life *and* the times she lived. A bibliography I would be proud of collecting.The loss of the fifth star is due to the disjointed story line and unanswered questions. I almost always prefer a linear storyline, I do understand what the...
Won through Goodreads.Well, my phone ate my review, so let's try again.I didn't really care for this. I really enjoyed Abbott's first book, so I had high hopes. I didn't connect with the story or any of the people. Everyone was awful and I'm not really sure why I should care about any of them; so...
Very interesting history of vaudville...the end of vaudville and the beginning of burlesque that replaced it. NYC in the 20's and 30's and one lady who's name was synonymous with the original strip tease.
A fascinating and sometimes horrifying look at the life of famous burlesque performer Gypsy Rose Lee. Karen Abbott researched and met with Lee's sister and son to disentangle the truth from the legend Lee created about herself. One quibble: I hate when biographers write what a subject was thinking o...
Gypsy Rose Lee is a lady I knew virtually nothing about. I have never seen Gypsy – the movie or the stage musical. And even if I had, I still wouldn't know anything about her, seeing as how most of it was fabricated.This book tells about the real Gypsy Rose Lee: originally born Ellen June, but when ...