Tuesday, March 22, 2011
American Rose: A Nation Laid Bare, The Life and Times of Gypsy Rose Lee-Karen Abbott
Starting in vaudeville at a very tender age, Louise as she was called, was the ugly duckling sister to her beautiful sister, Baby June. Her mother Rose was not the funny stage mother character, she was much, much worse, a monster.
It made me sad to read about all of the things working against her, and even some of the things she had going for her. She constantly had to deal with her overbearing mother and her jealousy of her sister. Gangsters ruled and she did what she felt she had to do to survive as a burlesque queen.
Queen she was! At one time she was the hottest ticket in town. An author, a sometime movie actress, Gypsy wanted fame and fortune. Growing up in terrible poverty, on the road, and playing second fiddle to her sister, all contributed to the character Gypsy became.
She was funny as hell on the talk show circuit. What a dame. They don't make them like her anymore, dammit!
I downloaded this e-book from my public library.