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Gypsy: A Memoir Paperback – July 15, 1999
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"... will delight anyone who has a love for the annals of the American stage."
"This is show business, this America... this is Gypsy Rose Lee!"
- Tennessee Williams
"I found it irresistable. It's quite a performance. I bet some of it is even true, and if it wasn't, it is now."
- John Steinbeck
About the Author
Gypsy Rose Lee (1911–1970) was an infamous vaudeville entertainer best known for her burlesque performances. Her memoir was adapted into the renowned musical Gypsy. She also appeared in several films and television programs including The Trouble with Angels and The Over-the-Hill Gang. In addition to her memoir, Lee wrote the novels The G-String Murders and Mother Finds a Body, as well as the play The Naked Genius.
Erik Preminger is the son of burlesque performer Gypsy Rose Lee and film director Otto Preminger. An actor, writer, and producer, Preminger’s published works include Gypsy & Me: At Home and on the Road with Gypsy Rose Lee and My G-String Mother: At Home and Backstage with Gypsy Rose Lee.
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The book inspired the musical, "Gypsy," which was a great vehicle for Ethel Merman as the mother, Mama Rose. They played all across the country on the Orpheum circuit. Gypsy covers about everything in great detail. She writes about the early days in cheap hotels and the acts which included her sister June and the boys. Mama Rose almost lost custody when the courts demanded her daughters to be educated by a tutor.
When June left the act, Louise stepped up and became the center of the act and her mother's attention. Louise remained a loyal daughter but you couldn't blame June. Mama Rose had prevented June from a becoming a trained actress with all expenses paid in New York City rather than lose her. June was smart enough to leave the act for her own survival. She and her then husband participated in dance marathon contests throughout the country.
There are parts of the book that shed truth to the musical version, "Gypsy," and some whitewashing too. I believe Louise went into Burlesque with an open mind and knew what she was doing. She would become a big star and a household name. Louise was smart enough to take the opportunity since she was raised with little education in the first place. Her mother traveled with her for a long time. There are plenty of pictures in this book and even illustrated cartoons to show Gypsy's influence in pop culture history.
This edition comes with a prologue and epilogue by her only child, son Erik Lee Preminger, (father was film director Otto Preminger). Gypsy writes mostly about the past. She doesn't talk much about her personal relationships with men or her marriages. She died at only 59 years old in Los Angeles, California. June would live well into her nineties and outlive her only daughter.
The book bears small resemblances to the show: There really was a monkey named Gigalo, Louise was given farm animals as pets for her birthday, there is a man that Rose links up with for several years who manages the troup, they did eat Chinese food constantly, make coats out of blankets, and a cow really talked to Rose in a dream.
There are major differences between the show and the book: The switch from Vaudeville to Burlesque was less dramatic in the book than the show -almost natural. "Herbie", Rose's companion and manager, left long before the act went Burlesque. And one very 'big' difference: you'll notice in the show that Grandpa calls Louise "Plug" but we dont' really know why. The little girl playing Louise was too adorable for words and grew up to be the stunning Natalie Wood. But, Gypsy got the name plug because she was a large child. And she grew up large. It wasn't until a couple years in Burlesque that she became more svelte. This is also a major point in the books, detailing the diets she was on and how it destroyed her self-esteem as a child.
Gypsy, the movie, is a fun-filled version of life on the road for a vaudeville troupe. Yes, there are hard times, but nothing so bad. Gypsy the memoir describes eviction, near starvation, nights of sleeping in the cars, almost frozen, con artists - real life struggle.
It's a quick read that is terribly fascinating. I highly recommend it.