“I only fucked Gypsy Rose Lee once.”

This month, we celebrated 100 years of Gypsy Rose Lee.  Gyspy is probably the best known name in burlesque.  She made her mark in many areas. Broadway, movies, writing, and of course, performances.  She’s known for blending intelligent musings and striptease.  Her most famous act is a recitation about all the things she is thinking about while stripping.  Literature and art of course!

The title quote of this blog was said by Otto Preminger, the father of Gypsy’s only son, Erik Preminger.  I found this quote in the new book about Gypsy, ‘American Rose’, by Karen Abbott.  I highly recommend this book if you want to learn more about the tragically interesting Ms. Lee.

Gypsy had an amazing life and was quoted as saying, ‘You’re only as good as your scrapbook.’  As you can imagine, her scrapbook was quite substantial.  It’s probably the reason I try to keep everything from my career as well.  We’ll see what turns up when I’m 100!

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~ by michellelamour on January 13, 2011.

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