Gypsy Rose Lee

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Stage Actress
Date of Birth February 9, 1914
Place of Birth Seattle, Washington
Date of Death Apr 26, 1970 (56)
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Gypsy Rose Lee was an American burlesque entertainer and vedette famous for her striptease act. Also an actress, author, and playwright, her 1957 memoir was adapted into the 1959 stage musical Gypsy.

Born: Rose Louise Hovick, January 8, 1911, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Died: April 26, 1970, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation: Actress, author, playwright, vedette, dancer, entertainer
Years active: 1928–69
Children: 1
Parent(s): John Olaf Hovick, Rose Thompson Hovick
Relatives: June Havoc (sister)
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About Gypsy Rose Lee

American burlesque dancer, actress, and writer whose famous memoir was adapted into the Broadway musical Gypsy. Her mystery novel, The G-String Murders, served as the basis for the Barbara Stanwyck film Lady of Burlesque.

Before Fame

Beginning at the age of seven, she performed with her younger sister, June, in a vaudeville act entitled "Baby June and Her Farmboys."


She acted in a 1937 film entitled You Can't Have Everything.

Family Life

She was born to Rose Thompson Hovick and John Hovick. Her actress sister went by the stage name of June Havoc. She was married three times and had one child, Erik.


Jule Styne composed the music for Gypsy, a musical based on Gypsy Rose Lee's memoir.

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  • Gypsy Rose Lee papers, 1910-1970 , held by the Billy Rose Theatre Division, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
  • Before burlesque, Gypsy Rose Lee performed at Jayhawk Theatre Accessed June 20th, 2019
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