Gypsy Rose Lee in Action!
Today is the birthday of Star of Vaudeville #102: Gypsy Rose Lee (for more on her and her equally classy sister June Havoc go here). Here’s a clip of Gypsy in action in the 1943 wartime film Stagedoor Canteen, performing a sort of parody of her normal burlesque routine:
To find out more about the variety arts past and present, consult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous, available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold. And don’t miss Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube, to be released by Bear Manor Media in 2013.