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American Rose: A Nation Laid Bare: The Life and times of Gypsy Rose Leeby Karen Abbott
Synopses & Reviews
With the critically acclaimed Sin in the Second City, bestselling author Karen Abbott pioneered sizzle history (USA Today). Now she returns with thegripping and expansive story of America's coming-of-age--told through the extraordinary life of Gypsy Rose Lee and the world she survived and conquered.
America in the RoaringTwenties. Vaudeville was king. Talking pictures were only a distant flicker. Speakeasies beckoned beyond dimly lit doorways; money flowed fast and free. But then, almost overnight, the Great Depression leveled everything.When the dust settled, Americans were primed for a star who could distract them from grim reality and excite them in new, unexpected ways. Enter Gypsy Rose Lee, a strutting, bawdy, erudite stripper who possessed apreternatural gift for delivering exactly what America needed.
With her superb narrative skills and eye for compelling detail, Karen Abbott brings to vivid life an era of ambition, glamour, struggle, and survival. Using exclusive interviews and never-before-published material, she vividly delves into Gypsy's world, including her intensely dramatic triangle relationship with her sister, actress June Havoc, andtheir formidable mother, Rose, a petite but ferocious woman who seduced men and women alike and literally killed to get her daughters on the stage.
American Rose chronicles theirstory, as well as the story of the four scrappy and savvy showbiz brothers from New York City who would pave the way for Gypsy Rose Lee's brand of burlesque. Modeling their shows after the glitzy, daring reviewsstaged in the theaters of Paris, the Minsky brothers relied on grit, determination, and a few tricks that fell just outside the law--and they would shape, and ultimately transform, the landscape of Americanentertainment.
With a supporting cast of such Jazz- and Depression-era heavyweights as Lucky Luciano, Harry Houdini, FDR, and Fanny Brice, Karen Abbott weaves a rich narrative of a woman who defied allodds to become a legend--and whose sensational tale of tragedy and triumph embodies the American Dream.
From the Hardcover edition.
A provocative follow-up to the best-selling Sin in the Second City chronicles the life of the controversial striptease entertainer to reveal her intelligence, representation of American values and achievements against a backdrop of the Vaudeville and burlesque circuits.
About the Author
\Karen Abbott is the New York Times bestselling author of Sin in the Second City. A native of Philadelphia, she now lives in New York City with her husband and two African Grey parrots who do a mean Ethel Merman.
Table of Contents
New York World's Fair, 1940 — Seattle, Washington, 1910s — New York City, late spring 1912 — New York City, fall 1940 — Hollywood, California, 1916 — Paris, France, summer 1916 — Brooklyn, New York, fall 1940 — Seattle, Washington, and on the Vaudeville circuit, 1917-1920 — Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, December 1940 — New York City, 1917-1920 — Chicago, Illinois, 1941 — On the Vaudeville circuit, 1920-1924 — New York City, 1942 — New York City, 1920-1924 — Gypsy's country home, Highland Mills, New York, 1942 — On the Vaudeville circuit, 1925-1928 — Highland Mills and New York City, 1942-1943 — New York City, 1925-1928 — On and off the set of the Naked Genius, 1943 — On the Vaudeville and Burlesque circuits, 1928-1930 — New York City, 1943 — New York City, 1928-1930 — Hollywood and New York City, 1944 — On the Burlesque circuit, 1930-1931 — New York City, 1930-1931 --England, 1952-- New York City, 1931-1932 — New York City, 1931-32 — New York City and Nyack, New York, winter 1953-1954 — New York City 1932-1936 — New York City, 1932-1926 — New York City, 1956-1959 — Hollywood and New York City, 1937-1940 — New York City, 1958-1959 — New York City, 1969 — Los Angeles, California, 1969-70 — New York World's Fair, 1940.
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