American burlesque dancer, actress, and article writer whose popular memoir was modified in to the Broadway musical Gypsy. Her secret book, The G-String Murders, offered as the foundation for the Barbara Stanwyck film Woman of Burlesque. Starting at age seven, she performed with her more youthful sister, June, inside a vaudeville take action entitled “Baby June and Her Farmboys.” She acted inside a 1937 film entitled You Can’t Possess Everything. Her celebrity sister passed the stage name of June Havoc. Jule Styne made up the music for Gypsy, a musical predicated on Gypsy Rose Lee’s memoir.
Full Name Gypsy Rose Lee
Date Of Birth February 9, 1914
Died April 26, 1970, Los Angeles, California, United States
Place Of Birth Seattle, WA
Height 1.73 m
Profession Stage Actress
Spouse Julio De Diego, Alexander Kirkland, Robert Mizzy
Movies Gypsy, Stage Door Canteen, Lady of Burlesque, Belle of the Yukon, The Trouble with Angels, Ali Baba Goes to Town, Screaming Mimi, You Can't Have Everything, Wind Across the Everglades, Battle of Broadway, Sally, Irene and Mary, Babes in Bagdad, The Over-the-Hill Gang, My Lucky Star, The Stripper, Who Has Seen the Wind?
TV Shows The Pruitts of Southampton, Think Fast
Star Sign Aquarius
After she was diagnosed with lung cancer she reconciled with her sister June.
Her father was of Norwegian descent. Her mother was of British Isles and German ancestry.
Portrayed by Natalie Wood in Gypsy (1962) and even appeared on set to give Wood advice on how to perform the stripper dance routines. In real life Wood was actually eight inches shorter than the real Gypsy Rose Lee.
In the 1940s, Gypsy Rose Lee was in love with the theatrical impresario Michael Todd, who produced two Broadway shows starring Lee ("Star and Garter" and "The Naked Genius"). She married Alexander Kirkland in 1942 in an attempt to make the already-married Todd jealous. They divorced in 1944. While married to Kirkland, she had a brief fling with Otto Preminger. The fruit of their affair was a boy named Erik Lee, who has been known successively as Erik Kirkland, Erik de Diego, and Erik Lee Preminger.
Gypsy Rose started dancing and stripping at burlesque houses at the age of 15 with the assistance of fellow dancer "Tessie The Tassel Twirler." She retired from burlesque 8 years later to appear in films but documented her rise to fame and adventurous relationship with her mother in the autobiographical book, "Gypsy."