Gypsy: The Art of the TeaseA true icon of America at a turning point in history, Gypsy Rose Lee was the first—and the only—stripper to become a household name. Her outrageous blend of funny-smart sex symbol with an aura of high culture inspired a musical and four memoirs. With verve, audacity, and native guile, Gypsy Rose Lee moved striptease from the margins of American life to Broadway, Hollywood, and Main Street. In her revealing portrait, Shteir (Striptease: The Untold History of the Girlie Show), an associate professor of the theater school at DePaul University, culls new sources in a book historian Francine du Plessix Gray calls “The best kind of cultural biography and the most serious history to date of the burlesque and striptease tradition.” (booksense)
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