Gypsy Rose Lee, The Queen Of Burlesque 4/14/13 ~ BBC-TV Comedian and talk-show host Paul O’Grady reveals: “I love strippers, I always have. Not the ‘show what they’ve got for a pound in a pint glass’ strippers… but the glamorous craftswomen whose every move is carefully choreographed.” His heart belongs to one stripper in particular, the burlesque artist Gypsy Rose Lee, a passion ignited by seeing Natalie Wood play her in the 1962 film Gypsy. The host travels to New York to explore the life of burlesque performer Gypsy Rose Lee, who emerged from childhood stardom to become a celebrated striptease artist in the 1930s. As Paul learns more about her life and career, he discovers he has a lot in common with his heroine of stage and screen. Paul searches for the story behind Gypsy. Included are interviews with Stephen Sondheim at his home, Gypsy's son Eric Preminger and in Washington DC, 89 year-old Faith Dane, the original Mazeppa. Paul reveals the effect that a legendary striptease artist had on him as he explores the life of the queen of American burlesque, Gypsy Rose Lee. Watching the 1962 film Gypsy, starring Rosalind Russell and Natalie Wood, ignited Paul's passion for the glamorous entertainer who had taken Broadway by storm with her tease and tassels.
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