So Gypsy Rose Lee is to hit the big screen again.
I’ve never seen her film or TV appearances nor any of her biopics or bio-stage shows nor have I read the famous autobiography, so I don’t really know what the attraction is.
Surely a pushy mother and an ability to take off her clothes with elegance can’t be the only reasons for her popularity.
Checking around the internet, I discovered that she wrote several books, including a couple of crime stories, and a play. She also knew a thing or two about art and amassed a considerable collection. Obviously a multi-talented lady.
The money she made in burlesque no doubt put her in a position to develop her other talents.
I like this quote from The Wall Street Journal:
Gypsy Rose Lee’s inimitable burlesque act won her fame, but her classic memoir is what made her immortal.
So it is for her writing that she continues to be famous. I don’t wonder so many celebrities publish their autobiographies, perhaps in the hope a good book will keep their name alive. Who wouldn’t want to have musicals, books, films, exhibitions and umpteen web-sites commemorating them long after their death?