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Gypsy Rose Lee rose from an early life in vaudeville to America's most famed burlesque performers, becoming the subject of the Broadway show Gypsy.
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Gypsy Rose Lee was born Rose Louise Hovick in Seattle, Washington, on January 19, 1911. Lee's mother created a vaudeville show with Gypsy and her younger sister as the stars. It was from this start that her mother eventually put her on the stage to first perform a slow strip tease at the age of 15. Although the burlesque did not lead to a successful movie career, the Broadway show Gypsy was a hit.
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