Gypsy Rose Lee’s 100th Birthday!
A multi media event of Song, Dance, Film and Literature just like the lady herself!
The Seattle Burlesque community and it’s supporters will honor Gypsy Rose Lee and the many artistic contributions she made to society with an evening of celebration and fundraising for an organization that keeps the tradition of Burlesque past and present alive, The Burlesque Hall of Fame- located in Las Vegas, NV.
Hosted by Miss Astrid, performances by two time Miss Exotic World title winner Catherine D’Lish, Legend of Burlesque Joan Arline, Lily Verlaine, Nick Garrison, Miss Inga Ingenue and a reading from “America Rose” by Sarah Rudinoff.
In honor of her 100th birthday, The Swedish Housewife and the Burlesque Hall of Fame invites you to join us in toasting the unique life and legacy of America’s most celebrated Burlesque Icon, Gypsy Rose Lee Born Rose Louise Hovick in Seattle, Washington on January 8, 1911, Ms Lee was an entertainer, author and playwright of significant renown—even before her 1957 memoir, Gypsy, made her the American stage (and screen’s) most beloved stripteaser.
30 years after her death, Gypsy remains a beloved Broadway favorite. In fact, the musical’s 2008 production earned numerous awards, including coveted Tony and Drama Desk Awards for Patti LuPone (Mama Rose), Laura Benanti (Gypsy) and Boyd Gaines (Herbie). However, not every star’s story gets told—much less becomes fodder for a best-selling, beloved memoir, Broadway musical or Hollywood film. And, while there is, was and always will be only ONE Gypsy Rose, there are countless entertainers who graced the stages of America’s “burly houses”—women who led similarly wild, colorful and dramatic lives; the stories and memorabilia from which are in grave danger of being lost to the ages.
In partnership with Random House, publishers of American Rose: The Life and Times of Gypsy Rose Lee, the forthcoming biography by best-selling author Karen Abbott (Sin in the Second City), The Burlesque Hall of Fame is proud to announce a series of very special fundraising events, celebrating burlesque’s brightest, most successful “crossover” star. It is our hope that, in paying tribute to the life and times of this beloved icon, fans will be moved to support the Hall of Fame’s mission to collect, preserve and promote the unique history and heritage of American Burlesque.
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About the Burlesque Hall of Fame
The Burlesque Hall of Fame is a 501 (C)(3) non-profit organization. Our mission is to establish a permanent, first-rate tourist attraction and research/exhibition space for our unique collection, in hopes of inspiring, educating and entertaining the public and fostering an appreciation for the unique history and heritage of American Burlesque; including but not limited to the art, artifacts and personal histories of the art’s biggest names and brightest stars.
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