Gypsy Ballyhoo Show Says "$10,000 a week I can afford to climb the slave block once in awhile."

 


 

GYPSY'S ADMIRERS fight to purchase tickets for her strip tease show. The carnival

in which she is featured will play this year for an estimated 17 million people.

 

SHE GOES ON JUNKET WITH A GIRLIE SHOW

 

"I'm probably the highest paid outdoor entertainer since Cleopatra," announced Gypsy Rose Lee recently, :and I don't have to stand for some of the stuff she had to."  Confidently taking her place among history's great ladies, Gypsy has for the first time in her life gone outdoors professionally.  At Memphis, Tenn. last month she began a six-months; tour with the world's largest carnival, The Royal American Shows.  For a minimum guarantee of  $10,000 a week, plus a fat percentage of the gross above that, Gypsy will do her celebrated strip tease on the "carny" route all across the country to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.  Her salary is not all gravy because she must pay for the roustabouts, musicians and girlie line that work in her 40-minute show.  But giving 8 to 15 performances a day in a 1,400-seat tent at one dollar admission, Gypsy Rose Lee is doing all right.

As "carny" performers go, Gypsy has it soft.  She lives in her own trailer with her third husband, the noted Spanish painter, Julio do Diego.  With them is her 4-year-old son Erik and his nurse, Julio, who loves to cook, sets up a stove behind their trailer and does a wonderful job on fish and fried chicken.

Gypsy, who loves to fish, carries an elaborate angler's kit, and whenever the show plays near a river, goes out and hooks fish as ably as she does customers.

 

GYPSY REHEARSES POLLY NELSON IN BALLET DANCE ROUTINE WHICH GIVES CUSTOMERS ART ALONG WITH SEX

IN A REVERSE STRIP-TEASE ACT, GYPSY INTRODUCES

 

GYPSY IN ACTION romps through famous strip tease as if she were kidding the audience instead of enticing it.

GYPSY SEWS and designs all costumes, coaches girls on how to saunter sexily, Here she fixes up Dorothy Deake.

GYPSY DICTATES a letter to her secretary, Brandy Bryant, who doubles up by doing a strip bit in the show.

 


 

GYPSY'S SON Erik sat next to Memphis censor at show. Delighted with the act, Erik piped up: "That's my mommy! Can your mommy do that?"

NEAR-NUDES LIKE FLORENCE BAILEY,  AND DRESSES THEM ON THE STAGE >>>>>

 

 


 

GYPSY'S HUSBAND Julio, who also has girlie show in the carnival, paints the entrance while Gypsy and son watch.  His attraction is called Dream Show.

GYPSY'S FRIENDS in carnival include a sword swallower, fire-eater and this cheerful bearded lady, Percilla Bejano, whose husband is Alligator Man.

 


 

BETWEEN SHOWS Gypsy and family manage to sneak off for sundown fishing on Wolf River, where Gypsy caught a catfish. Gypsy thinks nomadie.

carnival life has it all over working on Broadway or in Hollywood. "I can live in my trailer," she observes, "see the country, and also get a lot more fishing done


Article submitted by Jerry Willman

From - Life Magazine June 6, 1949

 


 

Gypsy Rose Lee Show on the Midway

 


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