In , Rose had another child, June. Rose thought June was much more beautiful, photogenic and talented than Louise apparently could ever hope to be, which soon caused her to pack up her two children and search for a career in vaudeville she divorced her husband when he objected to a career in show business. June was, of course, the star, and Louise was put in the chorus, though she did get an occasional moment in the spotlight. There are many who believe that Rose was squandering the money.
Living in her shadow: The true story behind Gypsy Rose Lee's younger sister
A revealing look at Gypsy Rose Lee - CBS News
Life Living in her shadow: The true story behind Gypsy Rose Lee's younger sister SHE is a conniving, resentful, boyfriend-stealing younger sister who runs off as a teenager to try to carve a stage career out of the little talent she possesses. As Gypsy the musical returns to the London stage after an absence of 40 years, the distorted legend of the burlesque artist Gypsy Rose Lee played by Lara Pulver , her monstrous mother Momma Rose Imelda Staunton and her younger sister Baby June Gemma Sutton is being told once again. Gypsy, with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, has been dubbed the greatest musical ever made. It portrays her as a woman none of us would want to be and few would want to meet.
A revealing look at Gypsy Rose Lee
Early life[ edit ] Gypsy Rose Lee was born in Seattle , Washington, on January 8, ;    [note 1] however, she always gave January 9 as her date of birth. Her sister, actress June Havoc , was born in Their mother, Rose Thompson Hovick , forged various birth certificates for each of her daughters—older when needed to evade varying state child labor laws, and younger for reduced or free train fares. The girls were unsure until later in life what their years of birth were. She had an elementary education, unlike June who was taught to read by stage-hands.
But, as the images in this gallery attest, Gypsy was hardly just another stripper; instead, as a performer, a wife and a mother of a young son, she had something about her—an approachable, self-deprecating demeanor aligned with a quiet self-certainty—that any politician would envy. The prospect of having to do her old strip-tease act 8 to 15 times a day "all across the country to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan," meanwhile—although hardly thrilling to the year-old mom—was also something Gypsy could, characteristically, put in solid perspective: She lives in her own trailer with her third husband, the noted Spanish painter, Julio de Diego. With them is her 4-year-old son, Erik [Otto Preminger's child, as it turned out] and his nurse.