Gypsy Rose Lee

March 20, 2013 under Vintage

Gypsy Rose Lee - American burlesque dancer is reading backstage

…. A World Famous "Burlesque Stripper"

…. seen here with the Original "Laptop"!

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By David, USA

 

Ellen June Hovick was born in the US city of Seattle, Washington in 1911. Two years later her name was changed to Rose Louise Hovick, so that her new younger sister could have the name Ellen June… By the end of her career, Louise, as she was known to family and friends, had become a legendary strip-tease artist,  written two novels, a memoir which was the material for the Broadway hit "Gypsy – a Musical Fable", and a play which was released as the film "Doll Face" in 1946. She was featured in thirteen movies, and nine television shows, including her own San Francisco morning talk show in the 1960’s.

She was known as Louise to her closest, but fans across the USA knew her as Gypsy Rose Lee.

Gypsy Rose Lee burlesque dancer 6Gypsy Rose *rose* to stardom as a saucy burlesque stripper, a career highlighted by a four year stint at the famous New York City burlesque palace known as "Minsky’s".  Her strip shows were the cause of frequent police raids and arrests. Gypsy’s rise to national fame was driven by her quick wit – she was very clever, in fact smart, and always right there with a quick response to a remark from the audience… she would even make intellectual recitations as she stripped. Gypsy Rose got her on-stage "trademark" quite by accident – during a performance a snap broke and her entire dress fell to her feet – the audience loved it and she worked it into the act. Gypsy had a casual and relaxed style of stripping that contrasted with the more common mechanical style of stripping known as "herky jerky".

 

 

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Gypsy was politically active, and supported the Loyalists during the Civil War in Spain. Her frequent presence at meetings of the Communist United Front made her the subject of an investigation by the US House Committee on un-American activities.  She founded one of the first kennels in the US for breeding Chinese crested dogs.

 

Gypsy Rose Lee died of lung cancer in 1970, and she is buried in Inglewood Park, California.

 

“If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing slowly…very slowly”

– Gypsy Rose Lee

 

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Las Vegas Strip Strip Hooray Burlesque Performance

August 12, 2012 under Vintage

This is a fun photo from Strip Strip Hooray in Las Vegas of a burlesque performer in a sexy corset, garter belt, and vintage looking stockings.

In this show the dancer playfully takes off everything except for nipple covers and her undies and jumps into this giant martini glass full of water, gracefully splashing around.  It caught my eye because it is not a common concept.

I would love to see such a beautiful show some day, but burlesque doesn’t seem to be big in Canada.  They may have independent performances from time to time in small community centres  but that’s about it.

I’d love to hear your opinion on burlesque.  Did you ever go to a show?  I love the concept of art and sexuality combined and I hope that this lovely tradition will not disappear.  Glad to see that Las Vegas is popularizing that style with this wonderful show.

Dita von Tease from Strip Strip Hooray in Las Vegas in stockings and lingerie

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Hope Solo, both famous athlete and troublemaker, runs around in pantyhose

July 29, 2012 under Famous


This photo was taken before “dancing with the stars” according to what I found online – she was a contestant for 2011 paired with Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

There she is, beautiful and provocative!  She used to be a model before her soccer career.  Even though she is wearing fishnets, I am glad to see that she is in fact wearing some kind of hosiery.  Better than going bare legged!

That’s one sexy goalkeeper lady!  Good luck to her during 2012 Olympics.

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Male Dancer in White Tights

November 16, 2011 under Boys

I went to a fashion event and they had an amazing dancer in white pantyhose.  His dance moves were outstanding and I came at the end of the show to thank him.  Of course, as you notice, he doesn’t mind wearing tights and he says that he buys a lot of it for dancing.

I have nothing against men wearing tights as you may know from my bio section.  I enjoyed watching this dancer in white tights perform his ballet moves.  Somehow before it never occurred to me that mantyhose can be sexy.

As I learned later on, there are a lot of men out there who are not even dancers and enjoy to wear hosiery because of the feeling.  Beautiful dancer in these white tights made my heart race that cold Vancouver evening.

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