Gina Wilhelm Actress – Gypsy Rose Lee
Born in Seattle, Gypsy’s burlesque routines would emphasize the “tease” in striptease. It’s said she removed less clothing than other burlesque dancers.
On stage, “Gypsy” starred Ethel Merman. It was made into a film starring Rosalind Russell. There was also a TV movie in 1993 starring Bette Midler.
The LuPone revival, directed by Arthur Laurents, closed in January 2009 and won three Tony awards.