Burlesque History – Inspired by Gypsy Rose Lee

Serena Doherty March 4, 2017 The Burlexe Burlesque Show

This is the first and second instalments of our Burlexe burlesque films inspired by Gypsy Rose Lee. We give an insight into burlesque history through her enduring persona.

Burlesque History – Inspired by Gypsy Rose Lee Part One

The Burlexe burlesque films chart the herstory of showgirls through the stories of the women who defined the genre and perform today. Our first burlesque video was inspired by the illusive Betsy Boudoir.

Now we bring you a tale inspired by Gypsy Rose Lee. The path that led to her career, her humour, glamour and intelligence make her forever our original inspiration.

This burlesque monologue is consistently the first in our pop-up theatrical burlesque shows and with good reason. The Gypsy Rose Lee biography is infamous in the art form and beyond.

It inspired the Gypsy movie along with plays, musicals and countless burlesque performances. We, for some, are honoured to share our interpretation of this unforgettable woman.

Our first two snippets of this burlesque monologue will whet your whistle and explain how Gypsy Rose Lee became a dancer. Something we can all be thankful for.

Gypsy Rose Lee’s mother aka. Mama Rose notoriously pushed both her daughters into the spotlight. Though, performing may not have been Gypsy’s idea, she certainly made the most of it.

Read: Our Favourite Gypsy Rose Lee Burlesque Moments.

The Burlexe Cast and Crew

British actress, Gillian MacGregor, has returned to the fold to interpret this influential woman. We’re also loving her statement Topshop chain.

We’d like to say a big thank you to the lovely Neil Charlwood for his mad filming and editing skills. Alongside, our wonderful stylist, Holly Symmons, and hair and makeup magic from Sue Michael of Novel Beings.

Stay tuned for future excerpts from our burlesque shows and subscribe to our YouTube channel.

You can also watch the story of burlesque revised by UK burlesque stars and actresses in just 70 seconds.