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Gypsy (1-Nov-1962)

Director: Mervyn LeRoy

Writer: Leonard Spigelgass

From a play: Gypsy by Arthur Laurents

Based on a book: Gypsy: A Memoir by Gypsy Rose Lee

Music by: Jule Styne

Producer: Mervyn LeRoy

Keywords: Drama, Biography, Strippers

The early life of burlesque legend Gypsy Rose Lee and her domineering mother Mama Rose. Film version of the smash Broadway hit starring Ethel Merman; Rosalind Russell plays Merman's part with aplomb, performing most of the singing herself (some parts dubbed). Received Oscar nominations for Best Cinematography, Best Musical Adaptation, and Best Costume Design. Remade as Gypsy (1993).

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NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Parley Baer
5-Aug-1914 22-Nov-2002 Chester on Gunsmoke radio
Morgan Brittany
5-Dec-1951   Katherine Wentworth on Dallas
Ann Jillian
29-Jan-1951   Ellis Island
Karl Malden
22-Mar-1912 1-Jul-2009 Streets of San Francisco
George O. Petrie
16-Nov-1912 16-Nov-1997 Harv Smithfield on Dallas
Rosalind Russell
4-Jun-1907 28-Nov-1976 Auntie Mame
Natalie Wood
20-Jul-1938 29-Nov-1981 Rebel Without A Cause


Rosalind Russell   ...   Rose
Natalie Wood   ...   Gypsy Rose Lee
Karl Malden   ...   Herbie Sommers
Paul Wallace   ...   Tulsa No. 2
Betty Bruce   ...   Tessie Tura
Parley Baer   ...   Mr. Kringelein
Harry Shannon   ...   Grandpa
Morgan Brittany   ...   Baby June
Ann Jillian   ...   Dainty June
Diane Pace   ...   Baby Louise
Faith Dane   ...   Mazeppa
Roxanne Arlen   ...   Electra
Jean Willes   ...   Betty Cratchitt
George Petrie   ...   George
Ben Lessy   ...   Mervyn Goldstone
Guy Raymond   ...   Pasty
Louis Quinn   ...   Cigar


Review by Linda Hoggarth (posted on 21-Aug-2007)

Gypsy is a marvel to the musical lovers' eyes. As usual, Rosalind Russell does not disappoint at all as Rose, the ambition-driving stage mother who never made it in the big time herself and was determined to make sure her girls were stars at the cost of everything and anything else. She makes every line her own and when Rosalind gives you that withering look, you feel it down into your soul. Although Natalie Wood is no singer, she is beautiful and an excellent actress and convinces you that the desperation to "make it in show business" during the vaudeville and burlesque days was palpable. Enjoy!

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