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It's a good biography, but difficult to listen to because of the time shifts. The author moves back & forth through the highlights of a very busy and very short life and it's difficult to keep track of marriages, performances and relationships because of the time jumping.
Be sure to view YouTube with videos of Gypsy Rose Lee performing (very G rated, but very interesting) and go to the book's website to see photos of Tough Rose and Baby June
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I was hoping it would go deeper into the unique relationship Rose had with her mother. Mama Rose wasn't really covered in depth in this book, so her motives didn't really reveal anything about Gypsy herself that most fans wouldn't have already known. The interviews with her sister were quite interesting, especially the way the competition Mama Rose had instilled in them since birth continued when both recognized where it really came from but neither chose to do anything to change it.
The chapters jumped around in Rose's history, not a writing technique I'm fond of personally. First it was the height of her fame, then it was her early years, then it split into a third section about the Minsky's history with burlesque and just kept going and going. I had hoped there would have been more insight, especially from her son who was also interviewed but again it stayed on the surface.
Maybe it was the authors intention to make it like a burlesque strip, you see what you see and you have to imagine the rest.