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Last night, during dinner, I watched Burlesque with my sister in law and we started talking about Gypsy Rose Lee. Then, this morning, "Gypsy" was on tv! Although I wouldn't call her a fashion icon of her day, burlesque has certainly played its part in fashion. With today's glitz and fur accessories, fashion corsets and fascinators in every trendy mall store, fans of showgirl style can all take a hint from Gypsy and other original stars of burlesque.

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          "If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing slowly...very slowly"- Gypsy Rose Lee

Gypsy was born " Rose Louise Hovick" on January 9, 1911

The 1943 Barbara Stanwyck film Lady of Burlesque was based on Gypsy's mystery novel, The G-String Murders
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Gypsy performed from the 1930's to 1950's and was known for her use of comedy in her act.

Gypsy had a very stressful and sad childhood, being dragged all over the country by her mother to perform in vaudeville shows.

Embed from Getty Images Gypsy passed away in 1970

      "I wasn't naked. I was completely covered by a blue spotlight." -Gypsy Rose Lee

"I have everything I had 20 years ago, only it's a little lower." -Gypsy Rose Lee

Embed from Getty Images Read more on Gypsy in her book, Gypsy: Memoirs of America's Most Celebrated Stripper

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Add a little burlesque sparkle to your wardrobe with fishnet stockings, well made corsets and perfect pin-up girl heels.