TITLE: Stripping Gypsy: The Life of Gypsy Rose Lee
SPEAKER: Noralee Frankel
EVENT DATE: 2009/11/17
RUNNING TIME: 58 minutes
Most people's knowledge of the entertainer Gypsy Rose Lee was gained through the stage musical and film of her extraordinary life. In Noralee Frankel's biography "Stripping Gypsy: The Life of Gypsy Rose Lee" (Oxford University Press, 2009), the author reveals another side of this complex and enigmatic figure. Frankel's lively biography, the first ever published about the highly mythologized Lee, examines the struggles she faced in making a lucrative and unconventional career for herself while maintaining a sense of dignity and social value.
Speaker Biography: Noralee Frankel is the assistant director for women, minorities and teaching at the American Historical Association. Her books include "Freedom's Women: Black Women and Families in Civil War Era Mississippi" and "Break Those Chains at Last: African Americans, 1860-1880."
SERIES: Books & Beyond