This is a biography about one of the most famous strip teasers in American history. And I don't mean pole dancing, but burlesque. This is a woman who would remove pins from her outfit one by one and throw them in a nearby tuba and show only one body part at a time. It was stripping before it became "stripping." It was stripping when stripping had a measure of class about it. (I know that sounds funny, but seriously.)
Gypsy Rose Lee aka Rose Louise Havoc aka Hard boiled Rose had a rough life. She was an unwanted child. When her prettier, more dainty sister was born to her mother, Rose, her mother actually changed Gypsy's name from Ellen June (the more desired and prettier name) to Rose Louise in order to give the new, better daughter the name Ellen June. Neither sister was educated. Each one was forced to sing and dance in Vaudeville their entire lives and support their greedy mother, Rose. The book talks a lot about the growing tensions between Rose and June who later became a well known actress, June Havoc.