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Gypsy Rose Lee (January 8, 1911 – April 26, 1970)

Gypsy Rose Lee was an American burlesque entertainer famous for her striptease act. She was also an actress, author, and playwright whose 1957 memoir was made into the stage musical and film Gypsy.
Born: January 8, 1911, Seattle, Washington, United States
Died: April 26, 1970, Los Angeles, California, United States
Parents: John Hovick, Rose Thompson Hovick
Books: Gypsy: A Memoir, The G-String Murders, Mother finds a body, G-String Murders Counter Display
Siblings: June Havoc
Lived: February House, 7 Middagh St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA (40.7008, -73.99468)
Buried: Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood, Los Angeles County, California, USA, Plot: Pinecrest Plot, Lot 1087, Grave 8. Across from Utopia Plot

February House was the most fertile and improbable live-in salon of the XX century. Its residents included, among others, Carson McCullers, W. H. Auden, Paul Bowles, and the famed burlesque performer Gypsy Rose Lee (January 8, 1911 – April 26, 1970). This ramshackle Brooklyn brownstone was host to an explosion of creativity, an extraordinary experiment in communal living, and a nonstop yearlong party fueled by the appetites of youth. Here these burgeoning talents composed many of their most famous, iconic literary works while experiencing together a crucial historical moment--America on the threshold of WWII.
Address: 7 Middagh St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA (40.7008, -73.99468)
Type: Historic Street (open to public)
Place
In 1940, George Davis, an editor recently fired from Harper's Bazaar, rented a dilapidated house in Brooklyn Heights in which he installed brilliant, volatile artists, who spent the next year working, fighting, and drinking. Carson McCullers sipped sherry while, down the hall, the burlesque star Gypsy Rose Lee typed her mystery novel with three-inch fingernails, and, downstairs, Benjamin Britten and Paul Bowles fought over practice space. W. H. Auden was housemother, collecting rent, assigning chores, and declaring no politics at dinner. Like all bohemian utopias, February House (so named because of the residents' February birthdays) was unable to withstand the centrifugal force of its constituent egos. The artists dispersed—to return home, serve in the military, or follow wayward lovers—and the house was demolished to make way for the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway.



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Edith Wynne Matthison (1875-1955), Anglo-American stage actress who also appeared in two silent films, is buried at Inglewood Park Cemetery (720 E Florence Ave, Inglewood, CA 90302). Rumored to have had a relationship with Edna St Vincent Millay (1892-1950). Oher notable queer burials at Inglewood Park Cemetery: Sylvester James, Jr. (1947-1988), who used the stage name of Sylvester, American singer-songwriter; Gypsy Rose Lee (1911–1970), actress and burlesque dancer; Cesar Romero (1907-1994), American actor, singer, dancer, voice artist, and comedian who was active in film, radio, and television for almost 60 years (Romero never married and had no children, but made frequent appearances at Hollywood events escorting actresses, such as Joan Crawford, Linda Darnell, Barbara Stanwyck, Lucille Ball, Ann Sheridan, Jane Wyman, and Ginger Rogers; he was almost always described in interviews and articles as a "confirmed bachelor". Many Hollywood historians have speculated that Romero was a closeted gay man); Lawrence W. Tonner (1861-1947), Jesse Shepard's devoted secretary and companion for over forty years.



Queer Places, Vol. 1 edited by Elisa Rolle
ISBN-13: 978-1532901904
ISBN-10: 1532901909
Release Date: July 24, 2016
CreateSpace Store: https://www.createspace.com/6228297
Amazon (print): http://www.amazon.com/dp/1532901909/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
Amazon (kindle): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01IZ1BU9K/?tag=elimyrevandra-20

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