Maurice Seymour, the Russian émigré cum celebrity photographer, would take several cheesecake photos of the star that double as comic portraits. In one she hides her bare breasts with gloved hands while a black lace mantilla covers her head and shoulders, and she gazes away from the camera as though she were thinking important thoughts."
|H. L. Mencken coined a word just for Gypsy: ecdysiast (from "ecdysis," meaning "to molt"). |
Photo by George Skadding.
As anyone who has ever seen the musical based on her life knows, Gypsy was not conventionally beautiful, but she did have that certain je ne sais quoi.
|"Come one, come all!"|
Above: resting the gams backstage and offering a helping hand. Below, working on a writing project while on tour. Gypsy subbed as a guest columnist for Walter Winchell and wrote articles for the New Yorker on growing up in vaudeville (which became the nexus of her autobiography).
|Natalie Wood and GRL on the set of the film Gypsy.|