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This Stephen Sondheim/Jules Styne/Arthur Laurents musical comedy Arthur Laurents had been a Broadway smash with Ethel Merman in the lead. Based on the autobiography of striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee, it centers on the antics of Mama Rose (here played by Rosalind Russell), the Stage Mother from Hell who prods and pushes her daughters June and Louise into a vaudeville career. Rose pins most of her hopes for fame on older daughter June (billed as "Dainty June"), while little Louise reluctantly goes along for the ride. Karl Malden plays the girls' agent, who falls in love with Rose but is ultimately turned off by her ruthless ambition. When June escapes the act to get married, Rose puts the unwilling Louise in the star spot, but vaudeville is dying and soon the only booking they can get is in a cheap burlesque house. The strippers take Louise under their wing and advise her that "You've gotta have a gimmick" to survive on the bump-and-grind circuit. The nervous Louise rises to stardom as stripper Gypsy Rose Lee, whose "gimmick" is to adopt a self-mocking attitude and to put on pseudo-sophisticated airs. Rose resents Gypsy's rise to the top, but a bravura eight-minute musical soliloquy reveals that Rose had forced her daughters on the stage because she wanted to live out her own dreams of stardom. Louise--aka Gypsy--is played by Diane Pace as a girl and by Natalie Wood as an adult; June (better known as June Havoc) is portrayal by Suzanne Cupito (later billed as Morgan Brittany) as a little girl and Ann Jillian as an adolescent. Most of the best songs, including "Let Me Entertain You," "Small World," and "Everything's Coming Up Roses," remain intact from the original Broadway production. Arthur Laurents was remade for television in 1993, with Bette Midler as Rose. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Natalie Wood Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1962 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Paul Wallace New Star of the Year - Male 1962 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Karl Malden Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1962 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Mervyn LeRoy Best Director 1962 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Rosalind Russell Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1962 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Orry-Kelly Best Color Costume Design 1962 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Harry Stradling Best Color Cinematography 1962 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Frank Perkins Best Adapted Score 1962 Nominee

Cast

Rosalind Russell
as Rose Hovick
Natalie Wood
as Louise "Gypsy Rose Lee" Hovick
Karl Malden
as Herbie Sommers
Paul Wallace
as Tulsa No. 2
Ann Jillian
as "Dainty" June
Betty Bruce
as Tessie Tura
Parley Baer
as Mr. Kringelein
Harvey Korman
as Phil
Harry Shannon
as Grandpa
Diane Pace
as "Baby" Louise
Faith Dane
as Mazeppa
Roxanne Arlen
as Electra
Jean Willes
as Betty Cratchitt
George Petrie
as George
Ben Lessy
as Mervyn Goldstone
Guy Raymond
as Patsy
Louis Quinn
as Cigar
Trudi Ames
as Hawaiian Girl
Renee Aubry
as Hollywood Blonde
Jack Benny
as Himself
William Fawcett
as Mr. Willis
Teri Hope
Frances Karath
Danny Lockin
as Yonkers
Bert Michaels
Marni Nixon
as Loise Hovick
Renee Aubry
as Hollywood Blonde
Danny Lockin
as Yonkers
Trudi Ames
as Hawaiian Girl
Jack Benny
as Himself
William Fawcett
as Mr. Willis

Crew

Mervyn LeRoy
Director
Mervyn LeRoy
Producer
Leonard Spigelgass
Screenwriter
Gypsy Rose Lee
Book Author
Harry Stradling
Cinematographer
Frank Perkins
Musical Direction/Supervision
Frank Perkins
Composer (Music Score)
Jule Styne
Composer (Music Score)
John Beckman
Art Director
Orry-Kelly
Costume Designer
Bill Gaskin
Costume Designer
Howard Shoup
Costume Designer
Dolph Thomas
Sound/Sound Designer
Jerome Robbins
Choreography
Gordon Bau
Makeup
Gene Hibbs
Makeup
Stephen Sondheim
Lyricist
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