Coverart for item
The Resource Mama Rose's turn : the true story of America's most notorious stage mother, Carolyn Quinn

Mama Rose's turn : the true story of America's most notorious stage mother, Carolyn Quinn

Label
Mama Rose's turn : the true story of America's most notorious stage mother
Title
Mama Rose's turn
Title remainder
the true story of America's most notorious stage mother
Statement of responsibility
Carolyn Quinn
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Hers is the show business saga you think you already know--but you ain't seen nothin' yet. Rose Thompson Hovick, mother of June Havoc and Gypsy Rose Lee, went down in theatrical history as "The Stage Mother from Hell" after her immortalization on Broadway in Gypsy: A Musical Fable. Yet the musical was 75 percent fictionalized by playwright Arthur Laurents and condensed for the stage. Rose's full story is even more striking.Born fearless on the North Dakota prairie in 1892, Rose Thompson had a kind father and a gallivanting mother who sold lacy finery to prostitutes. She became an unhappy teenage bride whose marriage yielded two entrancing daughters, Louise and June. When June was discovered to be a child prodigy in ballet, capable of dancing en pointe by the age of three, Rose, without benefit of any theatrical training, set out to create onstage opportunities for her magical baby girl--and succeeded.Rose followed her own star and created two more in dramatic and colorful style: "Baby June" became a child headliner in vaudeville, and Louise grew up to be the well-known burlesque star Gypsy Rose Lee. The rest of Mama Rose's remarkable story included love affairs with both men and women, the operation of a "lesbian pick-up joint" where she sold homemade bathtub gin, wild attempts to extort money from Gypsy and June, two stints as a chicken farmer, and three allegations of cold-blooded murder--all of which was deemed unfit for the script of Gypsy. Here, at last, is the rollicking, wild saga that never made it to the stage"--
Assigning source
Provided by publisher
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Quinn, Carolyn
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
PN2287.L29
LC item number
Q56 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Lee, Gypsy Rose
  • Hovick, Rose Thompson
  • Havoc, June
  • Entertainers
  • Mothers of entertainers
  • Mothers and daughters
  • Actors
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Entertainment & Performing Arts
  • PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / Broadway & Musical Revue
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Women
Label
Mama Rose's turn : the true story of America's most notorious stage mother, Carolyn Quinn
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 261-306) and index
Control code
837957537
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 311 pages, [26] p. of plates
Isbn
9781617038532
Lccn
2013015120
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)837957537
Label
Mama Rose's turn : the true story of America's most notorious stage mother, Carolyn Quinn
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 261-306) and index
Control code
837957537
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 311 pages, [26] p. of plates
Isbn
9781617038532
Lccn
2013015120
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)837957537

Library Locations

    • Copley LibraryBorrow it
      5998 Alcalá Park, San Diego, CA, 92110-2492, US
      32.771354 -117.193327
Processing Feedback ...