On what would have been Gypsy Rose Lee's 103rd birthday, LIFE celebrates her life and career with a selection of pictures from May 1949.
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George Skadding—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images Unpublished. Burlesque star Gypsy Rose Lee (center) dresses other performers in Memphis, Tenn., 1949