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Gypsy Rose Lee: Rare and Classic Photos of a Burlesque Legend

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.
Randi Grau Donelan
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Unpublished. Burlesque star Gypsy Rose Lee in Memphis, Tenn., 1949.

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