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Never-before-seen photos of Gypsy Rose Lee

In the 1940s and '50s, Gypsy Rose Lee became a superstar for her sexy burlesque routines that captivated audiences. She died at the age of 59 in 1970. Now, LIFE.com is sharing never-before-published photos of the star. Click here for more photos from LIFE.com

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Never-before published

Gypsy Rose Lee poses in 1949.

 

Busy backstage

Burlesque star Gypsy Rose Lee writes in her dressing room in Memphis, Tenn., 1949.

Helping out

Burlesque star Gypsy Rose Lee (right) dresses other performers in Memphis, Tenn., 1949.

Behind the scenes

Burlesque star Gypsy Rose Lee (left) and other performers in Memphis, Tenn., 1949.

 

Family life

Gypsy Rose Lee with her third husband, the painter Julio de Diego, 1949.

Never-before-seen photos of Gypsy Rose Lee

In the 1940s and '50s, Gypsy Rose Lee became a superstar for her sexy burlesque routines that captivated audiences. She died at the age of 59 in 1970. Now, LIFE.com is sharing never-before-published photos of the star. Click here for more photos from LIFE.com

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