“Here She Is, Boys – Here She Is, World – HERE’S ROSE!” MAMA ROSE’S TURN: The Book Cover


Today the artwork came in for the cover of my biography of Rose Thompson Hovick, mother of Burlesque actress Gypsy Rose Lee and Vaudeville headliner “Baby June.”  That’s a very young Gypsy Rose Lee (real name: Rose Louise Hovick) shown here with “Mama Rose” in the photograph, which was taken circa 1917.

Rose was played on Broadway by Ethel Merman, Angela Lansbury, Tyne Daly, Bernadette Peters, Patti LuPone, and will soon be played in London’s West End by Imelda Staunton.  She was also portrayed in the movies by Rosalind Russell and Bette Midler.  As you can see from the book cover, unlike the character that was based upon her, in reality she was a very delicate-looking woman.  She was also just a teenager when she had her first child.

I found, during my research of this amazing family, that there was a whole side of the story of Mama Rose that no one else had previously uncovered.  The book will be available in early November 2013 from University Press of Mississippi.


9 thoughts on ““Here She Is, Boys – Here She Is, World – HERE’S ROSE!” MAMA ROSE’S TURN: The Book Cover

  1. Great news! One of my close friends on Facebook is author Michelle Morgan, whose book “Marilyn Monroe: Private And Undisclosed” is among the best of the many Monroe volumes, providing a human side of an icon. Michelle is currently working on what promises to be the definitive Carole Lombard biography, featuring an incredible amount of research; it should be released late next year. (Note of disclosure: I’ve helped provide her with some photographs.) Congratulations.


    • Thank you for posting this GREAT news about Michelle Morgan’s Carole Lombard book! I have been fascinated by Lombard since I was a child and “Gable & Lombard” was on all the bookshelves and in the movie theaters. I’ll look forward to her Lombard book and will find the one on Marilyn Monroe, too. I just ordered Donald Wolfe’s book on Marilyn’s death. Donald Wolfe grew up in Hollywood, where his grandmother’s boyfriend was buddies with Bugsy Siegel, so he had a whole new view of the Black Dahlia case, as a result.


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