Mama Rose's Turn: The True Story of America's Most Notorious Stage Mother [NOOK Book]

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The full story behind the "Stage Mother from Hell" and every scandal too shocking for Gypsy: A Musical Fable
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Mama Rose's Turn: The True Story of America's Most Notorious Stage Mother

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The full story behind the "Stage Mother from Hell" and every scandal too shocking for Gypsy: A Musical Fable
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
02/01/2014
Known best (though inaccurately) as the overbearing stage mother in the musical Gypsy, Rose Thompson Hovick struts to center stage in Mama Rose's Turn. Given the half-truths and embellished stories in books by and about Gypsy Rose Lee and her sister, June Havoc, parts of this book are based on "speculation" if not prevarication, despite judicious attempts at fact-checking. Rose was a hard-drinking "ball-buster" who ignored personal boundaries. She worked hard and thrived on a certain amount of chaos. Historical researcher Quinn (coeditor, The Ziegfeld Times) gives voice to Rose with quotes from letters, newspaper stories, interviews, historical archives, biographies, and autobiographies. The author's writing is generally calm and factual, occasionally bursting (as Rose might have done) with resentment that pours out "like a molten volcano" or a temper that goes "berserk" whereupon Rose "slugs" one daughter. There was a "gigantic row" and a "problem with booze" before Rose was kicked out of a nursing home and died in 1954 at age 63. VERDICT Readers with an interest in Gypsy Rose Lee, vaudeville, burlesque, or dysfunctional families will be the natural audience for this title. Consider for larger collections.—Maggie Knapp, Trinity Valley Sch., Fort Worth, TX
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781617038549
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 10/26/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 363,601
  • File size: 8 MB

Meet the Author

Carolyn Quinn

Carolyn Quinn is a historical researcher and urban photographer with a lifelong interest in musical theater. She acts as consultant to playwright DeeJae Cox of the Los Angeles Women's Theatre Project, where a new play about Rose Hovick is in development. Quinn is also a member of the Ziegfeld Society and serves on the Advisory Council of the Boo-Arts Theatre. Find her at www.carolynquinn.net.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2014

    A Myrt's Review Mama Rose's Turn - The True Story of America

    A Myrt's Review




    Mama Rose's Turn - The True Story of America's Most Notorious Stage Mother by Carolyn Quinn




    Forever immortalized in the musical 'Gypsy', as the ultimate stage mother, Rose Thompson Hovick's life was so much more than that of the single minded, brassy, iconic 'Mama Rose' of stage and screen.  Both her famous daughters, child star and actress June Havoc and infamous stripper, Gypsy Rose Lee wrote books about their lives which presented wildly different perspectives of their childhoods. Gypsy's more humorous book was used as the very loose basis for the musical 'Gypsy, A Musical Fable' but the musical was taken as fact and the legend of Mama Rose, the stage mother from hell began.




    The book is extremely focused and well researched. Quinn is definitely a fan of Rose's.  The book gives a detailed look at Rose, starting with her European grandparents' arrival in the Midwest and Rose's childhood in North Dakota to Rose's first teenage pregnancy (a 12 pound Gypsy!) and eventual taking of her two daughters on the road.  Rose's antics often go to the extreme and it's easy to see how she became the standard for all stage mothers to come to be measured by.  Rose was volatile, manipulative, scheming and overwhelming at various times.  She was banned from several venues where her daughter Gypsy was working. Rose was even accused of murder several times. In her later years she became a lesbian and never really had any strong male relationships. Most of her relationships, particularly with her daughters, were dysfunctional.  She was always restless, working her next plan or scheme.




    The book gives not only an in depth look at an intriguing woman and her attempts to make her children into stars but it also provides a fascinating look inside the days of vaudeville and burlesque.  It is definitely a good read about an unusual woman and the times she lived in.




    I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2013

    Fascinating look at the legendary mother of June and Gypsy.  

    Fascinating look at the legendary mother of June and Gypsy.  

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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