Bawdy and the Beast

"Have you the faintest idea of the private life of a stripteaser?" After that query, Gypsy Rose Lee would continue "A Stripteaser's Education," a signature act, with remarks on her fictitious years at a real college, Sweet Briar, her thoughts of paintings by Van Gogh and Cezanne, her reading of Wilde, her letter from Shaw, and so on, through gradual déshabillé, declaring coyly only at act's end that she'd been thinking of sex.

Today she is best known via the 1959 musical