|Original LIFE caption: "Gypsy dictates a letter to her secretary, Brandy Bryant, who doubles up by doing a strip bit in the show."|
|Gypsy to the right, dressing another performer.|
|Again dressing another performer.|
|Writing in her dressing room.|
|Coaching another performer.|
|Gypsy in the center.|
|Handsome audience. Dreaming...|
|Original LIFE caption: "In a reverse strip tease act, Gypsy introduces near-nudes like Florence Bailey, and dresses them on the stage."|
|Original LIFE caption: "Gypsy's friends in carnival include a sword swallower, a fire-eater and this cheerful bearded lady, Percilla Bejano, whose husband is the Alligator Man."|
|Original LIFE caption: "Gypsy's husband Julio...paints the entrance while Gypsy and son watch. His attraction (in the carnival) is called Dream Show."|
|Riding the Little Dipper with husband and son.|
|Gypsy, Julio, Erik, and cotton candy.|
|Gypsy, Julio and Erik.|
|Original LIFE caption: "Between shows Gypsy and family manage to sneak off for sundown fishing on WolfRiver where Gypsy caught a catfish."|
In the notes of writer Arthur Shay, who spent a week with the star in Memphis, Tennessee, during the same month these pictures were taken, you find a quote from Gypsy saying: "Funny thing about show people - or just plain fans. They think is you're not in Hollywood or on Broadway making a couple of thousands a week - taking guff from everybody and his cousin in the west, and sweating out poor crowds on Broadway - you're not doing well. On the contrary, I've been touring the country playing nightclubs and making twice as much as I made in the movies, and having more fun! I get a lot more fishing done, for one thing, and I can live in my trailer and see the country."
All photos by George Skadding - Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images.