Don’t whistle in the dressing room.

from the book jacket:

American Rose, by Karen Abbott, chronicles their story (Gypsy Rose Lee and her sister June Havoc and their mother Rose),  as well as the story of the four scrappy and savvy showbiz brothers from New York City who would pave the way for Gypsy Rose Lee’s brand of burlesque.  Modeling their shows after the glitzy, daring revues staged in the theaters of Paris, the Minsky brothers relied on grit, determination, and a few tricks that fell just outside the law–and they would shape, and ultimately transform, the landscape of American entertainment.

A snippet from the book:

She has her superstitions, developed during childhood and deepening as she ages.  Eat twelve grapes on the twelve strokes of midnight every New Year’s Eve.  Never lay your hat on your bed.  Don’t whistle in the dressing room.  No hint of the color green backstage.  And truth is malleable, something to be bent or stretched or made to disappear, but direct lies always find the path back to the one who tells them.


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