What's My Line?

Season 18 Episode 29


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Mar 19, 1967 on CBS



  • Notes

    • GYPSY ROSE LEE IS RUDE TO BENNETT - Gypsy Rose Lee walks out as a guest panelist. She stands behind her chair and introduces Bennett with these words, which she said seriously, "And now, the man who was too short-sighted to publish any of my books, Bennett Cerf." Bennett came out with a smile, but he must have been embarrassed or furious or both. Gypsy may have immediately regretted her mistake, since she didn't look at Bennett for long. She turned her back toward him and lowered her head. Bennett, obviously insulted, did not say one word to Gypsy all evening during the games. To cap it off, he did not say one word to her during the goodbyes. He avoided her completely. That spoke volumes. As you can imagine, this was Gypsy Rose Lee's final appearance on "WML?" -- she cooked her own goose. By the way, this was ancient news she was complaining about, since her autobiography, "Gypsy, A Memoir" had been published by Harper & Brothers in 1957! Prior to that, her murder mystery, "The G-String Murders, The Story of a Burlesque Girl," had been published by Simon and Schuster in 1941. - Suzanne (2004)


      LONGSTANDING RESENTMENT: Gypsy Rose Lee disliked Bennett Cerf because he declined to publish her 1941 book, "The G-String Murders, The Story of a Burlesque Girl," which had been published by Simon and Schuster. However, she apparently had a second reason to hold a grudge against Bennett. In 1942, Bennett penned two "Trade Winds" columns in "The Saturday Review" (known as "The Saturday Review of Literature" until 1952) in which he wrote disparaging words about Gypsy Rose Lee, sarcastically calling her "the latest candidate for the post of town literary wit." The two articles can be read by clicking the link below. - Suzanne (2008)

      TWO 1942 TRADE WINDS COLUMNS - THE SATURDAY REVIEW: Click the link below to see a PDF file containing two "Trade Winds" columns written by Bennett Cerf. - Suzanne (2008)

      1942 Trade Winds Columns - Bennett Cerf and Gypsy Rose Lee

      File size: 1.7 MB / 1,755 KB - Suzanne (2008)


      GYPSY'S BOOK BECOMES A MOTION PICTURE: Gypsy Rose Lee's 1941 book, "The G-String Murders," was made into a 1943 movie titled "Lady of Burlesque" starring Barbara Stanwyck, Michael O'Shea, Iris Adrian and, in a supporting role, future 1950's TV kiddie show host Pinky Lee. In the middle of the film, there is a dancing sequence in which Miss Stanwyck performs a dance move which emanated from Russia and Eastern Europe, and which would be varied in the early 1980's as part of the "break-dancing" craze that was associated with rap and hip-hop music. It should be noted that none of the above individuals made any kind of appearances on "WML?" - W-B (2008)