Gypsy Rose Lee - did she actually appear on the show?

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Gypsy Rose Lee - did she actually appear on the show?

Post by twint9 » Sun Jul 23, 2017 1:24 pm

I came across something interesting today. On the Nov 25/66 call sheet for the Sandman episode, Gypsy Rose Lee is listed as the TV commentator who is interviewing Catwoman in her nightgown. BUT - on the Daily Production Report for the same day she is not listed, instead there is a lady named Portia Nelson. I looked her up and the photos seem to in fact show that it is her and not Gypsy Rose Lee that performed the role. Here is a screen grab from the episode and also an image of Portia Nelson from the web....do you agree?
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Post by clavierankh » Sun Jul 23, 2017 1:44 pm

I assumed it was Gypsy. She had a daily talk show on ABC at the time.It was the kind of cross promotion they did at the time with their Cameos.

Could it have been a last minute change. Someone at the network said use Gypsy instead of Portia?

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Post by twint9 » Sun Jul 23, 2017 1:55 pm

But I'm saying the switch went the other way, from Portia instead of Gypsy since Gypsy did not show up on the Daily Production Report, and the screen grab photo looks like Portia to me...

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Post by Jim Akin » Tue Jul 25, 2017 9:14 am

From the supplied photos, I definitely think it's Portia Nelson. For comparison purposes, here's a roughly contemporary shot of Gypsy Rose Lee:
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This is taken from a publicity still for the 1966 movie "The Trouble with Angels."

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Post by BatToys » Sun Jul 30, 2017 4:01 pm

Gypsy had a charismatic voice but I bet someone thought her stripper background was inappropriate for a children's tv show.

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Post by Dr. Shimel » Sun Jul 30, 2017 6:18 pm

BatToys wrote:
Sun Jul 30, 2017 4:01 pm
Gypsy had a charismatic voice but I bet someone thought her stripper background was inappropriate for a children's tv show.
She had complained during the early days of her TAPED talk show that there was a double standard, citing how Virginia Graham's "Girl Talk," had plenty of double entendres that the censors ignored.

One article noted, "Gypsy's chief beef is that she's being discriminated against because of her background." Supposedly, anything that was deemed too racy was either bleeped or drowned out by a drum beat or music.

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Post by epaddon » Sun Jul 30, 2017 8:48 pm

I have rewatched the scene and I have to say I agree completely, it's not Gypsy. I have to admit, for years I kept thinking it odd how frumped up she looked in contrast to how glamorous she still looked at the time and now I know better. Thanks to twint9 for piecing that together.

I seriously doubt Gypsy would have been blackballed from appearing. She had been a regular on the short-lived Phyllis Diller sitcom the previous season and also was a regular fixture of daytime TV by this point with her own talk show as well as being a frequent panelist on "Hollywood Squares". A more likely explanation would be she backed out at the last minute because of some other commitment (because keep in mind even a sequence as short as this would have taken up more than a few hours of her time).

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Post by Ben Bentley » Mon Jul 31, 2017 4:04 am

Great observations all round, especially Ivan! Gotta love those Dozier-files

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Post by stoneageman4 » Thu Feb 21, 2019 10:00 pm

I thought perhaps she placed "Police Woman Mooney" who was put in Catwoman's maze. Am I wrong? In the credit's it didn't say who police offer Mooney was.

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Post by dell » Sat Feb 23, 2019 5:44 am

Catarina/Policewoman Mooney is listed as an actress named Jeanie Moore on IMDB. Batman was her first credited role. Interestingly, she did not have another credited role for 20 years.
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Post by Mr.Freeze » Sun Feb 24, 2019 12:40 am

Walken : "I started performing when I was 5 years old. We weren't child actors - we were used as furniture. But all my education came from that world and it was all good. You learned to conquer nerves. You learned to think on your feet. If you messed up, there was no correcting it. You dealt with the embarrassment. It was a completely unique apprenticeship." As a teenager, he trained as a dancer at the Professional Children's School in New York, which he later described as "being in that movie where the guy gets stranded on a planet of women", and on graduating he was presented with his diploma by the famous stripper Gypsy Rose Lee"

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Post by Progress Pigment » Sun Mar 03, 2019 10:13 pm

Policewoman Mooney was an interesting character. Certainly by 2nd season standards. Too bad she wasn't used again.

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But yes, that's not Gypsy Rose Lee.

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