Ha ! That's very funny - Liza Minellia as Gypsy Rose Lee. Ever seen the stage play or the movie? Or the real Rose Louise? Gypsy has to be played by a pretty girl. Yes, they drab her up through the whole first act and half of the second act, but when the actress says, "MAma! I'm pretty! I'm a pretty girl, Mama!" it needs to inspire a tear, not a loud guffaw.
Liza couldn't do the part. Sorry, that's just a fact. Acting is the last place on earth where your prospective employer can say, "I'm sorry, I'm not hiring you for this part because you're too
In any other bidness than show, those remarks would be grounds for a major lawsuit. But bottom line, you have to LOOK the part to get it. (And it also helps to be able to act and sing, neither of which Liza can do, BTW. LIza is famous because her parents were famous and because her mother was uberfamous and ubertalented and left us far too soon. We give Liza the adoration that Judy deserved but that Liza doesn't. )
It would've been amazing and classic and thrilling to have Judy play Mama Rose. Wow. If only.
Ever seen Gypsy Rose Lee? A dog with dreadful buck teeth, who couldn't sing a note.
She could only have been considered "pretty" when seen from Row H in Minsky's Burlesque.