The Stripper (1963)

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The Stripper (1963) is a drama film about a struggling, aging actress-turned-stripper, played by Joanne Woodward, and the people she knows. It is based on the play A Loss of Roses by William Inge.

This was the feature film debut of director Franklin J. Schaffner, and co-starred Carol Lynley, Robert Webber, and Richard Beymer. Also appearing as Madame Olga was real-life stripper Gypsy Rose Lee. It was the first Schaffner film to feature a score by prolific composer Jerry Goldsmith, who would later work with Schaffner on such films as Planet of the Apes, Patton, Papillon, and The Boys from Brazil.

William Travilla was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Costume Design, Black-and-White. The film was first designed to be a vehicle for two Fox contract stars, Marilyn Monroe and Pat Boone, with Boone turning down the film on moral grounds.