James Gypsy Haake Star

We want JAMES GYPSY HAAKE to have a star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars.

James Gypsy Haake is 83 years old.  He began his entertainment career on Broadway as a dancer.  Broadway dancers back in his day were known as "Gypsies" hence his name Gypsy.

He also owned a Bar in NYC called "Gypsy's" which gave way to many cabaret singers.  Once Disco began to be extremely popular, the bar Gypsy's gave way to that mainstream, and James aka Gypsy retired to the west coast.

In 1980, Gypsy was cast as the star/emcee of the soon-to-be mega cabaret hit "La Cage Aux Folles" in Beverly Hills.  This was the very first of these typess of upscale cabaret shows with the name "La Cage Aux Folles" licensed after the French film of the same name.  This production featured amazing female impersonators and Gypsy was the leader of the pack with his one of a kind humor and "look."

This "La Cage Aux Folles" cabaret show eventually franchised itself to Atlantic City and Las Vegas, where Gypsy opened both locations.  Gypsy became a huge sensation amongst the Hollywood local media and casting agents.  He was soon was discovered by cabaret patron Mel Brooks.  Mel Brooks cast Gypsy in his first and biggest film to date "To Be Or Not To Be".  Gypsy went on to star in numerous other film and tv shows, including "Troop Beverly Hills," "Clifford," "The Morning After," and tv shows like "Married With Children" and "Dynasty."

After the cabaret closed in 1993, Gypsy went on to tour with the same production throughout the world with leading female impersonators.

Gypsy has retired numerous times since 1993.  Most recently, in 2009, he retired once again, when he was diagnosed with cancer. 

He is still working with a casino production that tours called Carnival Cabaret at 83 years of age.  He is still able to strut in stilettos and works a microphone like no other master of ceremonies in the world.  He is ONE OF A KIND.

Life and health has been amazing for Gypsy, s(he) continues to be active everyday and looks younger now than ever.  His cancer diagnosis is still active, but the cancer has gone on "hold."

This previous funding campaign has raised over $3,000.  Those funds were used to design and develop the future showroom for the show GYPSY will be featured in.  Since the introduction and campaign to secure a showroom location, we have arrived at OSCAR'S CAFE & BAR in downtown Palm Springs.  OSCAR'S host the show Carnival Cabaret with GYPSY as the headliner.  The show runs every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8pm.

Recently, GYPSY was inducted into the GUINESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS as the oldest working female impersonator in the world.

Since the opening of that limited run at Oscar's, a Palm Springs resident named Alfie Petit aka Arial Trampway has spearheaded the project to get GYPSY a star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars.  GYPSY has been nominated for a star AND has been APPROVED.

This is where  Alfie now needs your help in raising the final monies to get GYPSY his star!

The star ceremony is temporary scheduled for the month of June to kick off our summer show schedule at Carnival Cabaret.

OSCAR'S Show Tickets:  carnivalcabaret.ticketleap.com

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Dan Gore 
Los Angeles, CA