But she was also a dancer, actress, producer, author, and playwright whose 1957 memoir was made into the highly successful and popular stage musical and film Gypsy.
She also wrote a mystery novel called The G-String Murders and co-produced a musical revue called Star and Garter.
She was an actress and singer known for her stage presence.
Ironically, after her conversion she had a nervous breakdown and was institutionalized as insane for eight years.
She was engaged to Jim Carrey for four years.
Renee has appeared in photo sessions and covers of renowned magazines in her career.
For her notable work, she was honored with Academy, Independent Spirit, British Academy Film, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards.
She was part of a few television films as well A Taste for Killing, Shake, Rattle and Rock! But our fabulous Gypsy came first, and was even more audacious: risking arrests, imprisonment, fines and the outrage of hypocritical moralizers to share whatever she cared to shared with her fans.