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If You're Obsessed With "The Act," Here's Everything You Need to Know About Gypsy Now


The world was shocked by the story of Dee Dee and Gypsy Rose Blancharde when it broke in 2016. Most came to learn of the mother with Munchausen’s by proxy and the daughter who killed her either through the BuzzFeed News investigative essay or the HBO documentary Mommy Dead and Dearest. Both pieces outlined how a community came to learn that Dee Dee was brutally murdered and her daughter missing, only to learn Gypsy had orchestrated it. 

With the premiere of the Hulu limited series The Act, starring Patricia Arquette as Dee Dee and Joey King as Gypsy, you may be wondering what's happened since the murder and trial. Here's everything you need to know. 

How old is Gypsy Rose now?

Gypsy was born July 27, 1991, making her 27 years old with the premiere of The Act. She was 23 at the time of the murder. Until recently, Gypsy and the public had plenty of reason to be unsure of her age because her mother had aged her down several years. In fact, Gypsy’s dad recalls Dee Dee telling him on their daughter’s 18th birthday not to mention her age because "she thinks she’s 14."

Since she was malnourished and overmedicated for much of her life, Gypsy’s small frame helped Dee Dee maintain this deception. She also was able to use their displacement after Hurricane Katrina as a cover when Gypsy discovered a birth certificate with her true birthdate on it and tried to emancipate herself. Dee Dee also said the floods had destroyed Gypsy’s medical records, which would have revealed her muscle biopsy was negative for muscular dystrophy and that she suffered none of the other medical conditions Dee Dee purported.