Just two shorts months ago I posted about the dear Holly Woodlawn, who was in failing health. Well her bright light went out yesterday. Holly Woodlawn, who was a transgender actress rose to fame in the early 1970s through her work with Andy Warhol and Paul Morrissey, died on Sunday in Los Angeles after a long battle with cancer. She was 69. Born Haroldo Danhakl in Puerto Rico, Woodlawn grew up in Miami before running away from home at 15 to hitchhike to New York City. Her story famously inspired the first verse of Lou Reed's 1972 "Walk on the Wild Side" After spending years in poverty in New York, Woodlawn met Andy Warhol, the man who would make her one of his "superstars," in 1968. By 1970, she starred in Paul Morrissey's Warhol-supported Trash, giving a performance thrilling enough to inspire George Cukor to launch a write-in Oscar campaign on her behalf, though neither an award nor a nomination materialized. But what another great pioneer for the transgendered.
“The boys at the baths loved me. Of course, they were all drunk and high and would've loved a French poodle barking out "Jingle Bells"!”
"I was like a low life in high heels."
“I would see these films starring Maria Felix, Lola Flores she was my very favorite. My uncle was the one that opened my eyes to glamour.”
“ Make a statement.....lots of chiffon and a fan,”
October 26, 1946 – December 6, 2015