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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Remembering Holly Woodlawn 1946 - 2015

Transgender actress Holly Woodlawn, who died Sunday at age 69, was a Warhol superstar who appeared in two Andy Warhol-produced films - Trash (1970) and Women in Revolt (1971). Her other credits include Is There Sex After Death? (1971), Night Owl (1993), Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss (1998), Twin Falls Idaho (1999), and two 2014 episodes of the Amazon series, Transparent.

She was hired by the producers of the 1982 film, Tootsie, to coach actor Dustin Hoffman in his drag role. And musician Lou Reed wrote a verse about her in his 1972 song, "Walk on the Wild Side".

Below I've selected some videos to celebrate Holly Woodlawn's life and career.

Trash (1970) with Joe Dallesandro

An interview from the early 1970s

In 1977, she was interviewed on The Emerald City, a community access cable television series, while performing at the NYC nightclub, Reno Sweeney's.

In July 1979, she appeared on the NBC talk show, Tomorrow, with host Tom Snyder and his guests Divine and theatre director/writer Ron Link.

In 1986, she starred in the musicals, When You Wish Upon a Star and The Sound of Muzak, by future Tony Award-winning composer Scott Wittman (Hairspray) at the NYC club, The Limelight.

She promoted her 1991 autobiography, The Holly Woodlawn Story: A Low Life in High Heels, on The Joan Rivers Show.

In 1996, she appeared on the TV series, Hollywood Blvd.

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