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Transgender Warhol Muse Holly Woodlawn Passes Away

Holly was a war horse of the Warhol era, a rare survivor from a group whose most incandescent talents burned hard and burned out fast.

Holly Woodlawn
Andy Warhol transvestite Superstar Holly Woodlawn, acclaimed for her performance in ‘Trash’, photographed in 1970. (Photo by Jack Mitchell/Getty Images)

Holly Woodlawn, transgender actress, icon and inspiration died Sunday in Los Angeles from cancer. She was 69.

Holly Woodland was the star of numerous films but most remembered for her turn in such Andy Warhol films as Trash (1970) and Women in Revolt (1972). Most recently, she had appeared in two episodes of “Transparent” as Vivian. She was also memorialized in song by Lou Reed in the opening lines of his hit “Walk On The Wild Side”. Those lines tell of how Holly became Holly hitchhiking to LA”

Holly came from Miami, F.L.A.
Hitch-hiked her way across the U.S.A.
Plucked her eyebrows on the way
Shaved her legs and then he was a she
She says, “Hey, babe,
Take a walk on the wild side.”
Said, “Hey, honey,
Take a walk on the wild side.”

Woodlawn was born as Haroldo Santiago Franceschi Rodriguez Danhakl in Juana Díaz, Puerto Rico, to an American soldier of German descent, and Aminta Rodriguez, a native Puerto Rican, and grew up in Miami Beach, where she came out at a young age.[4] She adopted the name Holly from the heroine of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and in 1969 added the surname from a sign she saw on an episode of I Love Lucy. After changing her name she began to tell people she was the heiress to Woodlawn Cemetery.

Below is a video from one of Holly’s friend that they made when she first took ill earlier this year. The video is an excerpt from “Cabaret in the Sky: An Evening with Holly Woodlawn and Jackie Curtis” which was recorded on May 31, 1974 at the New York Cultural Center. with added montage of beautiful Jack Mitchell photographs of Holly as the description posted with the video mentions.

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