Superstar in a Housedress: The Life and Legend of Jackie Curtis (2004)

Genres - Culture & Society  |   Sub-Genres - Biography, Gender Issues  |   Run Time - 95 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Directed by Craig B. Highberger and narrated by Lily Tomlin, Superstar in a Housedress offers a unique retrospective of the late avant-garde actor and female impersonator Jackie Curtis, who was discovered in the 1960s by experimental filmmaker Andy Warhol. In addition to rare clips of Curtis in various underground stage productions, the documentary is supplemented by a surprising amount of never-before-seen archival footage, scenes from Women in Revolt and Flesh, and candid stories about Curtis from those who knew her best in her heyday. Among the interviewees are Joe Dallesandro, Paul Morrissey, Holly Woodlawn, and Penny Arcade.

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bohemian, counter-culture, drag [cross-dressing], drag-queen, drug-addiction, female-impersonator, heroin, independent-filmmaking, performer, sexual-identity, theater