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Overview (3)

Born in Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico
Died in Los Angeles, California, USA  (Brain and liver cancer)
Birth NameHaraldo Santiago Franceschi Rodriguez Danhakl

Mini Bio (1)

Holly Woodlawn was born on October 26, 1946 in Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico as Haraldo Santiago Franceschi Rodriguez Danhakl. She was an actress, known for Scarecrow in a Garden of Cucumbers (1972), Trash (1970) and Alibi (2007). She died on December 6, 2015 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Trivia (9)

The legendary Lou Reed song "Take a Walk on the Wild Side" refers to Holly, indelibly imprinting her story in American pop culture. "Holly Came From Miami, F-L-A..." are the beginning lyrics forever describing Holly's arrival in New York City and ultimate imprint on the landscape of 1970s chique.
Made his/her nightclub debut in 1973 at New York's Reno Sweeney's on a double bill with Betty Jane Rhodes.
He was born Harold Danhakl in Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico. The product of a short-lived marriage between his mother, Aminta, and an American soldier of German descent stationed in Puerto Rico. Although his mother Aminta married Joseph Ajzenberg when Harold was only five years of age, he wasn't legally adopted as by his step-father until the age of fifteen, changing his last name to Ajzenberg.
She was hired by the producers of Tootsie (1982) to coach actor Dustin Hoffman in his role as 'Michael Dorsey/Dorothy Michaels' in the art of being a man acting as a woman in films.
Is the last surviving queen of Andy Warhol's famous drag queen sidekicks that included Candy Darling and Jackie Curtis.
Survived her hospital stay and is currently planning a film based on her autobiography, The Holly Woodlawn Story: A Low Life in High Heels. [2004]
She was admitted to intensive care after complications from an operation on her arm and shoulder which she broke during a fall. The New York Post incorrectly reported that she was in a coma. [January 2004]
She was interviewed extensively in Craig Highberger's documentary on Jackie Curtis, Superstar in a Housedress. [2004]
Holly's story was immortalized in the first lines of the Lou Reed song "Walk on the Wild Side." The song began: "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' ". Taking the name Holly Woodlawn after running away from home at age 15 and hitchhiking to New York City, where Holly became one of Andy Warhol's drag queen "superstars". Holly's former caretaker and friend Mariela Huerta reported her death (at age 69) in Los Angeles after a battle with cancer.

Personal Quotes (2)

If I'm wearing pants, call me a man. If I'm wearing a dress, call me a cab!
My uncle was the one that opened my eyes to glamor. I used to watch the Connie Francis movie Where the Boys Are (1960).

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