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As we are now moving onto Rupaul’s drag race 14, not forgetting UK drag race 3 and the Australian and Canadian versions, it has got me thinking about a couple of issues.
Firstly, with such a successful franchise this should keep Rupaul in tights for a couple of months but also about the forerunners to todays drag queens, the female impersonators and female illusionists of the past.
There are several of these entertainers from different countries. In the U.K. the most well known being Danny La Rue, who actual didn’t like the phrase drag and said about the women he portrayed as being his ladies. Also in the U.K. we had Stanley Baxter, Dick Emery and Hinge and Bracket.
I have seen from the USA such excellent female impersonators as Jim Bailey, Charles Pierce, Michael Andrews and Frank Marino. A particular favourite of mine was Grae Phillips, who had a remarkable female sounding singing voice and so dressed as a (very convincing) woman to get work. See YouTube if you haven’t seen Grae perform.
I am also aware of Alexandre Beaulieu (Ms. Mona Moore) from Canada and Georg Preuss from Germany. Both excellent performers.
This will not be an exclusive list so I wondered if any of you ladies had come across any other earlier examples of female impersonators in the media?
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