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

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Chamberlain Bros., 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 241 pages
In the heyday of Andy Warhol's legendary hub of art, subculture, and insanity known as the Factory, one performer made his mark like no other: Jackie Curtis. A wildly creative, avant-garde performer, poet, playwright, and longtime friend and collaborator of Warhol's, Curtis was well known as a cross-dressing phenom whose personal life went even further and was even wilder than anything onstage and onscreen. In this loving, dazzling, and, above all else, shocking memorial to Curtis-who died tragically of a drug overdose in 1985-filmmaker Craig Highberger delivers a fascinating oral biography of the drag queen, including interviews with such counterculture luminaries as Holly Woodlawn, Joe Dallesandro, Paul Morrissey, and Michael Musto.
Producer/director Highberger's award-winning documentary film "Superstar in a Housedress," narrated by Lily Tomlin.

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Craig Highberger met Jackie Curtis in the fall of 1972 when he was a freshman at NYU film school. He was a close friend of the superstar for the next thirteen years and documented the work of Jackie Curtis on videotape and film.

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