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Haroldo

Pseudonym:
       Holly Woodlawn

Holly Woodlawn (1946) is a cross-dressing star, an actress and former so-called ‘Warhol superstar’ who appeared in Andy Warhol's movies ‘Trash’ (1970) and ‘Women in Revolt’ (1972) and plays by Jackie Curtis (another Warhol superstar). Lou Reed refers to Woodlawn in his song 'Walk on the Wild Side,' in the opening lyrics ‘Holly came from Miami F-L-A, Hitchhiked her way across the USA, Plucked her eyebrows on the way,
Shaved her legs and then he was a she ...’
       Born as a man in Puerto Rico: Haroldo Santiago Franceschi Rodriguez Danhakl moved to Miami as a child, and at 15 she ran away to New York. She adopted the name Holly from the heroine of 'Breakfast at Tiffany's', and in 1969 added the surname ‘Woodlawn’ 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, one of the largest cemeteries in New York City.
       Woodlawn created a stir when she was arrested in New York City after impersonating the wife of the French Ambassador to the United Nations. When arrested, she was taken to the Women's House of Detention before being transferred to a men's facility when her biological sex was discovered.
       By 1979, she surrendered to a faltering career, cut her hair and moved back to her parents' home in Miami, while working as a waitress. Woodlawn continued to make cameo appearances in plays and films throughout the 1980s and 1990s. And in the early 2000s she occasionally performed in cabaret shows. After Warhol's death, she was interviewed frequently on his life and influence. She currently resides in West Hollywood.


Sources:
‘Holly Woodlawn’, Wikipedia, retrieved 7 October 2014
‘Holly Woodlawn Interview’, YouTube, retrieved 7 October 2014

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