Irish-Born UK Drag Pioneer Danny La Rue Dies


The Times reports:

"At the peak of his career in the 1970s Danny La Rue was possibly the best paid and almost certainly the most unlikely superstar in Britain. Almost 7ft tall in his stilettos and feathered headdress, the devout Irish Catholic with a reassuringly blokey delivery and spellbinding stage presence turned cross-dressing from a subversive cabaret turn into mainstream family entertainment. His death on Sunday night, after a short struggle with cancer, brings to an end an 81-year saga as densely packed with emotional climaxes, both uplifting and tragic, as any of the variety shows he headed."

A news report on his death and career and a couple of performances, AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted June 1, 2009 at 7:32pm ETC by Andy Towle
in Deaths, News