Gloria Brame, Ph.D.

Danny LaRue: Comic Performer & Impersonator

Filed By Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | October 11, 2011 4:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment, Gay Icons and History
Tags: drag history, female impersonator, gay comics, LGBT history, transgender history

I ran a piece a couple of days ago on drag history, featuring photos of female impersonators from the 1880s to the 1950s. I believe LaRue worked in the 60s. Do any of you remember him or know if he's still working?


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He died in 2009 according to wikipedia.

I remember him having a big presence on British TV during the 1970s, and as a child, I did see him once on stage in a performance of the pantomime "Mother Goose". His Wikipedia article states that he died in May 2009, sadly. Danny was the definitive "Grand Dame" for my generation, and a personal favorite of mine.

He was Irish, moved to London as a child before World War 2, and became a huge TV and theater star in Britain in the 1960's and 70's. He worked into old age. He only officially came out later in life. He is drag royalty in Britain - the most famous drag queen of his time, or perhaps ever.

Rick Elliott | October 11, 2011 7:22 PM

a nose like Greta Garbo

I had the good fortune to see "Danny LaRue at the Palace" in London. I think it was in 1971. Great show!