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Superstar in a Housedress (2004)

"Jackie Curtis is not a drag queen. Jackie is an artist. A pioneer without a frontier." -- Andy Warhol. Superstar in a Housedress examines the life and legend of Warhol transvestite ... See full summary »

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"Jackie Curtis is not a drag queen. Jackie is an artist. A pioneer without a frontier." -- Andy Warhol. Superstar in a Housedress examines the life and legend of Warhol transvestite superstar Jackie Curtis who was a poet, playwright, performer, and one of the great personalities of his time. Jackie both lived and performed sometimes as a man, sometimes as a woman - and died tragically of a drug overdose under bizarre circumstances when he was only 38. The film features on-camera interviews with actor Harvey Fierstein who played Jackie's mother in "Americka Cleopatra" when he was 18, Ellen Stewart, founder of LaMama Experimental Theater Club, John Vaccaro, founder of the Playhouse of the Ridiculous, Paul Morrissey, Director of the Andy Warhol films, and surviving superstars Holly Woodlawn and Joe Dallesandro, plus 24 other friends and colleagues of Jackie's. The film includes never-before-seen video and film clips of Jackie performing in stage plays including "Femme Fatale," "Glamour, ... Written by Craig Highberger

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He was a celebrated poet, a playwright, a Warhol Superstar. He lived and performed... sometimes as a man, sometimes as a woman.


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5 May 2004 (USA)  »

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Jackie Curtis, Superstar  »

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$4,760 (USA) (7 May 2004)

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$19,050 (USA) (21 May 2004)
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A Loving,fabulously bitchy portrait
19 June 2004 | by (Toronto) – See all my reviews

While it lacks the polish of the various HBO produced documentaries, Superstar in a Housedress, is a Loving, Fabulously Bitchy portrait of the Warhol factory legend Jackie Curits. Filled to brim with archival footage, and fabulous retellings of gone by New York era. If anything see this film to listen to the recountings of Holly Woodlawn, Alexis De Lago and Harvey Fierstein , these interview subjects throw stories around with sauciest, campiest glee. This is a rough around the edges, but completely satisfying and informative treasure of a film!! Fabulous!! Glorious!! Trashy !! Bitchy!!


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