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Overview (4)

Born in San Diego, California, USA
Birth NameRuPaul Andre Charles
Nicknames Glamazon
Supermodel of the World
The World's Most Famous Drag Queen
Height 6' 4" (1.93 m)

Mini Bio (2)

RuPaul grew up in San Diego, learning fashion tips from his mother and three sisters. After some time living in Atlanta doing odd jobs such as a used-car salesman, RuPaul moved to New York by the early '90s. He had begun performing in local Manhattan clubs and became a popular attraction through his various flamboyant acts on stage. After battling drug addiction and living in poverty Rupaul was given a record contract by the famous duo Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey, with the hip-hop label Tommy Boy Records. His debut album, "Supermodel of the World", was released in 1993, but it failed on the Billboard Charts until the following year, when the success of the single "Supermodel (You Better Work)" a tribute to the divas of the fashion world placed in the top 30 on the Pop Charts. The music video for "Supermodel" was nominated for Best Dance Video at the 1994 MTV video music awards. In 1992 he met Mathu his make-up artist and Zaldy his costume designer, the two studied every inch of his body and went on to create some of Rupaul's most famous costumes and build what he calls the "Glamazon Look". The success of "Supermodel" had Rupaul performing at a Gay rights rally in Washington D.C., on the same spot Martin Luther King delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech.

In 1994, RuPaul recorded a duet with Elton John, "Don't Go Breaking My Heart," which charted on the American charts but proved more successful in Europe, where the two co-hosted England's Brit Awards and RuPaul taped a popular Christmas special. In 1995 Rupaul launched his autobiography entitled "Lettin It All Hang Out" which has since been out of print and has sold 450,739 copies on Amazon.com alone. He also appeared in two films, The Brady Bunch Movie (1995), and Spike Lee's Crooklyn (1995). The media exposure gained Rupaul his own show for VH1. The RuPaul Show which mixed a talk show and a variety show, featured Rupaul performing all kinds of stunts from doing comedic sketches, program specials such as The Rupaul Porn Star Show and the Disco salute and sometimes ends with Rupaul collaborating in a duet with guest stars. The show sadly ended in 1998 after three seasons when ratings began to falter. That same year he became a spokesperson for M.A.C. Cosmetics, billing him as "The First Face of M.A.C." Over the course of six years, he launched store openings in ten countries and helped raise over $22 million for the M.A.C AIDS fund.

A Christmas album titled "Ho, Ho, Ho," was released in 1997. After moving to Rhino Records for his third album Foxy Lady, RuPaul made some noise in the clubs once again with the supermodel sister single "Snapshot" and the moving self-inspired "A Little Bit Of Love". At the same time Rupaul was also doing films appearing in movies such as the all-star drag queen comedy To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar (1995), the made for TV movies A Mothers Prayer (1995) with Linda Hamilton and An Unexpected Life with Stockard Channing (1998), the lifetime TV drama The Truth About Jane (2000), But I'm a Cheerleader (1999), and the Inde film Who Is Cletis Tout? (2001) with Richard Dreyfuss, Tim Allen, and Christian Slater. In 1999 Rupaul received the Vito Russo Entertainer of The year at The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) media awards for challenging the limits and breaking boundaries in becoming an openly gay individual who has achieved excellence in the field of Entertainment and furthering his visibility and understanding of the community through his work. In 2002 Rupaul was honored by The Most Beautiful Transsexuals In The World Association, commending him for his outreach support on the Gay and Lesbian community with their Lifetime Achievement Award honoring his over 10 year conquest and establishing fashion and glamor in the entertainment industry.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Marion Malena

RuPaul Andre Charles is an American actor, model, singer, songwriter, television personality, and author. Since 2009, he has produced and hosted the reality competition series RuPaul's Drag Race, for which he received two Primetime Emmy Awards in 2016 and 2017. RuPaul is the most commercially successful drag queen of all time. In 2017, he was included in the annual Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world.

RuPaul was born and raised in San Diego and later moved to Atlanta to study performing arts. He settled in New York City where he became a popular fixture on the nightclub scene. RuPaul achieved international fame with the release of the single, "Supermodel (You Better Work)", which was included on his debut album Supermodel of the World (1993).

In 1995, he became a the first spokesperson for MAC Cosmetics, raising millions of dollars for the Mac AIDS Fund and becoming the first man to land a major cosmetics campaign.

In 1996, RuPaul landed a TV talk show on VH1. The RuPaul Show, taped over 100 episodes with co-host, Michelle Visage. while simultaneously co-hosting a morning drive radio show on WKTU, also with Michelle Visage.

As a recording artist, RuPaul has co-written and co-produced 14 studio albums to date, including Foxy Lady (1996), Champion (2009), Glamazon (2011), Born Naked (2014), and American (2017).

As an actor, RuPaul has appeared in over 50 films and television shows both in and out of drag including Crooklyn (1994), The Brady Bunch Movie (1995), To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar (1995), But I'm a Cheerleader (1999), Hurricane Bianca (2016), the Comedy Central series Broad City (2017), and the Netflix original series Girlboss (2017).

As an author, RuPaul has published two books: Lettin' It All Hang Out (1995) and Workin' It! RuPaul's Guide to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Style (2010).

Additionally, RuPaul's Drag Race has produced ten seasons to date and has inspired several spin-off series, including RuPaul's Drag U and RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars. He is also featured as a host on the series, Skin Wars: Fresh Paint, Good Work, and Gay for Play Game Show Starring RuPaul.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: J. Hawkes

Spouse (1)

Georges LeBar (January 2017 - present)

Trivia (18)

Is a drag queen.
Hosted his own talk show/comedy sketch show on VH1 (1996).
Producer and host of "RuPaul's Drag Race" on LogoTV (2009).
On the week of RuPaul's 40th birthday, a replica statue of him was unveiled at Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum in New York City (2000).
He was the surprise guest at the VH1 Divas 2000: A Tribute to Diana Ross in an all star lineup that included Donna Summer, Faith Hill, Destiny's Child and Mariah Carey, performing Ross's hit song "I'm Coming Out".
Made a media comeback in 1996 after the tabloids dubbed him "The Wicked Witch of MTV" following his Milton Berle issue. He appeared in an exuberantly done gown by fashion designer Bob Mackie at the 1996 VH1 Fashion Awards.
Ended what was a prosperous affiliation with MTV in 1993, shortly after the success of his debut album, which was supported heavily by the network at the time. This was in large part on account of the infamous incident at that year's Video Music Awards, in which he was paired with Milton Berle to present an award. The two got along very poorly, spending most of the time on-camera exchanging vicious insults and going off-script than actually presenting the award. RuPaul also claimed Berle was acting very rudely and sexually inappropriate towards him backstage, even claiming Berle touched his fake breasts at one point.
Scored four #1 singles from his debut album on the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play charts, with "Supermodel (You Better Work)", "A Shade Shadey (Now Prance)", "Back to My Roots" and "House of Love".
His #1 dance single "Supermodel (You Better Work)" was covered by 1980s dance-pop singer Taylor Dayne for The Lizzie McGuire Movie (2003) soundtrack, though some lyrics were changed to tailor the film's younger audience.
Has been considered to be the most successful drag queen of the United States. Has been credited with wider exposure for drag queens from LGBT culture into mainstream society, thanks to his early-career chart success.
Ranked #85 on Entertainment Television's "101 Reasons The 90's Ruled".
Was voted "Queen of Manhattan 1990" by nightclub owners, promoters and disc jockeys at the annual event.
Has appeared in four films with actress Stockard Channing: Smoke (1995), To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (1995), An Unexpected Life (1998) and The Truth About Jane (2000).
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6652 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on March 16, 2018.
He appeared in the music video "Love Shack" by the new wave group The B-52's (1989).
He recorded "You're No Lady", a dance-pop song with actress Brigitte Nielsen as Gitte (2002).
One of his favorite movies is the cult classic Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (1988).
Friends with Jane Lynch.

Personal Quotes (8)

If you don't love yourself, how the hell you gonna love somebody else?
I do not impersonate females! How many women do you know who wear seven inch heels, four foot wigs, and skintight dresses?
[on his mother Ernestine Charles] As the two of us sat watching television, Kurt Loder popped up on the tube, teasing an MTV News story with footage of me frolicking around a shopping mall in Jersey City. He said "Coming up next, she's er ah he's 6' 4" and supermodel of the world. Me and Mama both looked at each other, and in that moment we simultaneously realized that her prediction, made 32 years prior, had finally come true. I was a star. That was the last time I saw Mama.
I was having breakfast in the Presidential Suite of the Century Plaza Hotel courtesy of the "John & Leeza Show" when the phone rang and it was my manager. He told me that Elton John wanted to include me on his upcoming "Duets" album and was I interested? I said, "Hold on one minute." The size of the suite gave me the opportunity to flail my arms around while running back and forth screaming "Oh my God, Elton John! Oh my God, Elton John!" I must have screamed for a good five minutes before I got back on the line and answered nonchalantly, Sure.
Doing what I do for a living has never been easy. I've had to fight countless battles in this game that the public has no idea ever happened. But, I just pick myself up and carry on, I Carry On.
I've dedicated my career to fighting the mundane. My hope is that my career will be a shining example to children everywhere that life is more meaningful when you are not afraid to see all colors of the rainbow.
Remember, this country was founded by a bunch of men wearing wigs.
[on his reality show "Drag Race"] We're looking for showgirls, not some Tom, Dick or Harry who happens to have a pussycat wig and a pair of cha-cha heels. But hopefully we are inspiring a new crop of queens. The truth is we're all in drag. We're all playing dress-up. Even if you work on Wall Street or at McDonald's, you're putting on a persona.

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