The Lady Chablis was little known except within the drag pageantry circuit of the rural south during the early 1980s, but that changed when she captured America’s attention with the release of John Berendt’s bestselling book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. The book, which is set in Savannah, Georgia, is based on the murder of a gay hustler named Danny Hansford. The Lady Chablis and her hilarious hi-jinks provide a captivating counterbalance to the story’s darker central narrative. So captivating in fact, that Clint Eastwood would later cast Chablis to play herself when he directed the film version of the book in 1997. She would also write a popular autobiographical book entitled Hiding My Candy. The Lady Chablis continues to perform at special events and select venues across the country but it’s her monthly shows at Club One that have made her into a living tourist attraction for the city of Savannah.
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