Yesterday in NYC was the second memorial for Warhol Superstar and actress Holly Woodlawn (above pic by Jack Mitchell). The icon passed away on December 6, 2015 at the age of 69, and was remembered at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles on March 6 with a special marker. She will also always be immortalized as “he who was a she” in Lou Reed’s hit song Walk On The Wild Side.
Performance artist and Woodlawn’s good friend Penny Arcade hosted and spoke at the event at La MaMa Theatre (the venue where Woodlawn often performed) in the East Village, attended by many of Holly’s friends and fans including Jackie Rudin, model Lauren Foster, fashion/gay magazine illustrator Robert W. Richards, Michael Musto, Kate Bornstein (I Am Cait), filmmaker Steve Zehentner, Dandy of New York Patrick McDonald, Robert Coddington, PR maven Chip Duckett, author Michael Gross, Michael “Formika” Jones, Connie Fleming (Connie Girl), Warhol Superstar Paul “Marie” Ambrose, Jimmy Webb, John Vacarro, Ruby Lynn Reyner, Agosto Machado, Jeremiah Newton (Beautiful Darling) and photogs Henny Garfunkel and Dustin Pittman.
Also, a very special thank you to Jackie Rudin for capturing the moment/event with your beautiful photos!
The movie clips they showed of Holly were amazing! They showed Broken Goddess, Women In Revolt and Trash. Holly was kind. She never hurt anybody. Her performances at Reno Sweeney, Snafu… She was really talented…an original! Los Angeles was where she lived, but it was New York that made her a star!
“She was audacious, larger than life, the star of stage, screen and street… and she made no distinction between the three. Holly was an original in a world of Xeroxes. It will take a long time to absorb the truth of what Holly Woodlawn’s true impact was on the culture at large or even on myself. Holly’s impact went far beyond glitter, beyond drag, queerness, transgenderness, sex, glamour, outrageousness. Those elements were the delivery system, but the impact was pure humanity… the power of a single unique spirit to break the sound barrier of invisibility, without changing an iota of their louche, decadent, irreverent, criminal, outsider nature.
(Photos, Jackie Rudin)