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Drag Queen
    (July 26, 1927-May 31, 2009)
    Born in County Cork, Ireland
    Birth name was Daniel Patrick Carroll
    Owned his own nightclub in Hannover Square, London (1964-72)
    Appeared in West End shows and Christmas pantomimes
    Impersonations included Elizabeth Taylor, Marlene Dietrich, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Shirley Bassey, Carol Channing and Margaret Thatcher
    He preferred being called a 'comic in a frock' rather than a drag queen or female impersonator.
    He would wear 20-foot long trains of ostrich feathers.
    He yelled 'Piss off' at Princess Margaret when she knocked on his dressing room door. (He later explained, 'I thought she was Peter Sellers messing about.')
    He announced his engagement to an unnamed theater producer (1987) before deciding he 'could not face going through with it.'
    He titled his autobiography 'From Drags to Riches.'
    Noel Coward called him, 'The most professional, the most witty and the most utterly charming man in the business.'
    He was named Entertainer of the Decade by the Variety Club of Great Britain (1979).
    He was so popular in Australia that he was invited to represent Britain at the Expo '88 bicentennial.
    He received an OBE for his charity work (2002).

Credit: C. Fishel


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