FOF #2865 – A Look at Drag Queens in Movies & the Life of Little Richard

May 11, 2020 · 2063 views

Miss Understood at Wigstock in 2018 next to (from left to right) Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Coco Peru in Trick, Julie Andrews in Victor/Victoria, Little Richard and the cast of Too Wong Foo. Photo of Miss Understood courtesy of Alex Heimberg.

Since the beginning of Hollywood, crossdressers have had their place in film as either a comedic foil or as a threatening monster.

In mainstream movies like Mrs.Doubtfire and Tootsie, the straight men dress up in drag to win hearts or get a fabulous job but rarely do they show the boys dressing as girls just for the fun of it.

Today, Miss Understood, one of the drag queens from the film Too Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar, joins us to look at ways drag queens are portrayed in Hollywood films, what they got right and what they got wrong.

Listen as we take a closer look at movies with drag queens: Too Wong Foo, Trick, Prisciilla Queen of the Desert, and the films of directors like Tyler Perry and John Waters.

Plus

A look at the life of Little Richard, the “King and Queen” of rock and roll. He died this past week from bone cancer, he was 87.

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