Transgender actress, who was made famous by Andy Warhol, Holly Woodlawn, has died at the age of 69. Brought to world attention for her 1970’s filmography that included Trash, Women in Revolt, and Scarecrow in a Garden of Cucumbers.
The actress passed away after a battle with cancer in her Los Angeles home with her care taker.
Woodlawn, born Harold Danhakl, began her career when she ran away from home at the age of 15 and arrived, via hitchhiking, in New York City where she became part of Warhol’s drag queen group. He also gave her her name.
”We were watching this episode of ‘I Love Lucy,’ ” she said, ”and behind her was this sign on the No. 4 train, ‘Woodlawn,’ and we said: ‘That’s it. Holly . . . Wood. Holly Woodlawn,” the New York Times reported in an in-depth interview in 2000.
Her story is most famously known from the first line of Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side” when the singer says: “Holly came from Miami, F.L.A. Hitchhiked her way across the U.S.A. Plucked her eyebrows on the way. Shaved her legs and then he was a she. She says, ‘Hey, babe, take a walk on the wild side.'” [CBS]