Drag King History

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So far Drag King History has created 18 blog entries.

1995 – 2012 Dred

2020-05-13T02:53:40+00:00

Years active
1995 – 2012

Stage Name(s)
Dred

Category
Drag King

Country of Origin
USA

Birth – Death
1971 – 2019

Bio

Haitian-American Drag King Dred was one of the most prominent Drag Kings to emerge from the dynamic drag scene of New York City during the late 1990’s. Dred embodied the term “gender bender” long […]

1995 – 2012 Dred2020-05-13T02:53:40+00:00

1925 – 1950 Gladys Bentley

2020-03-19T00:06:14+00:00

Years active
1923 – 1952

Stage Name(s)
Gladys Bentley, Bobbie Minton, Fatso Bentley

Category
Male Impersonator

Country of Origin
USA

Birth – Death
1907 – 1960

Bio

Gladys Bentley was an inspiration to many as a prolific African-American, out and proud lesbian, and bawdy gender bending entertainer during the 1920’s Harlem Renaissance. She was a robust 250 pound woman with a deep, growly voice […]

1925 – 1950 Gladys Bentley2020-03-19T00:06:14+00:00

1909 – 1914 Aida Overton Walker

2020-02-25T05:15:53+00:00

Years active
1909 – 1914

Stage Name(s)
Aida Overton Walker

Category
Male Impersonator

Country of Origin
USA

Birth – Death
1880 – 1914

Bio

Aida Overton Walker was an immensely successful African-American actress, singer, dancer, choreographer, and male impersonator on the vaudeville circuit performing for black and white audiences which was rare for the time. In 1909, out of necessity, Aida became a male […]

1909 – 1914 Aida Overton Walker2020-02-25T05:15:53+00:00

1890 – 1906 Florence Hines

2020-02-25T17:08:33+00:00

Years active
1890 – 1906

Stage Name(s)
Florence Hines

Category
Male Impersonator

Country of Origin
USA

Birth – Death
unknown – 1924

Bio

Despite the dearth of personal biographical details, there is enough ample evidence to show that African American Florence Hines had a flourishing career as a male impersonator on the vaudeville stage beginning circa 1890 with Sam T. Jack’s production, The Creole […]

1890 – 1906 Florence Hines2020-02-25T17:08:33+00:00

1870-1908 Ella Wesner

2020-02-25T01:23:51+00:00

Years active
1870-1908

Stage Name(s)
Ella Wesner

Category
Male Impersonator

Country of Origin
USA

Birth – Death
1841 – 1917

Bio
Ella Wesner was from a family of ballet dancers and began her career in children’s ballet corps in Philadelphia (1).  Before she was thirty, and prior to her career as a male impersonator, she was […]

1870-1908 Ella Wesner2020-02-25T01:23:51+00:00

1864 – 1875 Eugenie Fiocre

2020-02-25T01:26:01+00:00

Years active
1864 – 1975

Stage Name(s)
Eugenie Fiocre

Category
En Travasti

Country of Origin
France

Birth – Death
1845 – 1908

Bio

Eugenie Fiocre was a principal ballet dancer in the Paris Opera. She was known for her beauty, grace and talent. She often took on male roles called en travesti due to the shortage […]

1864 – 1875 Eugenie Fiocre2020-02-25T01:26:01+00:00

1864 – 1904 Annie Hindle

2020-02-25T01:26:51+00:00

Years active
1864-1904

Stage Name(s)
Annie Hindle

Category
Male Impersonator

Country of Origin
United Kingdom

Birth – Death
1847- ca. 1904

Bio
Annie Hindle was the first male impersonator to appear on variety stages in the US.  She came to the US in 1868 arriving from England where she had gained performance experience at the English […]

1864 – 1904 Annie Hindle2020-02-25T01:26:51+00:00

1862-1901 Bessie Bonehill

2020-02-25T01:28:08+00:00

Years active
1862-1901

Stage Name(s)
Bessie Bonehill

Category
Male Impersonator

Country of Origin
United Kingdom

Birth – Death
1855 – 1902

Bio
Bessie Bonehill claimed to be the first male impersonator in the English music halls and ‘is one of the first male impersonators who ventured into America variety’ (1). In 1889 she was invited by […]

1862-1901 Bessie Bonehill2020-02-25T01:28:08+00:00

1825 – 1859 Mary Anne Keeley

2020-02-25T01:29:56+00:00

Years active
1825 – 1859

Stage Name(s)
Mary Anne Keeley

Category
Breeches role, Male Impersonator

Country of Origin
United Kingdom

Birth – Death
1805 – 1899

Bio

Mary Anne Keeley, well respected British actress, was best known for her portrayal of Jack Sheppard, London’s notorious short-lived thief and jail breaker who died in 1724 at the […]

1825 – 1859 Mary Anne Keeley2020-02-25T01:29:56+00:00