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1869 – 1920 Vesta Tilley

2021-11-28T04:10:30+00:00

Years active
1869 – 1920

Stage Name(s)
Vesta Tilley

Category
Male Impersonator

Country of Origin
United Kingdom

Birth – Death
1864 – 1952

Bio

Vesta Tilley, indisputably the most famous male impersonator of all time, was one of the highest paid performers in the British Music Halls during the Victorian and Edwardian eras. She accomplished six […]

1869 – 1920 Vesta Tilley2021-11-28T04:10:30+00:00

ZINES

2021-07-16T20:29:30+00:00

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ZINES2021-07-16T20:29:30+00:00

1943-1989 MISORA Hibari

2021-05-20T00:24:21+00:00

Years active
1943-1989

Stage Name(s)
MISORA Hibari

Category
Male Impersonator

Country of Origin
Japan

Birth – Death
1937-1989

Bio

MISORA Hibari (美空ひばり) was a singer and actress who symbolized the post-war era of Japan. During her career spanning over 40 years, she recorded 1500 songs including 517 original songs. Her first performance acting as a boy […]

1943-1989 MISORA Hibari2021-05-20T00:24:21+00:00

1996 – Present • Ken Vegas

2021-06-29T20:35:10+00:00

Years active
1996-Present

Stage Name(s)
Ken Vegas

Category
Drag King

Country of Origin
USA

Birth – Death
1973 –

Bio

Ken Vegas has been blending gender on stages from D.C.’s own Chaos nightclub to venues across North America, UK, and Sweden. As the organizing forces behind the D.C. Kings, he helped shape Washington into one of […]

1996 – Present • Ken Vegas2021-06-29T20:35:10+00:00

1995 – Present • Mo B. Dick

2021-06-29T20:36:12+00:00

Years active
1995 – Present

Stage Name(s)
Mo B. Dick

Category
Drag King

Country of Origin
USA

Birth – Death
1965 –

Bio

Legendary Drag King Mo B. Dick is cited as one of the founding fathers of the modern day Drag King movement. Starting in November 1995 in New York City, Mo B. Dick pioneered […]

1995 – Present • Mo B. Dick2021-06-29T20:36:12+00:00

1995 – Present • Fudgie Frottage

2021-07-07T02:27:39+00:00

Years active
1995 – Present

Stage Name(s)
Fudgie Frottage, Lu Read, Byrd Turgler, Rusty Scrotum

Category
Drag King

Country of Origin
USA

Birth – Death
1955 –

Bio

If Howard Stern is the self-proclaimed King of All Media, then there is no dispute, Fudgie Frottage, best known as the creator, producer, promoter, and performer for the […]

1995 – Present • Fudgie Frottage2021-07-07T02:27:39+00:00

1995 – Present • Flare

2021-06-29T20:36:48+00:00

Years active
1995 – Present

Stage Name(s)
Flare, Flarington King, Drag King Flare

Category
Drag King

Country of Origin
Canada

Birth – Death
1974 –

Bio

Drag King Flare is an international drag king performer, producer, and documentarian.  Flare’s first performance was November 25,1995 at a drag competition in the northern Canadian town of Thunder Bay.  […]

1995 – Present • Flare2021-06-29T20:36:48+00:00

1995 – 2012 Dred

2021-06-26T02:24:06+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 Dred2021-06-26T02:24:06+00:00

1993 – Present • Sexy Galexy

2021-06-29T20:36:26+00:00

Years active
1993 – Present

Stage Name(s)
The Fishvestites 1993 – 1995
Jenda 1996 – 1998
Sexy Galexy 1998 – current

Category
Drag King

Country of Origin
Australia

Birth – Death
1972 –

Bio

The Original Glamourboi Sexy Galexy is Glitz, Glam, Masc and Fem, a Get Down Boogie man, all wrapped up in a disco-loving, muscle-flexing, more-of-a-woman-when-he’s-a-man, […]

1993 – Present • Sexy Galexy2021-06-29T20:36:26+00:00

1990 – Present • Bridge Markland

2021-06-29T21:47:22+00:00

Years active
1990 – Present

Stage Name(s)
Bridge Markland

Category
Drag King

Country of Origin
Germany

Birth – Death
1961 –

Bio

The Berlin performer Bridge Markland is a virtuoso of role play and transformation. An artist who crosses boundaries between dance, theatre, drag + gender performance, cabaret + puppet theatre. Since 1985 she has been […]

1990 – Present • Bridge Markland2021-06-29T21:47:22+00:00

1988 – Present • Elvis Herselvis

2021-06-29T20:37:39+00:00

Years active
1988 – Present

Stage Name(s)
Elvis Herselvis, Leigh Crow

Category
Male Impersonator, Drag King

Country of Origin
United States

Birth – Death
July 16, 1965 –

Bio

Leigh Crow is a gender-bending cabaret singer who gained notoriety as the world’s first female Elvis Impersonator, Elvis Herselvis. Her 30-year performance career includes Drag shows, independent […]

1988 – Present • Elvis Herselvis2021-06-29T20:37:39+00:00

Shelly Mars 1988 – Present

2021-10-26T01:57:09+00:00

Years active
1988 – Present

Stage Name(s)
Shelly Mars

Category
Drag King

Country of Origin
USA

Birth – Death
1960 – Present

Bio

Shelly Mars is a multimedia performance artist, actor, printmaker and drag king whose work explores sexuality and power using an expanding catalog of created personae. An originator of 1980s – ‘90s queer […]

Shelly Mars 1988 – Present2021-10-26T01:57:09+00:00

1984 – 1997 Johnny Science

2021-10-26T01:58:26+00:00

Years active
1984 – 1997

Stage Name(s)
Johnny Science, John Grant, Johnny Armstrong, Daniel Austen

Category
Drag King Make-Up Artist

Country of Origin
USA

Birth – Death
1955 – 2007

Bio

Johnny Science was a musician, make-up artist, and LGBT community leader thriving in New York City. He is credited as the person who fostered masculine […]

1984 – 1997 Johnny Science2021-10-26T01:58:26+00:00

1979 – 2017 Diane Torr

2021-06-29T03:41:57+00:00

Years active
1979 – 2017

Stage Name(s)
Diane Torr, Danny King, Jack Sprat, Hamish McAllister, Charles Beresford, Mr. EE

Category
Drag King, Male Impersonator

Country of Origin
United Kingdom

Birth – Death
1948 – 2017

Bio

Diane Torr was a Drag King pioneer, gender activist and performance art provocateur who blazed a trail in feminist theater […]

1979 – 2017 Diane Torr2021-06-29T03:41:57+00:00

1978-Present Crema

2021-06-29T01:29:33+00:00

Years active
1978 – Present

Stage Name(s)
Crema, the Phoenix

Category
Male Impersonator, Drag King

Country of Origin
Canada

Birth – Death
1955 – Present

Bio

Crema’s first drag performance was as a male impersonator at a a gay show bar called B.J.’s Club in Vancouver Canada in 1978. From an interview between Clare Smyth (Drag […]

1978-Present Crema2021-06-29T01:29:33+00:00

1934 – 1950s Blackie Dennis

2020-11-22T01:00:49+00:00

Years active
1935 – mid-1950s

Stage Name(s)
Blackie Dennis

Category
Male Impersonator

Country of Origin
USA

Birth – Death
1911 – 1988

Bio

Blackie Dennis was a male impersonator from the mid-1930’s to the mid-1950’s who performed in the notorious nightclubs of New York City’s beloved bohemian neighborhood, Greenwich Village. She wore tuxedos and sharp suits […]

1934 – 1950s Blackie Dennis2020-11-22T01:00:49+00:00

1913-1930 Pip Wainfor

2020-12-30T17:06:42+00:00

Years active
1913 – 1930

Stage Name(s)
Pip Wainfor, Phil Wainfor

Category
Male Impersonator

Country of Origin
United Kingdom

Birth – Death
1899 – 1964

Bio

From 1913 to 1930, Violet Wainfor used the stage name Pip or Phil Wainfor to perform as a male impersonator in small halls and pubs in the United Kingdom and […]

1913-1930 Pip Wainfor2020-12-30T17:06:42+00:00

1925 – 1950 Gladys Bentley

2020-09-22T16:56:57+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 Bentley2020-09-22T16:56:57+00:00

1914 – 1940 Bert Whitman

2021-07-16T20:44:35+00:00

Years active
ca. 1914 – ca. 1940

Stage Name(s)
Bert Whitman

Category
Male Impersonator

Country of Origin
USA

Birth – Death
ca. 1888 – 1964

Bio

Said to be “the best male impersonator of the race” and the “ebony Fred Astaire”, Bert Whitman was considered one of the best male impersonators of her day. Born around […]

1914 – 1940 Bert Whitman2021-07-16T20:44:35+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
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