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Superstar in a Housedress (2004)
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95 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

"Jackie Curtis is not a drag queen. Jackie is an artist. A pioneer without a frontier." -- Andy Warhol. Superstar in a Housedress examines the life and legend of Warhol transvestite superstar Jackie Curtis who was a poet, playwright, ...See more"Jackie Curtis is not a drag queen. Jackie is an artist. A pioneer without a frontier." -- Andy Warhol. Superstar in a Housedress examines the life and legend of Warhol transvestite superstar Jackie Curtis who was a poet, playwright, performer, and one of the great personalities of his time. Jackie both lived and performed sometimes as a man, sometimes as a woman - and died tragically of a drug overdose under bizarre circumstances when he was only 38. The film features on-camera interviews with actor Harvey Fierstein who played Jackie's mother in "Americka Cleopatra" when he was 18, Ellen Stewart, founder of LaMama Experimental Theater Club, John Vaccaro, founder of the Playhouse of the Ridiculous, Paul Morrissey, Director of the Andy Warhol films, and surviving superstars Holly Woodlawn and Joe Dallesandro, plus 24 other friends and colleagues of Jackie's. The film includes never-before-seen video and film clips of Jackie performing in stage plays including "Femme Fatale," "Glamour, Glory and Gold," and "Vain Victory: The Vicissitudes of the Damned." and cabarets. The music of jazz musician and composer Paul Serrato is featured, as is the photography of Jack Mitchell who took more photographs of Curtis and the Warhol crowd than any other professional. Interviews with media personalities, writers and editors put the work and life of Jackie Curtis in historical perspective. Narrated by Lily Tomlin. Written by Craig Highberger See less
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Director
Craig Highberger (directed by)
Producer
Craig Highberger (produced by)
Composer
Paul Serrato (music by)
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Editor
Craig Highberger (edited by)
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Release date
May 5, 2004 (United States)

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Peter Allen
Self - Singer-songwriter (archive footage) Self - Singer-songwriter (archive footage)   See fewer
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Paul Ambrose
Self - Actor, 'Vain Victory' / 'Juicy Lucy' (archive footage) Self - Actor, 'Vain Victory' / 'Juicy Lucy' (archive footage)   See fewer
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Michael André
Self - Poet, Literary Editor (as Michael Andre) Self - Poet, Literary Editor (as Michael Andre)   See fewer
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Penny Arcade
Self - Performance Artist Self - Performance Artist   See fewer
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Michael Arian
Self - Actor, Play-House of the Ridiculous, La Mama Self - Actor, Play-House of the Ridiculous, La Mama   See fewer
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Gretchen Berg
Self - Photojournalist Self - Photojournalist   See fewer
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David Bowie
Self (archive footage) Self (archive footage)   See fewer
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Styles Caldwell
Self - Actor, 'Vain Victory,' Devoted Friend Self - Actor, 'Vain Victory,' Devoted Friend   See fewer
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Wayne County
Self - Performer, 'Femme Fatale' (archive footage) Self - Performer, 'Femme Fatale' (archive footage)   See fewer
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Jackie Curtis
Self (archive footage) Self (archive footage)   See fewer
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Candy Darling
Self - Rehearsing 'Vain Victory' (archive footage) Self - Rehearsing 'Vain Victory' (archive footage)   See fewer
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Laura de Coppet
Self - Author, 'The Art Dealers' Self - Author, 'The Art Dealers'   See fewer
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Alexis Del Lago
Self - Artist & Star Self - Artist & Star   See fewer
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Eric Emerson
Self - Performer, 'Vain Victory' (archive footage) Self - Performer, 'Vain Victory' (archive footage)   See fewer
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Doug Fisher
Self - Performer, 'Vain Victory' (archive footage) (as Douglas Fisher & Paul Ambrose) Self - Performer, 'Vain Victory' (archive footage) (as Douglas Fisher & Paul Ambrose)   See fewer
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Joe Franklin
Self - Talk Show Host Self - Talk Show Host   See fewer
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Robert Heide
Self - Playwright, Author Self - Playwright, Author   See fewer
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Don Herron
Self - Photographer / Writer / Painter Self - Photographer / Writer / Painter   See fewer
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Timothy Holder
Self - Rector, Trinity Morrisania (as Rev. Timothy Holder) Self - Rector, Trinity Morrisania (as Rev. Timothy Holder)   See fewer
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Madeleine Le Roux
Self (archive footage) Self (archive footage)   See fewer
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Agosto Machado
Self - Performer, 'Vain Victory' (archive footage) Self - Performer, 'Vain Victory' (archive footage)   See fewer
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Sasha McCaffrey
Self - Shared his apartment with Jackie, Holly & Candy Self - Shared his apartment with Jackie, Holly & Candy   See fewer
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Jack Mitchell
Self - Photographer Self - Photographer   See fewer
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Michael Musto
Self - Entertainment Journalist Self - Entertainment Journalist   See fewer
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Joey Preston
Self - Jackie's Cousin (as Joey Preston, Joe Preston) Self - Jackie's Cousin (as Joey Preston, Joe Preston)   See fewer
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Paul Serrato
Self - Musician / Composer, 'Vain Victory' Self - Musician / Composer, 'Vain Victory'   See fewer
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Patti Smith
Self - Performer, 'Femme Fatale' (archive footage) Self - Performer, 'Femme Fatale' (archive footage)   See fewer
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Ellen Stewart
Self - Founder, La Mama Experimental Theatre Club Self - Founder, La Mama Experimental Theatre Club   See fewer
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David Susskind
Self - Talk Show Host (archive footage) Self - Talk Show Host (archive footage)   See fewer
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Lily Tomlin
Self - Narrator / Tony Award-Winning Comedienne Self - Narrator / Tony Award-Winning Comedienne   See fewer
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John Vaccaro
Self - Founder, Play-House of the Ridiculous Self - Founder, Play-House of the Ridiculous   See fewer
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7.6 / 10 | 164 votes