Candis Cayne

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Candis Cayne
Candis Cayne 2009.jpg
Candis Cayne at the sixth annual Style Awards in Beverly Hills, California (10 October 2009)
Born 1971 (age 42–43)
Maui, Hawaii[1]
Occupation Actress, performance artist
Years active 1995–present
Website
www.candiscayne.com

Candis Cayne is an American actress and performance artist.

Known in the New York City nightclub scene since the 1990s,[2] Cayne came to national attention in 2007 for portraying transgender mistress Carmelita on ABC's prime time drama Dirty Sexy Money.[3][4][5] The role makes Cayne the first transgender actress to play a recurring transgender character in prime time.[3][4][5] [6]

Early life[edit]

Cayne and her fraternal twin brother Dylan[7] were born in 1971 in Maui where their parents taught at a Waldorf school, and the family lived on campus.[8] She graduated from Maui's Baldwin High School in 1989[7] and then spent a year in Los Angeles, where she trained as a dancer.[2]

Career and transition[edit]

Cayne moved to New York in the early 1990s, making a name for herself as a choreographer and drag performer.[2] Unaware of what a transsexual was until she lived in New York, about three years after her arrival Cayne realized that the term described how she felt about herself.[2] Already performing as "Candis Cayne" at New York gay bar Boy Bar and as a featured performer at Tour in New York's Chelsea, the entertainer also participated in Wigstock, the annual drag festival in the East Village. In 1995 Cayne appeared in the related documentary film Wigstock: The Movie, the comedy-drama film Stonewall, and the Universal Studios comedy film To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar, for which she also did choreography. Cayne began transitioning in 1996.[citation needed] That same year she had a supporting role in the comedy-drama film Always Something Better (a.k.a. Never Look Back).[9] In 1997 Cayne co-starred in the music video for RuPaul's "A Little Bit of Love" with female impersonator Jazzmun. Cayne also starred as the title character in the 1998 independent film Mob Queen, and won the 2001 Miss Continental pageant.[10][11] In 2007 Cayne was cast as Annaka Manners in the 2007 RuPaul film Starrbooty.

From 2007 to 2008 Cayne played Carmelita Rainer, a trans woman having an affair with married New York Attorney General Patrick Darling (played by William Baldwin), on the ABC prime time drama Dirty Sexy Money.[3][4][5] She had a recurring role as the transgender character Alexis Stone in season six of Nip/Tuck.[12] Cayne has appeared as a judge and Dean of Dance on RuPaul's Drag U. As a dance teacher, she taught contestants original choreography to "No Scrubs" by TLC and Kelis's song "Milkshake (song)". In 2011, she guest-starred on the TV show Necessary Roughness as Geraldine.

Activism and personal life[edit]

Cayne has stated, "I'm not trying to be a spokeswoman for the transgender community; I just want to be looked at as a living, breathing, happy human being."[4] She calls the LGBT community "the last great minority" and supports the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.[4]

As of March 2009, Cayne lives in Los Angeles. She was engaged to a disc jockey named Marco McDermott.[4] However, they ended their seven year relationship in late March 2010. As of early 2012 she is dating Alex Grimmer, from Maryland.[13]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1995 Wigstock: The Movie Herself Credited as Brendan McDanniel
1995 Stonewall Diva
1995 To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar Candis Cayne Credited as Brendan McDanniel
1996 Always Something Better Billee
1998 Mob Queen Glorice Kalsheim
1999 Charlie! Short film
1999 In the Closet
2006 My Heart Belongs to Data Candis Short film
2007 Starrbooty Annaka Manners
2008 Libanesa Loira Libanesa Portuguese language
2011 Making The Boys Herself
2012 Meth Head Pinkie
2012 Groom's Cake Candis Short film

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007 CSI: NY Quentin Conrad Episode "The Lying Game"
2008 Sordid Lives: The Series' Therapist #19 Episode "An Audacious Affair"
2007-2008 Dirty Sexy Money Carmelita Rainer 11 episodes
2009 Nip/Tuck Alexis Stone 2 episodes
2010 Drop Dead Diva Allison Webb Episode "Queen of Mean"
2011 Necessary Roughness Geraldine Episode "Dream On"
2012 She's Living for This Herself Episode "The Candis Cayne Episode"
2013-present Elementary Ms Hudson "Snow Angels", "The Man With the Twisted Lip"

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Performer Notes
1997 "A Little Bit of Love" RuPaul Dancer
1999 "No Scrubs" TLC Dance teacher
2003 "Milkshake" Kelis Dance teacher

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eva Wiseman, Candis Payne: This California girl is the first transsexual to star in a prime-time soap, The Guardian, March 9, 2008. Retrieved February 1, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d Piepenburg, Eric (November 6, 2004). "Keep Your Eye on the Road (If You Can)". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ a b c Brownworth, Victoria A. (October 18, 2007). "October Surprises". Bay Area Reporter. Retrieved October 20, 2007. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "I Advocate ...". The Advocate (Issue #1024). March 2009. p. 80. 
  5. ^ a b c "Transsexual beauty makes TV history". Metro.co.uk. March 13, 2008. Retrieved February 20, 2009. 
  6. ^ "21 Transgender People Who Influenced American Culture". Time Magazine. 
  7. ^ a b "Sultry Blond On ABC Show Is Hawaii Transgender". KITV.com. November 15, 2007. Retrieved January 15, 2009. 
  8. ^ Venus, Michael (2002). Michael Venus Profiles: Candis Cayne. YouTube
  9. ^ "Always Something Better (1996)". imdb.com. Retrieved June 17, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Miss Continental 2001". TheBatonShowLounge.com. Retrieved February 20, 2009. 
  11. ^ "Miss Continental Pageant Throughout the Years". Vickirene.net. Retrieved February 20, 2009. 
  12. ^ Alexis Stone in Nip/Tuck, season six
  13. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_E25giw6oQ&playnext_from=TL&videos=QUdmJyDKRKM&feature=sub

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