Dorian Corey in Paris is Burning
|Born||Buffalo, New York|
Dorian Corey (circa 1937 – August 29, 1993) was an American drag queen and performer who was featured in Jennie Livingston's 1990 documentary about the ball culture of New York City, Paris Is Burning.
Beginning and Early Career
Corey grew up in Buffalo, New York. After studying at Parsons The New School for Design, she toured in the 1960s in the Pearl Box Revue, a cabaret drag act. Corey also ran and designed a clothing label called Corey Design. Corey was capable of wearing three gowns on the right and on top of the other, and a 30-by-40-foot feather cape. This was because once she’d shed the gowns and gotten down to her sequined body stocking, two attendants could raise the cape up on poles and produce a feathered tent that sheltered half the audience.
Corey died of AIDS-related complications at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in Manhattan. After Corey's death, the mummified body of Robert Worley (aka Robert Wells), was found in Corey's belongings with a gunshot wound to the head. investigators determined the body had been dead for about 15 years. When placing the deceased body in a special solution that helped to loosen the skin of the body, investigators in the case matched a fingerprint to a man with the name: Robert Wells. Wells had last been seen by his family in 1968 and he was known to have trouble with the law and his convictions included rape, burglary and assault. Although Wells body had been found in Corey's wardrobe in the fifth floor apartment, the murderer of Robert Wells is unknown.
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