Candis Cayne at the sixth annual Style Awards in Beverly Hills, California (10 October 2009)
31 August 1971
|Occupation||Actress, performance artist|
Known in the New York City nightclub scene since the 1990s, Cayne came to national attention in 2007 for portraying transgender mistress Carmelita on ABC's prime time drama Dirty Sexy Money. The role makes Cayne the first transgender actress to play a recurring transgender character in primetime.
Cayne was born Brendan McDaniel, one of two male fraternal twins (the other was named Dylan) born in 1971 on Maui, Hawaii. Their parents taught at a Waldorf school, and the family lived on campus. She graduated from Maui's Baldwin High School in 1989 and then spent a year in Los Angeles, where she trained as a dancer.
Cayne then moved to New York in the early 1990s, making a name for herself as a choreographer and drag performer. 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. 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 Manhattan's East Village. In 1995 Cayne appeared in the related documentary film Wigstock: The Movie, the comedy-drama film Stonewall, and the Universal Studios comedy feature film To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar, for which she also did choreography.
In 1996, she had a supporting role in the comedy-drama film Always Something Better (a.k.a. Never Look Back). 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. 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. She had a recurring role as the transgender character Alexis Stone in season six of Nip/Tuck. 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". In 2011, she guest-starred on the TV show Necessary Roughness as Geraldine.
Activism and personal life
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." She calls the LGBT community "the last great minority" and supports the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.
|1995||Wigstock: The Movie||Herself||Credited as Brendan McDanniel|
|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||In the Closet|
|2006||My Heart Belongs to Data||Candis||Short film|
|2008||Libanesa Loira||Libanesa||Portuguese language|
|2011||Making The Boys||Herself|
|2012||Groom's Cake||Candis||Short film|
|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||3 episodes|
|2015||I Am Cait||Herself|
|1997||"A Little Bit of Love"||RuPaul||Dancer|
|1999||"No Scrubs"||TLC||Dance teacher|
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