Hedda Lettuce

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Hedda Lettuce
Hedda Lettuce in Provincetown in August 2006
Hedda Lettuce in Provincetown in August 2006
Steven Polito
Years active1991 – present

Hedda Lettuce is an American drag queen, comedian and singer who lives and works in New York City.[1][2] The New York actor Steven Polito debuted his character Hedda Lettuce in 1991 on the Manhattan Cable TV show The Brenda and Glennda Show. She is one of the few drag queens who actually sings live using her voice instead of lip syncing. Lettuce's appearances include MTV, Comedy Central, The People's Court and a cameo on Sex and the City as Samantha's ex-beau turned Bingo Drag impersonator. Lettuce's film appearances include To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar; Cruise Control; The Look; Red Lipstick, and Musical Chairs.

Early life[edit]

Hedda Lettuce was born (1976) Steven Polito in New York City and raised on Long Island.[3] Polito earned a bachelor's degree at the Fashion Institute of Technology. His first performance in drag was with a friend at Sheridan Square to raise money for Queer Nation. Polito later became an assistant to Lypsinka.[4]


Lettuce also was a model and client of Stephen "Suede" Baum during a challenge in the fifth season of Project Runway. While on the show, she had several disagreements with Suede, especially over his not designing gloves for her, which caused her to call him "lazy". This led to designer Jerell Scott using the name "Hedda Lettuce" as a term for a model that is hard to work with.

Lettuce appeared on the April 27, 2009, show of The Tyra Banks Show. The guests on the show took part in a social experiment called Gay Kingdom. They voted on roles for each member of the kingdom ranging from king and queen to concubine and pauper; Lettuce was labeled as the jester of the kingdom.

Lettuce appeared on an episode of Ugly Betty entitled "Chica and the Man" in which Wilhelmina Slater discovered she had a drag impersonator named Wilhediva Hater. Although she had little dialogue, Hedda can be seen in the majority of the scenes that take place in the drag bar.

In 2010, Lettuce was featured in the web series Queens of Drag: NYC by gay.com in 2010. The series featured fellow New York drag queens Bianca Del Rio, Dallas DuBois, Lady Bunny, Mimi Imfurst, Peppermint, and Sherry Vine.



Year Title Role Notes
1995 To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar Himself
2000 Red Lipstick Bonnie
2001 Cruise Control Short film
2003 The Look Himself
2005 Dangerous Liaisons Himself
2006 The Making of Michael Lucas' Dangerous Liaisons Himself
2009 Ptown Diaries Himself
2009 What's the Name of the Dame?[5] Himself
2010 Stand-Up 360: Inside Out Himself
2010 Stood Up Himself Short film
2010 Violet Tendencies Himself
2011 Go Go Crazy Himself
2011 Musical Chairs Drag Queen #1


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Sex and the City Drag Queen #1 Episode 21: "Old Dogs, New Dicks"
2004 Cooking's a Drag Himself
2008 Project Runway Himself Episode 6: "Good Queen Fun"
2008 Hot Gay Comics Himself Episode 3
2009 The Tyra Banks Show[6] Himself
2010 Queens of Drag: NYC[5] Himself
2010 Ugly Betty Himself Episode 13: "Chica and the Man"
2011 One Night Stand Up Himself Episode 10: Dragtastic NYC
2011 Unleashed by Garo[3] Himself Episode 1

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Greenblatt, Leah (4 May 2007). "Sweet Transvestites?". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 22 December 2010.
  2. ^ "Hedda Lettuce, 27, Drag Performer". The Advocate. 19 August 1997. p. 44. Retrieved 22 December 2010.
  3. ^ a b "Hedda Lettuce". Sundance Channel. Retrieved 7 March 2013.
  4. ^ McCroy, Winnie (30 March 2006). "Hedda Lettuce on Hedda Lettuce". Edge New York. Retrieved 7 March 2013.
  5. ^ a b "Steven Polito (III) - IMDb". IMDb. Retrieved 7 March 2013.
  6. ^ "IMHO "The Tyra Banks Show": The Gay Kingdom". AfterElton.com. 29 April 2009. Archived from the original on 26 August 2011. Retrieved 7 March 2013.

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