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|Born||Haroldo Santiago Franceschi Rodriguez Danhakl
October 26, 1946
Juana Díaz, Puerto Rico
|Other names||Harold Ajzenberg|
Born Haroldo Santiago Franceschi Rodriguez Danhakl in Juana Díaz, Puerto Rico and grew up in Miami Beach, where she came out at a young age. Woodlawn adopted the name Holly from the heroine of Breakfast at Tiffany's, and in 1969 added the surname from a sign she saw on an episode of I Love Lucy. After changing her name she began to tell people she was the heiress to Woodlawn Cemetery.
In 1962, Woodlawn left Florida at the age of 15, heading north. She recollects that "I hocked some jewelry and ... made it all the way to Georgia, where the money ran out and ... had to hitchhike the rest of the way" to New York City. By 1969, she had considered sex reassignment surgery, but decided against it.
Woodlawn met Andy Warhol at the Factory, at a screening of Flesh (1968). Through him she met Jackie Curtis, who cast Woodlawn in her play Heaven Grand in Amber Orbit in the autumn of 1969. In October, she was given a bit role in Trash, but so impressed director Paul Morrissey that she was given a much larger role. In 1970, she received word from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that George Cukor, supported by others, was petitioning the Academy to nominate her for best actress for her work in Trash, however, nothing came of this campaign.
In May 1971, Woodlawn replaced Candy Darling at the La Mama Theatre, New York in a production of Vain Victory written and directed by Jackie Curtis. She was arrested and briefly incarcerated in Puerto Rico after being caught shoplifting. Woodlawn created a stir when she was arrested in New York City after impersonating the wife of the French Ambassador to the United Nations. When arrested, she was taken to the Women's House of Detention then transferred to a men's facility when her biological sex was discovered.
In 1972, director Robert Kaplan and cinematographer Paul Glickman concocted the idea of a movie whose premise would be using a transvestite as the lead in a film without revealing the sex of the actress. Woodlawn played a young, starstruck girl hoping for success as an actress in New York City. The film, "Scarecrow in a Garden of Cucumbers", was a low budget, 16mm, unsuccessful musical feature. The song "In The Very Last Row", written by Marshall Barer, was performed by Bette Midler.
In 1977, Woodlawn moved to San Francisco. She returned to New York later in the year, appearing on Geraldo Rivera's talk show, before being jailed again in 1978 for violating terms of probation. She was released on the appeal of politician Ethan Geto, who helped organize a benefit for her.
During the 1990s, Woodlawn achieved a modest comeback, making cameo appearances in plays and films such as Night Owl (1993) and Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss (1998). After Warhol's death, she was interviewed frequently on his life and influence. She currently resides in West Hollywood where in the late 90s she participated in riot grrrl shows with Revolution Rising, and recorded spoken word for songs and experimental recordings by the band Lucid Nation.
Woodlawn began performing in cabaret shows in sold-out New York and Los Angeles performances in the early 2000s. She continues to travel with her cabaret show, most recently appearing in Manhattan's Laurie Beechman Theater in 2013.
|1970||Trash||Holly||a.k.a. "Andy Warhol's Trash"|
|1971||Women In Revolt||Holly|
|Is There Sex After Death?||Herself|
|1972||Scarecrow in a Garden of Cucumbers||Eve Harrington / Rhett Butler|
|1979||"Tally Brown, New York"||Herself|
|1995||The Matinee Idol||Party Guest|
|Scathed||Miss Antonia Curtis|
|1998||Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss|
|Beverly Hills Hustlers|
|1999||Twin Falls Idaho||Flamboyant at Party|
|2004||Superstar in a Housedress||Herself||Documentary|
|2006||Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis||Herself||Documentary|
|Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film||Herself||Documentary|
|2009||Heaven Wants Out|
|2011||The Ghosts of Los Angeles||Holly||Short|
|2012||She Gone Rogue||Aunt Holly||Short|
|East of the Tar Pits||Mattie||YouTube Release|
|1971||An American Family||Herself||1 episode|
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