International Chrysis

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International Chrysis (1951 – 26 March 1990) was an American transgender entertainer[1] and protégé to Salvador Dalí.[2]

Life and career[edit]

International Chrysis was a member of the Hot Peaches troupe and appeared briefly in the 1968 documentary The Queen. She toured drag supper clubs in the 1970s and moved her show to nightclubs in the 1980s, performing her revues Jesus Chrysis Superstar and the Last Temptation of Chrysis. She appeared in the 1990 film Q&A shortly before her death. Chrysis died of liver cancer, attributed to illegal breast enhancement injections and high levels of hormones.[3][4] A documentary about her life was released posthumously.[5][6][7] Dead or Alive briefly recorded under the name "International Chrysis" in her honor.


  1. ^ Senelick, Laurence (2000). The changing room: sex, drag and theatre. Routledge ISBN 978-0-415-15986-9
  2. ^ Staff report (June 26, 1994). THIS WEEK; Identity Crisis. New York Times
  3. ^ Staff report (2 May 1990). International Chrysis obituary. Variety
  4. ^ Staff report (8 May 1990). International Chrysis obituary. The Advocate
  5. ^ Weeks, Andrew and Ellen Fisher Turk (1993) Split: William to Chrysis Water Bearer Films
  6. ^ Burston P (7 April 1993). Art imitates life. Time Out
  7. ^ Holden, Stephen (September 3, 1993). Review/Film; Life and Death at the Edge: The Story of a Drag Queen. New York Times

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