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A film by Craig Highberger
Narrated by Lily Tomlin
Year of production : 2003
Running Time: 95 minutes
The sexually ambiguous Warhol superstar Jackie Curtis, who lived and performed sometimes as a man, sometimes as a woman is remembered by thirty friends and colleagues, including Harvey Fierstein, Holly Woodlawn, Paul Morrissey and Lily Tomlin.
Superstar in a Housedress examines the life and legend of Warhol transvestite superstar Jackie Curtis who was a poet, playwright,performer,and one of the great personalities of his time.
The film features on-camera interviews with actor Harvey Fierstein who played Jackie ’s mother in “Americka Cleopatra” when he was 18, Ellen Stewart, founder of LaMama Experimental Theater Club, John Vaccarro, founder of the Playhouse of the Ridiculous, Paul Morrissey, director of the Andy Warhol films and surviving superstars Holly Woodlawn and Joe Dallesandro, plus 24 other friends and colleagues of Jackie ’s.
The film includes never-before-seen video and film clips of Jackie performing in stage plays including ”Femme Fatale ”,and “Glamour, Glory and Gold ”, and cabarets including the legendary ”Cabaret in the Sky: An evening with Holly Woodlawn and Jackie Curtis ” (1974).
The music of jazz musician and composer Paul Serrato, who wrote and performed music for many of Jackie ’s productions, including ”Vain Victory ” is featured,as is the photography of Jack Mitchell who took more photo-graphs of Curtis and the Warhol crowd than any other professional.