Holly Woodlawn was born Haraldo Santiago Franceschi Rodriguez Danhakl in Puerto Rico, and immigrated to Miami as a child. He faced such harassment as a young boy that he ran away from home at age 15 and headed to New York City. On that journey, he transformed himself into a transgender woman. He called himself Holly Woodlawn, after the character Holly Golightly from "Breakfast at Tiffany's" (1961). Once in New York, she had to survive, for a time, hustling for money, and eventually found her way to Andy Warhol's Factory where she acted in a couple of Warhol-produced films, "Trash" (1970), and "Women In Revolt" (1971). In 1972, her journey from Miami to New York City was immortalized in the first lines of Lou Reed's revolutionary 1972 single "Walk on the Wild Side." Woodlawn found fame to be fleeting, and by 1979, she had moved back with her parents in Miami. Initially angry at their son's homosexuality, Woodlawn's parents had been supportive of her decisions for some time. Her career experience a comeback of sorts beginning in the 1990's when she made a number of onscreen appearances, including "Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss" (1998) and "Twin Falls Idaho" (1999). In 2014, she played a supporting role on the critically acclaimed "Transparent" (Amazon, 2014-). Diagnosed with cancer, Woodlawn died in Los Angeles on December 6, 2015.