Holly Woodlawn

Holly Woodlawn was bornHaraldo Santiago Franceschi Rodriguez Danhaklin 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 ... Read more »
Born: 10/26/1946 in Juana Diaz, PR

Filmography

Actor (20)

She Gone Rogue 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

Beautiful Darling 2011 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The Lie 2011 (Movie)

Cherrie (Actor)

The Cockettes 2002 (Movie)

(Actor)

Citizens of Perpetual Indulgence 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Twin Falls, Idaho 1999 (Movie)

Flamboyant at Party (Actor)

Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss 1998 (Movie)

Holly (Actor)

Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Byrds of Paradise 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Night Owl 1992 (Movie)

Barfly (Actor)

Resident Alien 1991 (Movie)

Performer/Actor (Actor)

Superstar: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol 1991 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Take Off 1977 (Movie)

(Actor)

Underground and Emigrants 1974 (Movie)

(Actor)

Is There Sex After Death 1970 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Scarecrow in a Garden of Cucumbers 1970 (Movie)

Eve Harrington (Actor)

Trash 1970 (Movie)

Holly (Actor)

Women in Revolt 1970 (Movie)

(Actor)

Biography

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.

Milestones

1969

First on screen role in Paul Morrissey's "Trash"

Bonus Trivia

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Woodlawn was one of the most visible of Andy Warhol's squad that he dubbed "superstars," and was a central part of the scene at Warhol's workspace, The Factory.

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