Transgender actress, Warhol muse Holly Woodlawn dies at 69

Transgender actress, Warhol muse Holly Woodlawn dies at 69

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Holly Woodlawn, the transgender actress made famous by Andy Warhol & Paul Morrissey in their 1970s films "Trash" & "Women in Revolt," has died.

A former caretaker & friend said Woodlawn died Sunday in Los Angeles after a battle with cancer. She was 69.

Born Harold Danhakl, she took on the name Holly Woodlawn after running away from home & hitchhiking to New York City, where she became one of Warhol's drag queen "superstars." Her story was immortalized in the first lines of the Lou Reed song "Walk on the Wild Side."

p>Woodlawn received critical acclaim for her film roles, yet she couldn't find mainstream success. She made a modest comeback in the 1990s with the rise of queer & independent movies, & she recently appeared in the TV comedy "Transparent."

Source: “Associated Press”