Sunday, August 16, 2015

FEMALE IMPERSONATORS Madame Arthur Paris 1960s

The drag clubs in Paris,  Madame Arthur's and it's sister club La Carrousel, were ground breaking venues in Europe, presenting nightly shows of sophisticated female impersonators in a cabaret environment. Fifty-plus tears ago, and mostly forgotten in today's digital world, filled with news of the long overdue acceptance of gay and transgender men and women, this program, circa early 1960s, is a window into what "trans performers" of the era looked like. 

Among the regular performers at the club and featured in the program are Coccinelle (the first male to female sex change in France), Bambi, Zambella, Lola Chanel, Cooky & Caline and Capucine. Note the back cover advertising for La Carrousel.

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