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Danny La Rue

Danny La Rue

Danny La Rue


Danny La Rue, OBE (26 July, 1927 - 31 May, 2009) born as Daniel Patrick Carroll in County Cork. His family lived in Horgan's Buildings, Magazine Road, Cork City Ireland. Biography He served in the Royal Navy as a young man following his father's steps, but he became famous as a female impersonator (or "comic in a frock" as he preferred to be called) in England and was featured in theatre productions, and in film, television, and records. He was made an OBE in the 2002 Queen's Birthday Honours List. Read more on Last.fm
Danny La Rue, OBE (26 July, 1927 - 31 May, 2009) born as Daniel Patrick Carroll in County Cork. His family lived in Horgan's Buildings, Magazine Road, Cork City Ireland. Biography He served in the Royal Navy as a young man following his father's steps, but he became famous as a female impersonator (or "comic in a frock" as he preferred to be called) in England and was featured in theatre productions, and in film, television, and records. He was made an OBE in the 2002 Queen's Birthday Honours List. Among his impersonations were celebrities such as Elizabeth Taylor, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Marlene Dietrich, and Margaret Thatcher. At one point he had his own nightclub in Hanover Square, and also performed on London's West End. In the 1960s he was among England's highest-paid entertainers. In 1982 he played 'Dolly Levi' in the famous musical Hello, Dolly!, and he is still a regular performer in traditional Christmas pantomime shows in Britain.

He appeared as himself in Mr. Bean. For most of his career, Danny implied that beneath his costume he was a "normal" heterosexual man. Unlike many drag performers, he would always perform parts of his show in men's clothes, and was often seen out of costume on television. More recently, he has been more candid about his private life and the fact that he is gay.

Danny lived for many years with his partner and manager, Jack Hanson, until his death in Australia following a major stroke. He most recently appeared in Hello Danny a biographical show performed at Benidorm Palace, Spain on 11 November 2007. The part of La Rue was played by Jerry Lane, and La Rue appeared at the top of the show and then in an interview on stage in the second half. He also performed a number of songs, including Jayne County's "Queenage Baby", accompanied by Dave Peterson to a sellout crowd. La Rue suffered a mild stroke in 2006 and all of his planned performances were cancelled. He had suffered several strokes since then.

He died at his home shortly before midnight on 31 May 2009 after suffering from cancer. Credit: wikipedia Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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