Holly Woodlawn And The Siamese Cat

Holly Woodlawn: transgender trailblazer, downtown Warholian personality in the ’60s and early ’70s, immmortalized by a stanza in Lou Reed‘s “Walk on The Wild Side,” costar of Paul Morrissey‘s “Trash.” Woodlawn, 69, died the other day in Los Angeles from brain and liver cancer. Things were tough for her in recent years. Her Wiki page asserts that in 1970 George Cukor “petitioned the Academy to nominate Woodlawn for Best Actress for her work in ‘Trash’; however, nothing came of this campaign.” I can’t find a YouTube clip I once saw in which Woodlawn delivered a perfect imitation of Kim Novak calling for her Siamese cat Piewacket in Bell, Book and Candle (“Pie! Pie!”). Which is much sprightlier than Audrey Hepburn performing a similar activity in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” with the generic “Cat! Cat!”

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