Newswire: R.I.P. Holly Woodlawn, Warhol superstar and Lou Reed’s muse

Holly Woodlawn, a pioneering trans entertainer who rose to fame in Andy Warhol’s 1970 film Trash, has died. She had reportedly been battling cancer for some time, and was in hospice care at the time of her death. Woodlawn’s death was confirmed to the Associated Press by her friend and caretaker Mariela Huerta, who says she died yesterday in Los Angeles. She was 69.

Born Harold Danhakl, she changed her name and began living as Holly Woodlawn after running away from home adn hitchhiking to New York City at the age of 15. There, she fell in with the crew of artists and outsiders who hung out at Andy Warhol’s Factory, and soon was dubbed one of his in-house “Superstars” and cast in his film Trash, a role for which legendary director George Cukor reportedly campaigned to have her nominated for a Best Actress Oscar. That led …

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