Woodlawn, Holly: Transgender Actress in Andy Warhol and Paul Morrissey Films, Dies at 69

December 6, 2015–Holly Woodlawn, the transgender actress who appeared in Andy Warhol and Paul Morrissey films and was the subject of Lou Reed’s song “Walk on the Wild Side,” died Sunday in Los Angeles. She was 69.

The Associated Press reported that she had been suffering from cancer.

Most recently, she had appeared in two episodes of “Transparent” as Vivian.

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The star of underground films including “Trash” and “Women in Revolt” was born Haroldo Danhakl in Puerto Rico.

After moving from Miami to New York and meeting Warhol, she took the name Holly Woodlawn and became one of Warhol’s drag queen “superstars.”

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Her first film was Morrissey’s 1970 “Trash,” starring Joe Dallesandro. She then appeared in Warhol’s “Women in Revolt.”

After her heyday in the 1970s New York underground scene, she had small parts in films including “Milwaukee, Minnesota,” “Twin Falls Idaho” and “Billy’s Hollywood Screen Kiss.” She performed in cabaret acts but suffered from ailments due to years of alcohol and substance abuse.

Joe Dallesandro tweeted that he visited her in the hospital just before her death.