- Hirschfeld, Magnus. Die Transvestiten; ein Untersuchung uber den erotischen Verkleidungstrieb: mit umfangreichem casuistischen und historischen Material.
: Pulvermacher, 562, vi pp1910. English translation by Michael A Lombardi-Nash. Tranvestites: The Erotic urge to Crossdress. Berlin : Prometheus Books. 424 pp 1991:344-5. Buffalo
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Dressed as a nun, he had his chauffeur stop in the middle of a bridge and got out and squatted: two cars collided. He would dress as a female prostitute, or with pillows under his dress as grand society hostess Elsa Maxwell. He was often in drag at his mother’s parties. He did drag while entertaining his friend the homosexual New York Cardinal Francis Spellman.
- Charles Higham. The Duchess of Windsor: The Secret Life.
: McGraw-Hill Book Co. 482 pp 1988: 370-2, 394-5. New York
- Christopher Wilson. Dancing With The Devil: The Windsors and Jimmy Donahue.
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- Prior to their inauguration, Dan Leno had been invited to perform for the King in 1901, but he felt that etiquette prevented him from appearing dressed as a woman, and so he did the whole act in mufti.
- The first of the actual Royal Command Performances was in 1912 and starred, among others, Vesta Tilley. She did her usual male impersonation act. Queen Mary is said to have so embarrassed, by the sight of a woman in trousers, that she turned her back for the duration of the act.
- If we are to believe the autobiography of Rae Boubon, the famous pansy performer, he did a Royal Command Performance for King Edward, however this fact does not seem to check out.
- An American drag performer, Delbert Hill, part of the US Air Force Special Services.who had been performing in a grass skirt and coconut-shell bra as "Dirty Gertie from Bizerti" and kept performing during air-raids, was on the bill in 1944. This is before he went AWOL and hid as Donna Delbert, "America's Outstanding Lady Magician and the Only Lady Fire Eater in the World".
- The 1947 performance include Bobbie Kimber, one of very few female ventriloquists. This was before her self-outing as a male in 1952.
- Since then Danny La Rue has done at least 3 Royal Command Performances, and today it is no big deal at all.
Alternatively transliterated as Feliks Iusupov. Also known as Feliks Graf Sumarrokow-Elston.
Yusupov was descended via his mother from the fabulously wealthy Yusupovs, a family of Tartar origins. As he describes in his autobiography, he spent time with gypsy bands and in drag. He claims that he was cruised by Edward Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, then king of the British Empire, while he was in drag at a theatre in Paris.
On 16 December 1916 he was a leader of the group that murdered Rasputin. After the Revolution, Felix, his wife and daughter seized some family treasures and the British Navy helped them escape via Yalta. They settled in Paris.
They sued MGM in connection with the 1932 film, Rasputin and the Empress, in that the character who killed Rasputin could be based on only himself, and that it was libel to suggest that his wife had been raped by Rasputin. They were awarded £25,000, an enormous sum. This resulted in the disclaimer afterwards placed at the end of all Hollywood films: “The preceding was a work of fiction …”.
Yusupov wrote an autobiography: Avant l’exil, 1887-1919. Paris: Plon 310 pp 1952. Translated By Ann Green and Nicolas Katkoff as Lost Splendour. London: Cape 288 pp1954. Reissued Circlet Press 307 pp 2004. Translation online here.
22 May 2007
As a lawyer, he made his name prosecuting high profile cases against organized crime.
He was Mayor of New York 1994-2001. He was awarded a KBE in 2002 for his part in the 9/11/01 attack on New York City.
Sir Rudolph was a candidate to be Republican Presidential Candidate 2007-8.
Unusually for a top politician, he is willing to appear in costume, including drag, on stage. In 1997, he wore a sequined dress and a wig from Rupaul’s wig-maker to play opposite Julie Andrews in her Victor-Victoria persona. Later the same year he played Rita Delvecchio’s mother in a sketch on Saturday Night Live. In 2000 he played a skit with Donald Trump where he is a matron buying perfume.
- Sara Kugler. “Rudy Giuliani in a dress: Will voters care? Republican presidential candidate, former NYC mayor could face backlash” MSNBC, April 14, 2007. www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18108978.
- John Dickerson. “Rudy in Leather and Lace: The theatrical journey of America's mayor”. Slate. May 8, 2007.www.slate.com/id/2165788/nav/tap1.
- “Rudy Giuliani”. Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudy_Giuliani.
- “Mayorality of Rudy Giuliani”. Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mayoralty_of_Rudy_Giuliani#Drag_appearances