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16 June 2011

Tara O’Hara (195? – 1983) performer.

Tara's male persona was raised by a Jehovah's Witness family in New Orleans. In the early 80s, he was working in Berlin as an English teacher.

Tara and Jayne, from Jayne's book.
When he discovered Romy Haag's drag club he came back again and again, and started wearing drag to the club. This lead to a part in the show and he gave up both teaching and the Jehovah's Witnesses.

She was in Rosa von Praunheim's 1983 film, Stadt Der Verlorenen Seelen (City of Lost Souls) along with Jayne County and Angie Stardust where they all play versions of themselves.

Tara was murdered in 1983.

However there is now another Tara O'Hara  resident in Berlin.  She lives with Edeltraut P., and they are gay and community activists.

1 comment:

Bryin said...

While I can't supply the real date, I know the 1983 date of death for Tara is definitely wrong because I didn’t even move here till 1986, and the Tara I knew (fleetingly) was also in the Praunheim film, so they must be the same person.

I met her when she performed for me at an underground party in 1986 ("Bloody Night" at Frontkino) and I figure it was sometime in 1988 or 89 that she took refuge from a violent John at a dance party I was doing ("Shake n Bake") on Potsdamer Strasse.

Greetings from Berlin,