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18 January 2012

Elizabeth Coffey (194? - ) actress, housewife, manager

Elizabeth, from Philadelphia, had a small but memorable part in the John Waters’ film, Pink Flamingos, 1972, where she fully reciprocates when approached by a flasher.
Elizabeth & Maralyn, Philadelphia drag queen, in Nickels, p57

She was in the late stages of transition at the time, and in fact had her surgery a week later.

Waters says that he cast her because “I knew that she had a wonderful sense of humor”, and that “I was especially glad to know that she had the first sex change in Maryland that was paid for by welfare. At last, my tax money was being put to a good use”.

She was also in Water’s next film, Female Trouble, 1974. as a death row inmate.

She later moved to Chicago, married, adopted a child, and managed an all-male traveling construction crew.

In 1985 she appeared as the one female in Divine’s music video, Walk Like a Man.
  • John Waters. Shock Value. New York, N.Y.: Dell Pub. Co, 1981: xi, 129.
  • Thom Nickels. Gay and Lesbian Philadelphia. Charleston, SC: Arcadia, 2002: 57. 
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