Afterwards Octavia, already HIV+ and addicted, moved to Connecticut and worked as a motivational speaker and HIV educator. She was a talented singer and worked with Connecticut resident Greg Field on a series of recordings. However Greg got an extended gig in Iceland, and the recordings were never released.
|Out Magazine, 2005|
In 2005 she was the hostess at the Pill Awards. Also that year she was quoted in Out Magazine as "embarrassed" to have appeared in such a "depressing and degrading film"; but Next Magazine quoted her: "Paris is Burning was huge for me and I loved it".
She did appear in the next ball-scene film How Do I Look, which came out in 2006, and was open about her struggle with drugs, and her sex work.
She died at age 45 after a battle with cancer.
- Jennie Livingston (dir) Paris is Burning, with Dorian Corey, Octavia St Laurent, Pepper Labeija, Angie Xtravaganza and Venus Xtravaganza. US 71 mins 1990.
- “Still Burning” Out, Oct 2005: 54-5. Online at: http://rodonline.typepad.com/rodonline/2005/10/still_burning.html.
- Gregory T. Angelo. "Strong Medicine: The Heavenly Angel Octavia Saint-Laurent Manolo-Blahnik hosts ADD-TV’s Pill Awards. Fourteen years after Paris Is Burning, her fire is still burning as bright- and as hot – as ever". Next Magazine, Oct 21, 2005. Online at: http://www.hungangels.com/vboard/showthread.php?t=4354.
- Wolgang Busch (dir). How Do I Look, with Tracy Africa, Octavia St Laurent. US 2006.
- Michael Musto. "RIP, Octavia St Laurent". The Village Voice, May 19 2009. http://blogs.villagevoice.com/dailymusto/2009/05/rip_octavia_st.php.
- Xem. "The Legacy of Octavia St Laurent". XemSays, July 22, 2012. http://xemsays.com/?p=240.