Andy Warhol Superstar’s Last (Crowd-Funding) Request
Fans of 70s counter-culture transgender icon Holly Woodlawn have launched a crowd-funding appeal to raise funds for nursing and funeral costs after she was rushed to hospital after lesions were discovered on her brain and lungs.
“Holly cannot speak on the telephone now and her condition is dire,” the BringHollyHome campaign page explained, “Holly’s has made it clear that she wants to return home, surrounded by friends and if she must die, she doesn’t want to die in a nursing home.”
Immortalised by Lou Reed, who referred to her in his classic song “Walk on the Wild Side,” with the opening lyric “Holly came from Miami, F.L.A.”, Holly was also one of Andy Warhol’s definitive Factory ‘superstars’, going on to appear in Paul Morrissey’s seminal movie Trash.
Soon after she also ‘created a stir when she was arrested in New York City after impersonating the wife of the French Ambassador to the United Nations’ (wiki), later quitting show business before returning to the stage as a successful cabaret performer in the early 2,000s.
“We who love Holly, hope to raise enough funds to continue her care and hopefully bring Holly home with 24 hour nursing care, after she recuperates in a nursing home,’ the BringHollyHome supporters concluded on the site.
Currently, we have no means to achieve these goals, which also include provisions for her funeral and to secure her last resting place.
“Holly gave visibility long before it was comfortable to do so and also gave thousands of people both hope and pleasure. Please contribute and help us bring Holly home and please, please share this widely.”