The Female Impersonator Bert Errol
One of the most influential and major stars of the British variety stage in the Jazz Age was Bert Errol. Hugely under-rated and now long forgotten, he was one of the few, seriously, successful female impersonators on the British stage and had the advantage of an incredible vocal range that was the key to his success.
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Fairy Nice Boys
In a fascinating guide-book entitled Paris With the Lid Lifted by Bruce Reynolds published in 1927, the author makes reference to what he calls ‘Fairy-Nice Boys.’
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Bobbie de Lys – Female Impersonator in the 1920s
The enigmatic Bobbie de Lys was a female impersonator and singer who made a name for himself in the Jazz Age of the 1920s and 1930s and was described as a ‘wonderful male prima donna.’ Little is known about him except a few adverts in the The Stage periodical and a series of stunning postcards published in the mid-1920s.
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Paris had gained a reputation for the variety of its nighttime pleasures and for its free and easy attitude toward life in general. Within this climate of relative tolerance many specialised same-sex establishments were opened and a gay sub-culture thrived in the 1920s.
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