Sunday, January 18, 2009

Holly Woodlawn: 'I have daily milk baths with my pussy'


The legend that is Holly Woodlawn has deigned to send a few words to the world of Madame Arcati. One of Warhol's great Superstars, the reinvented woman who got all the attention in the 1970 movie Trash, she resides in West Hollywood and boasts that her living room is one of the town's great secrets. "I'm coo coo for Coco, bananas for Gabbana, love Lacroix, and I do adore Dior!" she says, as well as going doolally over the delivery boys from the Yummy.com grocery store she can espy out of her window. Her responses are an example of stylised ellipses ...

Q. Holly Woodlawn! I can't believe it. If you could talk to Warhol's spirit through some old bitch medium, what would you like to say to him, and what would you like him to say to you?

ME: "WHERE'S THE TWENTY BUCKS YOU OWE ME?"
HIM: "OH HOLLY, YOU'RE SO GLAMOROUS."

Q. How do you describe yourself on your tax return?

WHAT TAX RETURN?

Q. I understand you live in West Hollywood. Tell us something about your home - for instance, the chairs - is there a colour theme? And your toothpaste - what brand is it? Tell us what and whom you see every day.

MY HOME IS MY TEMPLE. CURRENTLY MY LIVING ROOM THEME IS PUERTO RICAN/EGYPTIAN. MY NORMAL DAY STARTS WITH A MILK BATH WITH SADIE (MY RUSSIAN BLUE CAT). AFTER THAT IT'S MOSTLY EATING CHOCOLATES IN BED.

Q. Lou Reed sang about you in Walk on the Wild Side - he sang (like you need reminding), "Holly came from Miami FLA, hitch-hiked her way across the USA, plucked her eyebrows on the way, shaved her legs, and then he was a she..." What did you feel when you first heard these words?

N/C

Q. Omg! You're a Scorpio. But aren't Scorps quite secretive and intense? Are you, Holly?

WHAT A FOOLISH QUESTION. SECRETIVE? NEVER. INTENSE? ALWAYS.

Q. Holly, now look. Sex. When was the last time? Don't hold back. Tell us what happened if you feel inclined. Alternatively, share a sex fantasy with your public ...

NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS.

Q. Is there anyone in your life who talks to you as a mother would, as in, 'Oh Holly, please tidy up' or 'Holly, don't do that, puh-lease!'?

YOU'VE GOT TO BE KIDDING.

Q. Do you read all the Warhol books, like Bob Colacello's Holy Terror book in which you appear a few times?

YOU'VE GOT TO BE KIDDING.

Q. If a young person came to you now and told you they wanted a transgender op, what would you say to them by way of advice?

THE KIDS NOW WHO WANT TO HAVE THE OPERATION HAVE LOTS OF ACCESS TO SUPPORT GROUPS. THEY SHOULD USE THOSE SERVICES. GOD KNOWS I NEVER HAD THAT WHEN I NEEDED IT IN THE 60's.

Q. What's this I hear about a back problem? What's wrong and would you like a Madame Arcati massage?

DARLING, I JUST TURNED 62. WHAT DO YOU EXPECT? I'VE WAITED TABLES...I'VE GO-GO DANCED THE YEARS AWAY...AND FINALLY MY BACK SAID 'FUCK YOU'.

Q. Would you like to attack a public figure, like the Pope or Michael Jackson's mother? If so, whom?

YOU'VE GOT TO BE KIDDING.

Q. And finally, Holly, do you keep in touch with other Superstars or Warholstars like Joe Dallessandro (who is getting a special film award in Germany soon)?

SURE WE DO! IT'S ALWAYS A GOOD TIME.

Thank you so much for your time Holly. You are much adored here in the UK among the cognoscenti and if there's anything else you want to share with us, you know where to put it. MA xx (I wanted to ask about Candy Darling but there are so many questions)

Holly's website here.
And Holly's on MySpace, click here

Holly ... "Charlton Heston beware ... "

Holly, her lesbian husband and Eddie Murphy

9 comments:

forgotten ones fund/stephmastini said...

...so, now I know why the song by Lou Reed "Walk on the Wild Side" sent shivers up my spine...you made my day~
s!

drf said...

I remember seeing Holly Woodlawn on stage at Country Cousins in the 1970s and rushing backstage into her dressing-room after the performance and exclaiming 'Holly, you must stop this! What are you doing to yourself?' I can't remember why I did it but I do recall Ms Woodlawn looking very surprised and asking very nicely for my ejection.

Best, Duncan Fallowell

The late Andy Warhol said...

This is something else, I thought Holly was dead!

the late Prince Harry said...

She's my little tranni friend

Nancy Reagan said...

So did Holly get fucked by Eddie Murphy/

Elvira said...

I can hear Holly answering: Eddie Murphy? He wishes he could put his hands on this gorgeous body!

YOU'VE GOT TO BE KIDDING… lol, so cute! She didn’t reveal a thing. Good for her! And the video where she's talking of what it meant to her to see Jackie Curtis in her coffin is just adorable. “Jackie, Candy… Holly is here holding the fort and the day I die... dooda, dooda day…” hysterical!

Madame Arcati said...

I, too, was delighted that Holly gave nothing away; a true star. Just like Elizabeth Taylor who in over half a century has never answered a question directly - and yet we know all about her.

Anonymous said...

True diva: Chocolates in bed, milk baths... Is the pussy’s job to lick her... toes?

Anonymous said...

I fear the great Duncan Fallowell is slightly mistaken-it was actually Madisons at Camden Lock where Holly Woodlawn appeared. I know because I worked there as a handsome waiter (with a shiny new tooth) for it's entire life and got quite pally with Holly. She was good fun. One night after the show I took her to El Sombrero where no-one had a clue who she was-except the terryifing one-time singer Marylin who looked liked Monroe at the time. They hated each others guts on sight.

Duncan does remind me though-the truly wonderful (but I fear late ?) Christopher Hunter owes me a weeks wages from Country Cousins.

veritas !