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Friday, September 9, 2016

LADY CHABLIS FROM 'MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD & EVIL' DEAD @ 59

Legendary drag artist The Lady Chablis died Thursday in Savannah, Georgia. She was 59.

Chablis is best known for her performance in the 1997 movie adaptation of the John Berendt novelMidnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, which starred Kevin Spacey and John Cusack and was directed by Clint Eastwood.

Chablis was also a fixture at Club One, the Savannah nightclub famous for its drag shows.

“Chablis always wanted to give the audience, be it 15 or 1500, the best that she had,” Club One said in a Facebook post. “With her declining health, she regretted that her body wouldn't allow her to give more.”

According to WTOC, Chablis died at St. Joseph's/Candler Hospital surrounded by family and friends.

Berendt, who immortalized Chablis in his novel, said that she was the character most often asked about.

“She'll be remembered for her outrageous profanity-laced spontaneity and for being one of the first up-front transsexual personalities to be accepted by a wide audience,” Berendt said in a statement. “Eastwood wisely cast Chablis as Chablis.”

Earlier this year, Lady Chablis called her appearance in Midnight a mixed blessing.

“It made me famous,” she told the Savannah Morning News. “[But] it took away my security and privacy and trust. … That sort of brought me out of the closet. I had to come to terms with that.”

SOURCE: ON TOP MAG




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