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A Low Life in High Heels: The Holly Woodlawn Story

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  83 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Bound to captivate the many fans of the motion picture Paris Is Burning, Woodlawn's autobiography is a walk on the wild side with Andy Warhol's last superstar and the avant-garde community of the 1960s and '70s. At the age of 16, Harold became Holly Woodlawn and skyrocketed to fame as a superstar in Warhol's movie Trash. "This is must reading".--Harvey Fierstein. Photograp ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published November 1st 1992 by Harper Perennial
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Tom Schulte
Lou Reed, on Transformer (1972) in "Walk On The Wild Side" gave a brief biography of her:

Holly came from Miami, Fla
Hitchhiked her way across the USA.
Plucked her eyebrows on the way
Shaved her leg and then he was she

This books amplifies the sordid fun and games, sorrow and pain of Andy Warhol's New York and being Divine's roommate.
The same thing I learned from Rocky Horror and countless (gay) icons and stars: Don't Dream It, Be It. Oh and while drugs are fun: consume them, don't let them consume you.
Holly Woodlawn led a remarkable life. Don't know if she is still alive (hope so). A true survivor. Her performance in "Andy Warhol's Trash" is a comedic classic.
Holly Woodlawn's memoirs are essential reading not only for those interested in the Andy Warhol Factory legend, but is as close as we're going to get to a full-blown (pun) biography on the Warhol Trans-Triad: Holly, Candy Darling and Jackie Curtis. There's tons of dirt on the three divas for your entertainment, as well as fascinating info on Divine, and an inkling on what might have killed him (heart attack? nope!). Tightly told with very little chaff, Low Life In High Heels is the memoir to gob ...more
i think I would have liked this better if I had had some background knowledge on the Andy Warhol Factory scene
Utterly engaging from start to finish, and written with great honesty and humour. This is an eye-popping glimpse into a truly bizarre, yet pivotal period in pop culture history.
Jer'ell Hartsig
I enjoyed and thought it was an entertaining read. Holly Woodlawn was a trailblazer and before her time transvestite, she claimed her fame as one of Warhol's protege.
Not a bad read, and Holly's voice is funny, witty, and perfectly bitchy, but at some point this starts to feel like a cataloging of movies, shows, events, and people more than a memoir. She's lived a fascinating and crazy life alongside some amazing people, but there's very little insight or reflection.
This book is a fun read that dishes the dirt while also talking in deep and complicated ways about intersections of identity, discrimination, and resilience through issues such as overincarceration of black and brown people, the targeting of trans people for brutality within prisons, considering sex re-assignment surgery, the dynamics of exploitation in Warhol's world, and many stories of queers fighting back and surviving. Ms Woodlawn models telling deeper truths through trashtalk!
Bri Ana
I was loaned this my freshman year at Reed - a welcome escape somewhere between Heroditus and the Letters of the Younger Pliny. Now it qualifies loosely as work related research...

Regardless of circumstance, it is a fun, hyper-campy tell-most of the life and times of a bubbly, unwittingly avant garde transvestite, rocketed through 15 minutes of New York infamy as one of Warhol's Superstars.

Read it as the transgender (cleaned up) alternative to Anger's "Hollywood Babylon".
A fun I've always had a fascination about the Warhol scene. Holly certainly lived a fascinating life...and anybody that inspires the lyrics to Take a Walk on the Wild Side is alright by me.
Very interesting biography. Very funny stories as he and a friend travel through the bible belt to get to NY. Loved it.
Linda Cohen
I had forgotten I had read this during my Book City days until Patti Smith mentioned her in Just Kids.
Even if you're not particularly interested in the Warhol crowd, this is a great read.
Oct 13, 2008 Selena rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Transvestites/Gays/Lesbians
Money, Fame, and Power mean nothing if it kills you. Live for love only.
Geary Brewer
Interesting and self-abosrbed. She needed to know she had a life.
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