Posted: Monday, December 7, 2015 – 12:46 PM
(AFP) Holly Woodlawn, a transgender actress of the 1970s who was Andy Warhol’s muse and inspired Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side,” died on Sunday in Los Angeles following a battle with cancer. She was 69.
US media said Woodland, who recently appeared in two episodes of Amazon’s dark transgender comedy “Transparent,” had suffered from alcohol and substance abuse for years.
Born Haroldo Danhakl in Puerto Rico, she changed her name to Holly Woodlawn after meeting Warhol and appeared in two of the artist’s films — “Trash” and “Women in Revolt.”
Joe Dallesandro, who starred alongside Woodlawn in “Trash,” said he was with her when she died.
“At 3:06 pm LA time, she passed away,” he tweeted Sunday.
“I know Holly knew I was with her today because she always loved the fragrance I wear Chanel Antaeus.”
Woodlawn will be remembered for inspiring the lyrics to Reed’s 1972 track “Walk on the Wild Side,” written after she left her home in Miami at age 16 and hitchhiked to New York.
“Holly came from Miami, F.L.A.; hitchhiked her way across the USA; plucked her eyebrows on the way; shaved her legs and then he was a she. She says, ‘Hey babe, take a walk on the wild side’,” the song goes.