Danny La Rue(1927-2009), Entertainer and female impersonator
Danny La Rue (Peter Underwood)
Sitter in 3 portraits
Danny La Rue was born Daniel Patrick Carroll in Cork, Ireland, the fifth of six children. His father died when he was two and his mother brought the family to London seven years later. He first donned his wig and eyelashes during a naval concert party, having been sent to Singapore as part of Lord Mountbatten's invasion task force towards the end of World War II. Progressing from amateur revues to cabaret in London's West End, he was among Britain's highest-paid entertainers in the 1960s. He has played before the Queen at the Royal Variety Performance, and was the first female impersonator to appear there. La Rue has worked mainly in Britain, but in the 1980s he also became very popular in Australia.
by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1968
On display at Tate Britain, London, UK in the exhibition Queer British Art