“It was all irresistible fun, in the true tradition of British music hall, bawdy vulgarity, littered with innuendo, double meanings and everything thrown in for good measure,” La Rue wrote in his 1987 autobiography, From Drags To Riches. “A comic in a frock” was how he preferred to refer to his trade. On being demobbed, Carroll returned to Huttons but continued performing on stage by joining the Exeter Dramatic Group, at the city’s Theatre Royal. Daniel Patrick Carroll (Danny La Rue), actor and female impersonator: born Cork, Republic of Ireland 26 July 1927; OBE, 2002; died Tunbridge Wells, Kent, 31 May 2009. Daniel Patrick Carroll (Danny La Rue), actor and female impersonator, born 26 July 1927, died 31 May 2009, Finishing touches: Rue in his dressing room, 1970, With, from left to right, US entertainer Carol Channing, Shirley Bassey and Barbara Windsor, ‘Comic in a frock’: Rue preferred to send up drag rather than play it straight. Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile, There are no comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts, There are no Independent Premium comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts, Danny La Rue: Female impersonator who turned drag into an art form, Email already exists. Hence, the homemade custard that Fanny said would keep in the fridge for three weeks before using, or the bejewelled brandy butter that could be made in early December, dyed green, embellished with “cheap scraps” of angelica and candied peel, piped into “an ordinary glass coupe“, wrapped in cellophane and left to stand until Christmas Day. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. Start your Independent Premium subscription today. will be published daily in dedicated articles. His first experience of theatre, at the age of five, was watching the Irish comedian Jimmy O’Dea as the dame in the pantomime Mother Goose at Cork Opera House. I'm just an actor playing a woman. In 1964, after failing to get the business partnership he wanted in Winston’s, the performer opened his own venue, Danny La Rue’s, in Hanover Square, where his cabaret revue company included the comedian Ronnie Corbett, who had performed at Winston’s. One who, unlike Sir Jimmy Savile, was utterly reviled and disgraced during her lifetime: TV chef Fanny Cradock. This week: 2 June 2009, Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile. At school there, he was remembered for drawing women's dresses, before leaving at the age of 15 to work in Coulson's store, in Exeter, first in the bakery and then as lift attendant. He followed this with appearances in similar shows featuring ex-servicemen – Forces in Petticoats, Soldiers in Skirts and Misleading Ladies. to your comment. What really distinguished Fanny Cradock from Julia Child, though, was that in series like Fanny Cradock Cooks for Christmas, you never really saw Fanny do any actual cooking. No one ever found it obscene.”. Gatty came up with the pseudonym Danny La Rue. The late, lamented Jennifer Paterson, one half of the Two Fat Ladies, was a Fanny Cradock for the 1990s with her huge rings, nail varnish, hair bows and healthy disdain for the food police. His first experience of theatre, at the age of five, was watching the Irish comedian Jimmy O'Dea as the dame in the pantomime Mother Goose at Cork Opera House . The transformation of something seen as coarse and vulgar was achieved by adding an element of sophistication and glittering spectacle, with La Rue dressing in the most expensive and elegant costumes, and sending drag up rather than playing it straight. Carroll’s first professional pantomime appearance was in Aladdin (Chatham Empire, 1953), joining the chorus line of men in drag alongside women. In 1937, the Carroll family moved to London and the young Danny's love of theatre grew as he watched acts such as Arthur Lucan in the guise of Mother Riley. Danny La Rue was first seen in Gatty's revue Men Only, in which he was given the chance to step out of the chorus line and project his personality. Oldest first, -1) ? (as Dolly Levi, Prince of Wales Theatre, 1984). In his act, La Rue parodied personalities old and new, from Nell Gwyn to Cher, and one of his most popular new characters was Lady Cynthia Grope. On the small screen, as well as appearing in television specials and regularly in The Good Old Days, La Rue starred as Lord Fancourt Babberley in an original production of Charley's Aunt ("Play for Today", 1969) and in the title role of Queen of Hearts (1973), with Alan Haynes playing the Queen Mother. He always insisted that he was not a transvestite, explaining: “I never think of myself as a man or a woman when I’m in drag. He also recorded his signature tune, "On Mother Kelly's Doorstep", for release as a single (1968), which reached No 33 in the charts. Are you sure you want to submit this vote? Danny La Rue was first seen in Gatty’s revue Men Only, in which he was given the chance to step out of the chorus line and project his personality. "A comic in a frock" was how he preferred to refer to his trade. Among the stage characters he created were a geisha girl, a teenage rocker and a striptease artist. Cradock's life has also been the subject of the plays Doughnuts Like Fanny's by Julia Darling and Fear of Fanny by Brian Fillis. While there, he made his television debut in 1958 in Jack Hylton’s Monday Show, even fooling one of the guests, the television chef Fanny Cradock, into thinking he was a woman.‘. You can also choose to be emailed when someone replies to your comment. “But it was never smutty, or dirty, or snide. Yes, she was completely over the top, with the Yorkshire Terrier-style bows in her hair, and the jewels and the chiffon, but the middle-aged and elderly women of my childhood also sported eyebrows that had been drawn on with an eyebrow pencil. While there, he made his television début in Jack Hylton's Monday Show (1958), even fooling one of the guests, the television chef Fanny Cradock, into thinking he was a woman. real-world solutions, and more. 'active' : ''"> La Rue's costumes became more and more lavish, and the club ran for eight years, attracting international celebrities and royalty. He then became one of a chorus of men dressed as women in a touring all-male revue, Forces Showboat (1949-50), which starred Terry Bartlett and Colin Ross as female impersonators. … I use an inexpensive sweet white wine called Sauternes. When Fanny excoriated a housewife on BBC talent show The Big Time, she’d finally gone too far. Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. Log in to update your newsletter preferences, Monday - Friday plus breaking news alerts by email. Danny La Rue was the leading female impersonator of Fanny’s day, and his schtick was to look like a real woman, not a panto woman. It allows our most engaged readers to debate the big issues, share their own experiences, discuss real-world solutions, and more. In his act, La Rue parodied personalities old and new, from Nell Gwyn to Cher, and one of his most popular new characters was Lady Cynthia Grope. In Singapore, he took part in regular shows staged for the Army and RAF. La Rue lived for many years with his manager, Jack Hanson, who died in 1979. However, after becoming disillusioned with all-male revues, he gave up performing and returned to Huttons. He also performed with a concert party, making his debut in a spoof of the play White Cargo, acting an African girl wearing a bed sheet as a sarong. try again, the name must be unique, Please While piping rosettes of cream onto a trifle — “they’re frightfully important” — Fanny would dispense sage advice for anyone looking to one-up the Joneses. ‘I never think of myself as a man or a woman when I'm in drag. 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