I stumbled across the news that Holly Woodlawn – the Holly from Lou Reed’s classic Walk on the Wild Side – died yesterday.
The Guardian has this:
Holly Woodlawn – Warhol superstar, transgender role model and inspiration behind Lou Reed’s Walk on the Wild Side – died on 6 December after battling brain and liver cancer. She was 69.
At 16, Woodlawn, then known as Haroldo Santiago Franceschi Rodriguez Danhakl, left home and hitchhiked to New York, a moment captured in Reed’s 1972 track:
“Holly came from Miami FLA/ Hitchhiked her way across the USA/ Plucked her eyebrows on the way/ Shaved her legs and then he was a she …”
That song will live forever, and rightly so. It is an almost perfect concoction, that serves up a super sharp snapshot of a time and place.
All our yesterdays are passing into history, along with the stars, the players, the supporting actors, and the witnesses. Sad. Inevitable, but still sad.
Rest in peace Holly. Rest in peace.