Warhol Superstar Jackie Curtis
Warhol Superstar Jackie Curtis was born on February 19, 1947, as John Holder Jr. With strong beliefs regarding gender conformity, Curtis was quoted in a New York Times article stating, “I’m not a boy, not a girl. I am not gay, I am not straight, I am not a drag queen, I am not a transvestite, I am Jackie” She acted in two Warhol’s films, Flesh, and Women in Revolt. Her devotion to Andy was represented with an “Andy” tattoo on her arm.
Curtis also wrote screenplays, including work for a few of Warhol’s films, including films he acted and the film Big Badge. Jackie Curtis graduated from Hunter College in 1975, with aspirations of becoming a singer and when he couldn’t make a career on Broadway, she decided to start writing and performing in her own plays. Curtis was also a published poet, whose work appeared in The Poets’ Encyclopedia in 1979. Jackie Curtis died of from heroin overdose at the age of 38 in 1985.