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Transgender Warhol Superstar Holly Woodlawn Dies at 69

Transgender Warhol Superstar Holly Woodlawn Dies at 69
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Holly Woodlawn, a transgender trailblazer known as one of Andy Warhol's Superstars in the early '70s, has died at 69.

Woodlawn had battled brain and liver cancer, and was mentioned by Caitlyn Jenner in a first-season episode of "I Am Cait" as being in need of thoughts and prayers. Over the summer, thousands of dollars was raised by fans and supporters as the entertainer's health failed.

Woodlawn was best known for an acclaimed acting performance in Paul Morrissey's 1970 film "Trash," opposite Joe Dallesandro. Dallesandro tweeted that he had visited Woodlawn today as she passed away:

I arrived to the hospice and went to Holly's room, #403. I was next to her talking and telling her all the love that was...

Posted by Joe Dallesandro on Sunday, December 6, 2015

More than 40 years before Caitlyn made being transgender a hot topic, Woodlawn was famously name-checked in the Lou Reed song "Walk on the Wild Side" in 1972, with the lyrics: "Holly came from Miami, F-L-A/Hitchhiked her way across the U.S.A/Plucked her eyebrows on the way/Shaved her legs, and then he was a she."