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Jan 10 2018
Remembering Craig Russell On His 70th Birthday Comments (0)

January 10 Craig Russell Anita Bryant by Jack Fitsch 1978Russell parodies Anita Bryant in 1978 (Image by Jack Fitsch)

Craig Russell, the wildly creative Canadian female impersonator who graced the screen in the cult classic Outrageous! (1977) and its sequel, Too Outrageous! (1987), would have turned 70 today. Instead, he died of an AIDS-related stroke in 1990, just 42 years old, cut down in his prime.

He was known for his campy impersonations of Bette Davis, Carol Channing and Mae West, among many others.

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