59 - La Superestrella
Before the word “superstar” became synonymous with any celebrity, the word meant only one thing: Warhol.
Holly Woodlawn, a Puerto Rican trans woman, was one of the original superstars, having starred in two of Warhol’s films.
Although her fame is shadowed by that of another one of Warhol’s superstars Candy Darling, she has to her credit the first instance where a trans woman was cast in the role of a cis woman in Warhol’s Trash.
In fact, people we so impressed with her performance that director George Cukor began a write-in campaign to have Woodlawn nominated for the Academy Award for best supporting actress. Had the campaigned succeeded, she would have been the first openly trans* person nominated for a major film award, an honor currently held by fellow trans Latina, Harmony Santana.