Superstar in a Housedress
Superstar in a Housedress (2004)

This warm documentary from Craig Highberger studies the life of transvestite legend and Andy Warhol prodigy Jackie Curtis. The son of a dancer and a marine, Curtis grew up in New York above his grandmother's saloon and in time became a… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 5, 2004
DVD Release Date: May 9, 2006
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

It's an engrossing peek at an era that now seems as meteoric, crazy and distant as the Roaring Twenties.

Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle


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Brent Simon
Entertainment Today

A vibrant, skin-deep flirt, both refined and tawdry, fabulous and skin deep -- probably a comparison Curtis himself would appreciate.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

The film is full of flamboyant personalities, and they all contribute to the impression that Highberger above all wants to pay tribute to Curtis' brave determination to discover and express his ever-changing identity at all costs.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

An affectionate biographical documentary.

E! Online

As this entertaining documentary makes clear, the witty, wisecracking, son-of-a-Marine drag queen was an artist in his own right.

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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly

Slow-starting but ultimately invigorating.

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Susan Walker
Toronto Star

Highberger's movie is as much a reclamation of cultural territory as it is a bio-pic.

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Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International

Entertaining and fine-looking doc.

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