Holly Woodlawn, Andy Warhol-Gschmusi und die Dame aus Lou Reeds Wildside-Lyrics, ist am Wochenende im Alter von 69 Jahren an einer Krebserkrankung gestorben. „Holly came from Miami, F-L-A, Hitchhiked her way across the USA, Plucked her eyebrows on the way, Shaved her legs, and then he was a she.“ Hey honey, take a walk on the wild side.
Woodlawn was born Harold Dankhal in Puerto Rico. She ran away from home aged 15 and hitchhiked to New York City.
Her back-story formed the first few lines of Reed’s 1972 classic: “Holly came from Miami, F.L.A. Hitchhiked her way across the USA. Plucked her eyebrows on the way. Shaved her legs and then she was a she. She says, ‘Hey, babe, take a walk on the wild side.” She later admitted she didn't get to know Reed until after the song was released.