Holly Woodlawn Memorial NYC
$68,218 of $75,000 goal
Holly's NY memorial May 14th 2pm doors open at 1:30 pm at the Ellen Stewart Theatre 66 East 4th Street New York, NY 10003
is open to everyone but seating at LaMama Etc is limited to a first come first serve basis.
We are happy to announce that we will be live streaming the entire memorial with Culture Hub and it will be a first rate production so we encourage fans both in NY, across the country and around the world to have at home Holly Memorial viewing parties.
There will also be an overflow screening at:
Howl Gallery 6 E 1st st STREET, NYC 10003
and we encourage you to see Howl Arts beautiful tribute to Jackie Curtis and Ethyl Eichelberger on now!
If you plan to come to the memorial please come early. Doors will open at 1:30pm and we must clear the theater promptly at 4pm and the building at 5pm
We are very grateful to LaMama Etc and Staff for this generous contribution and to Howl Arts and Culture Hub. Special Thanks to Steve Zehentner for organizing all the tech and video
I want to send an update on photographer Laura Rubin who photographed Holly so often
When I started Go Fund Me Laura weighed 97 pounds now thanks to your help she is up 10 pounds
Now diagnosed with Diabetes with severe osteo-arthritis and Lupus , having the security of the roof over her head and money for food has helped
There is still not enough money for medicine or Doctor and dentist visits but the most important thing is to keep Laura housed. Please read Laura's story and please consider donating - any amount helps. Laura is alone- all her friends have died...this community is all she has. xoxoxopenny
Here is another photo of Holly Woodlawn by Laura Rubin. Since February I have been managing Laura's Go Fund Me because she is too ill to do one. Laura is a great photographer, once part of the East Village who has been living in Mexico the past 15 years. Now close to 70, she is alone in Mexico, very ill with Lupus and other serious illnesses without any financial resources or help from family. Returning to the USA is impossible- there is nothing to return to . She is frightened and very sick. Please help me help her. She has no money for medicine or pain relief. This is a serious serious situation. Every amount helps. She is also in desparete need of dental care. Medical and dental care is not free in Mexico. Why should you help? Because there is no one else ! All amounts matter.
here is my update on Laura Rubin and one of her gorgeous photos of Mario Montez!
Think about going out to dinner drinks and dancing. Think about how entertaining going out for you is and then think about this woman who not only entertained us since the 60s but is a living legend who helped bring issues such as the Trans experience to the forefront without even knowing it. She was just always herself! Brave fearless and amazing! Stay in tonight and give Holly the basic gift of health where she gave us indulgences like uncontrolable laughter and joy!!!
Someone at the top of this thread the "Jenner Factor" I have written directly as I have the reach tonight to express what many here are feeling . I asked if he would be making a donation ( I suggested she could retire the balance so we can all relax about Holly's finances and focus on her comfort . I pointed out that he walks the Runway so freely yet in 1968 Holly marched into a jungle with no map or compass and paved a way for those who followed .The number of LGBT victims of hate crimes is large with the Trans Community suffering the most . Trans Kids are far more likely to be homeless ,attempt suicide and often succeed quickly or slowly.I reminded Caitlyn that her degree of "suffering " has greatly been diminished because of Holly Woodlawn and Trans diplomats of progress . I reminded her that if not for Holly ,that "Low Life in High Heels " Caitlyn would be shunned and alone rather than the "Toast of the Town " I'll follow up with any word from Caitlyn Jenner
Always remember The Queens - they were at the forefront of every rally starting way back in the 60’ - they got abused and beaten but tooth and and nails and tacco a spillo they were always there marching in the front line - we owe them so much - and we owe Holly! get better soon love! Adrian
Wednesday afternoon, Holly and I had a wonderful visit at the hospital. She was alert, effervescent, and in good spirits. I brought some photos. We reminisced and laughed about our crazy friends, and many of the madcap adventures we shared over the last 20+ years. Holly's condition has improved significantly since last week, when she was befuddled and quite disconnected. One of the doctors came to do some tests in her room just as I was leaving. Here's hoping for the best. Holly sends kisses and hugs to everyone, with love.
Dearest Holly, In memory of our many lunches in your place(s), of Sadie running around as we feasted and drank (and topped it off with the chocolate ganache cake you love). I send you love-love-love, healing energy, and big hugs. My love and admiration to you always. I want you safe and comfortable and upright, talking a mile a minute and ready for a refill, reclining on your sofa a la Cleopatra. You are and will always be the Queen of the Nile to me. You are loved. Know it, believe it, accept it, and know that it is true. You are more than a mere lyric in a popular song, more than an indie movie actress from an era when indie really WAS, and more even than your hilarious book "A Low Life in High Heels" suggests: you are YOU, a special, loving human being, a charmer of the first order, a rogue and scarlet woman, and a human being who showed so many others the beauty and fragility of being human and being honest with yourself. You have been without really knowing or understanding it a great teacher for so many young people you may never meet and yet so deeply affected. Like a Greek or Egyptian myth, your story will be told and retold for generations to come and you will inspire. You already have inspired, as this page so beautifully illustrates. Many thanks to Penny Arcade for setting this up and above all many thanks to you, dear Holly, for being the beautiful soul you are and have always been. Love love love to you from Ashley.
Doesn't have to be someone from a sexual-issues-bonded community - just non-bigoted people who love mind-blowingly talented actresses; great, great souls; great, great comediennes - Cukor (sic), Ellen, Oprah, Clooney, Fonda, Cher, Maclaine, Fey, etc. - "overly-affluent" smArtistic people generally (and if you don't love Holly, you're kinda don't qualify as actually smart). Anyone know if they know about Holly's sitch? Soon it will be on public radio, at the very least. BTW, Penny Arcade, thank you so much from all of us who love Holly! This modus brings in more than the money - love expressed. Thank-you.
Dearest Holly. You have been, and continue to be, one of the main inspirations for me and my work. I have written songs about you and marvelled at the sincerity of your work and the kindness of your soul. You have always confirmed that is is ok to be very different and be proud of it. We have hollered tunes together and laughed together and you have opened your heart to me. Get well soon please.
Sending love and best wishes to my dear idol and friend, Holly Woodlawn. She is not only an Andy Warhol Superstar, She's also a survivor and fighter. Looking back on some of our E-mails, it's really making me sad. I remember talking to her, asking for advice and she gave me the utmost support, to get that type of encouragement from one of my hero's is literally mind-blowing. I am so heartbroken to hear that she is very ill, i'm asking everyone to donate to this GoFundMe campaign that was set up so we can bring Holly home to rest and recuperate. She deserves the absolute best, because she is one of the greatest soul's the world has ever held. One day i really hope to personally meet Holly, one day that will happen. All my love, Matthew Xx
Penny… Thank you so much for your consistent and beautifully written updates over the past months. Sometimes, in our busy lives, we forget those who need to be remembered. You have given us all a regular reminder to keep Holly in our thoughts. I can only hope that when it is my turn to experience what Holly has been through, that I have at least one friend like you to help me through that difficult time. Your posts have made us all feel like we are a part of everything that has been going on. You, my friend, make the world a better place!