Wednesday, August 31, 2011

R.I.P. Paris Dupree

The last of the legends from Paris Is Burning has passed away. Paris Dupree is gone - joining Pepper LaBeija, Angie & Venus Xtravaganza, Dorian Corey, Willie Ninja and Octavia St. Laurent in that Grand Ballroom in the Sky.

From Next Magazine (via Lady Bunny):
The ball community mourns the passing of original house mother Paris Dupree, the namesake of the landmark documentary Paris Is Burning.  
In New York’s drag ball world, Paris Dupree was considered a legend among legends. As the founding mother of the House of Dupree, she was an inimitable force, an iconic figure who mobilized young, urban gays to express themselves in ways that mainstream America could not quite understand. That is until the release of Jennie Livingston 1990 documentary Paris Is Burning, which was named after one of Dupree’s grand balls. 

Tens across the board, Paris - you earned it.



Amber LeMay said...

Double D -
Thank you for sharing this. We've often spoke of our mutual fondness and admiration for "Paris is Burning." We named ourselves "The House of LeMay" because of it. I'll be posting something about this later today.


AGB said...

Lawd, lawd, lawd, all the old soldiers are going home!!!

Sweet mother Paris take yo rest, we all luved u, but Gawd luved you best!!!

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