Know your herstory, children! Legendary drag performer Vicki Marlane is being honored next year at San Francisco’s GLBT History Museum with a new exhibit, “Vicki Marlane: I’m Your Lady.”
The illustrious performer known as “The Girl With The Liquid Spine” started in circus sideshows until she became a San Francisco gay bar staple in the 1950s and ’60s. She continued giving devastating performances well into her 70s, until her death in 2011.
Though known for uniting San Francisco’s trans and gay communities, Marlane knew how to read a bitch—she dripped with well-worn wit and a healthy dose of joyful cynicism, leaving an indelible mark on drag culture.
The exhibition includes “programs dating back to the early 1960s, jewelry, high heels, a wig and a stunning gold dress that Marlane wore in her last decade as a performer onstage at Aunt Charlie’s,” explains curator Don Romesburg. “Even Vicki’s medical marijuana card will be on display.”
Many items come by way of fellow performer Felicia Elizonda, who says Marlane “didn’t care if people called her a ‘drag queen’ or however they wanted to label her, as long as she could perform and be onstage.”
“I’m Your Lady” opens February 28.
Below, check out photos of Vicki Marlane from the exhibition
Vicki Marlane appearing as “Mr. Peel” at the Diplomat Club in Detroit in the early 1960s. Photo: Courtesy Felicia Elizondo.
Vicki Marlane performing as “The Girl With the Liquid Spine” in the early 1970s. Photo: Courtesy Felicia Elizondo.
Vicki Marlane performing at Aunt Charlie’s Lounge in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District in 2003. Photo: Courtesy Felicia Elizondo.
h/t: SF Examiner