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Carlotta May Be Sequinned, But Not Shy

Carlotta May Be Sequinned, But Not Shy

Who: Carlotta
Where: Belmont 16ft Sailing Club
When: Saturday November 22, 2003

ONE thing you could never accuse CARLOTTA of being is shy.

As one of the country's most recognised television personalities, Carlotta became the first person in Australia to have a publicly recognised sex change.

Also known for her work with the extravagant stage revue LES GIRLS , Carlotta helped set the fashion standard for drag queen culture and pushed for its acceptance in society.

Starting as a performer in the first Les Girls show, Carlotta went on to become the show's main attraction with her witty commentary.

Carlotta continued with Les Girls for 26 years until finishing in 1992.

In her top-selling 1994 autobiography He Did It Her Way: Carlotta, Legend of Les Girls, she describes her stint as a star in the i amous soapie a Number 96 a .

Playing the role of a female, Carlotta was forced to hide her true identity from viewers.

`` Number 96 was my first real acting job and I was petr ied,'' Carlotta said.

``What made it worse was they kept me locked up on set because my true identity was supposed to be a secret.

'' Luckily Carlotta didn't have to hide her true self when she joined the Channel 10 program Beauty and The Beast in 2000.

Carlotta's popularity with Beauty and The Beast viewers was apparent soon after she joined the show.

Her profile reached such heights she was announced as a coach for a 2000 Olympic Games demonstration sport.

Stating that ``Sydney is the cross-dressing capital of Australia, not the world,'' MICHAEL KNIGHT named Carlotta as the coach for the Australian cross- dressing team.

Dressed in a green and gold sequined dress with Aboriginal mot s, Carlotta named events such as the sprint in four-inch heels, wearing a skin-tight evening dress to the marathon and four- hour make-up sessions.

Carlotta came under fire from Christian Democratic politician FRED NILE , who was opposed to including drag queens in Olympic ceremonies.

Carlotta will be the star of the show when she presents CARLOTTA'S PRISCILLA SHOW to BELMONT 16FT SAILING CLUB for two performances next month for the club's annual Christmas celebrations.

The show offers plenty of glamour and costumes as well as performances from male revue THE PLAYGIRLS .

Carlotta's Priscilla Show will appear at the club on November 22 and 29 and tickets are $47.

50, including a three-course dinner and entertainment.

The club will also host ROY COOPER'S ROCK'N'ROLL CIRCUS on December 6, 13 and 20.

For bookings, contact the club on 4945 th0888.

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