Jim Bailey - Supreme Illusionist (Just ask Liza)
Those Millennials and Gen Xers may have been introduced to the art of female impersonation (aka "drag") from the publicized career of drag supermodel, actor, recording artist, and reality TV giant RuPaul.
But, before Ru became a downtown NYC celebrity in the 1980s, there was Jim Bailey. 20 years earlier he pioneered his way into fame with on-spot impersonations of Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand, Peggy Lee, Mae West, Marilyn Monroe (plus others) on the stages of Carnegie Hall, London's Palladium, and Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. Bailey has also performed before the British Royal Family and four U.S. Presidents. Isn't that enough to make Bailey the first drag superstar?
As an actress, BeBe was introduced to film with a lead role in the independent film "Under One Sun" with her character dealing with religious, racial and gender issues. Additionally, she appeared in the campy musical "Devious, Inc" (Australian Film Festival, San Francisco Short Film Fest) also adding additional vocals to the musical soundtrack. Both of these performances led to her selection for a lead role in Aisha Media’s next short film series, "Con-tin.u.um" to be released in 2012.