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Jim Bailey - Supreme Illusionist (Just ask Liza)

by BeBe Sweetbriar
Friday Aug 16, 2013

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?

Based out of San Francisco, BEBE SWEETBRIAR is the Omni Present Drag Chanteuse. As an entertainer and hostess, BeBe can be scene every week hosting and performing at countless events and parties in the San Francisco. One of the few drag personalities to sing live while performing, BeBe has literally graced every notable stage in San Francisco, bridging many gay sub-community gaps. She has also been the opening act for Destiny’s Child Kelly Rowland, "Ugly Betty’s" Alec Mapa and Dance Diva Kristine W. Adding recording artist to her list of performance accomplishments in 2008 with the release of her first single "Save Me", Ms. Sweetbriar will soon release her fifth dance single in 2012 called "Show It Off"..
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.


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