Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Danny la Rue, Comic in a Frock, Dies of Cancer

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Danny la Rue, Comic in a Frock, Dies of Cancer

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Byline: Rashid Razaq

VETERAN entertainer Danny La Rue has died at home.

The 81-year-old was suffering from cancer and died in his sleep.

Known for his drag act, La Rue started out in Soho nightclubs before becoming a household name on television in the Sixties.

La Rue, whose real name was Daniel Carroll, stopped performing after a stroke in 2006. He came to be one of the most successful female impersonators.

He made a career out of his vaudeville drag act although he disliked being called a drag artist, preferring the term "comic in a frock".

Among those to have praised him throughout his 60-year career were Noel Coward who once described him as: "The most professional, the most witty... and the most utterly charming man in the business."

Bob Hope is also said to have called him: "The most glamorous woman in the world."

La Rue was born in Cork, Ireland, the youngest in a family of five.

Aged nine, he was brought to England where the family settled in London. …

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