Enjoy Celebrity Radio’s Danny La Rue Life Story Interview RIP…..
Danny La Rue, OBE was one of the greatest performer of his generation.
Danny was an Irish-born British entertainer known for his singing and drag impersonations who shot to fame in the UK Music Halls.
La Rue was one of the most popular Stars in Pantomime.
Danny died in 2009 aged 81.
Hear Belfield’s chat in 1998….
Long before Lily Savage, La Cage Aux Folles or Priscilla Queen Of The Desert, there was Danny La Rue, Britain’s foremost female impersonator who single-handedly turned cross dressing into mainstream family entertainment.
Danny La Rue was born Daniel Patrick Carroll in Cork, Ireland, on 26th July 1927, the youngest in a family of 5. He was just 9 years old when he was brought to England by his widowed mother Mary, and the family settled initially in London.
However he was evacuated during the Blitz, and spent the next few years in the tiny Devon village of Kennford. He left school at 15 and worked in a fashion store in Exeter.
A term in the Royal Navy involved him in concert party entertainment and set acting career. Back in civvies, it was years of slogging away in repertory, and variety, taking him to almost every theatre in the provinces and affording him an invaluable, ringside view of all the biggest stars of the day.
Recorded by Alex Belfield for Celebrity Radio.