Treat yourself to a manipedi, Gentle Reader, if you instantly recognized Bernadette, Felicia & Mitzi as the drag queens played so unforgettably by Terence Stamp, Guy Pearce & Hugo Weaving… in – TA-DAH! – The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.
Here’s some good Priscilla trivia. Do you know the characters’ full names?
Anthony ‘Tick’ Belrose –– Mitzi Del Bra
Adam Whitely –– Felicia Jollygoodfellow
Ralph Waite –– Bernadette* Bassenger
*Bernadette is transgender and she is known only as Bernadette in the film.
(And yes, that is the name of the late actor who played Papa Walton. Coincidence?)
Now, are you ready for some news that will really blow yer skirts up?
No, you’re not. But I’m gonna give it to you anyway. Sit down.
Priscilla is <gasp!> 20 years old.
Touch the pearls!
I know. I know. How can it be? It was only yesterday…
It was 1994. The year the boys on the bus rolled across the Outback and into our hearts. Ironically, that was also the year that the Pentagon instituted “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”. Isn’t it nice to know who won that battle? Hard to believe both were happening at the same time. Here’s the original movie trailer. Enjoy!
Credit where credit is due: My blog-friend Halim in Singapore alerted me to this cinematic and cultural milestone with this excellent post. Check it out, as he pays tribute to these wonderful actors and all the other roles they went on to play after Priscilla – which is mindblowing!
Happy birthday, Priscilla. You haven’t aged a minute.
The End (so far)