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Where are the cast of Paris Is Burning now?

It’s nearly 30 years since the release of one of the most important documentaries about the LGBT+ community. Released in 1990 Paris Is Burning documents the lives of the New York ball culture and the African-American, Latino, gay, and transgender communities involved in it.

Where are the cast of Paris Is Burning now


The film, by Jennie Livingston, focuses on the lives of eight individuals. Most of the film’s stars are now dead and many died from AIDS-related illnesses.


Dorian Corey 1937 – 1993

Drag queen performer and mother and founding member of the house of Corey. She was the house mother of Angie Xtravaganza, who went on to form her own House of Xtravaganza.
Corey died in 1993, three years after the film’s release. She died of an AIDS-related illness  in New York at the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center


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3 thoughts on “Where are the cast of Paris Is Burning now?

  1. The documentary came at a crucial time in all the lives of all people living an alternative life style.Thank you. The film helped us to love and remember who we are, not what they claimed, something dirty, unworthy.They are not the only ones
    We did the same to each other. By the way my name is Gerald Len “Parris” Oklahoma native, Americanand Proud. Parris is still Burning!!♎


  2. It’s a great film! It is sad that most are dead, but they left behind a legacy. They introduced us to the ballroom scene which was underground and broke it to life. Thank you pioneers!!! RIP legends

  3. It’s so sad that most are dead. It’s really poignant and watching the film knowing that most would be dead within a few short years is desperately sad. We must never forget the AIDS epidemic and how it killed so many glorious people. Also RIP to Venus Xtravaganza. It’s a crime that your killer(s) have never been caught or brought to justice.

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