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Lee, Tracey, 1933-
Tracey Lee papers, photographs and sound recordings, ca. 1930s-1989
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1.11 metres of textual, graphic material and sound recordings (8 boxes)
Administrative / Biographical Note
Tracey Lee (born Maxwell Ritchie in 1933) won first prize in a talent quest in a Manly Theatre dressed as Carmen Miranda. While still at high school, his mother took him to see the all-male Kiwi Revue, a New Zealand troupe of ex-servicemen, with three female impersonators. His own career as a female impersonator began in the 1950s at Sydney's Artists Balls and his first professional part in 1953, at the Stork Club (Tom Ugly's Point). The character `Tracey Lee' was created in 1959 while working at Andres, one of Sydney's top nightspots. He performed all around in the world in many famous caberets, Carrousel, Drap D’Or on the Champs Elysees, Follies Pigalle, L’Indifferant and Chez Nous in Berlin. He starred in many stage musicals including Hello Hollywood with Normie Rowe (1975) and appeared as a television and film actor for The Set (1970), Demolition (1978) and one episode of Chopper Squad (1978). Reference: SL magazine, Vol. 3, no. 4 (Summer 2010/2011) I dared to be different : an autobiography / by Tracy Lee (Parts 1 and 2)
This collection of material largely comprises photographs and news clippings covering the career of Tracey Lee from the 1950s through to the 1980s. BOX 1 Typed manuscript for `I dared to be different : an autobiography / by Tracey Lee (Parts 1 and 2). Includes a letter from Tracey Lee to Dorothy Lamour with her signature and approval to write a forward. News clippings, theatre programmes and flyers concerning publicity, 1973-1989 BOX 2 1 folder of photographs, 1930-1989? 2 photograph albums, 1963-1980 BOX 3 Scrapbook containing photographs, newsclippings and theatre programmes, 1950-1976 1 cartoon of Tracey Lee drawn and signed by Tony Rafty, 1979 3 flyers for The Importance of Being Ernest at the Bondi Pavilion Theatre, 1986 1 programme for the movie The Set (1976) 1 signboard promoting Noel Harrison and Tracey Lee in the cabaret `Room at the Top’, 1963 BOXES 4-6 Albums of photographs, 1930s-1989
Transferred from Dennis Wolanski Library of the Performing Arts, Sydney Opera House in 1997.
For a detailed content list of the performance tapes (Boxes 7
- 8) contact Manuscripts Section
Entertainers, Australian -- 20th century.
Female impersonators -- Australia.
Performing arts -- Australia.
Theater programs -- Australia.
Transvestism -- Australia.
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