Female Impersonators

Julian Eltinge: Vaudeville's Most Famous Female Impersonator by David Soren

Julian Eltinge (Newtonville, Massachusetts, May 14, 1883 - New York, March 7 1941) was the most famous female impersonator of the 1910s and 1920s, so famous that the Eltinge Theatre in Manhattan was named after him and has a portrait of him in relief as a Muse on its auditorium ceiling. From his early childhood, Eltinge knew that he was what used to be called "different" and by his later teens he was already appearing regularly in drag in minor revues. In 1904 he appeared inĀ Mr.