|Birth: ||Apr. 29, 1961|
|Death: ||Jul. 28, 2002, USA|
Born as Richard Henson on April 29, 1961, Tara Richmond began practicing the art of female illusion at the age of 18 when she became a cast member at the Twilight Lounge. While a cast member at the Twilight, Tara was taken under the wing of Brandy Lamonte, who then became her "Drag Mother". After holding the position of Show Director at the Grotto II, Tara then went into retirement for over 8 years.
Returning to the stage in April 1996, Tara was crowned Miss Mardi Gras in 1997. Tara was also crowned Miss Columbus Gay Pride in 1998, and reigned as the first Miss Ohio Gay Pride also in 1998. This title afforded Tara the honor of performing at the 1999 Gay Pride Celebration in Columbus, Ohio
Tara was then crowned Miss Gay Columbus America 1999 as well as Miss Remo's 1999. With the support of Remo's, Hidden Woman, Tremont and South Bend Tavern, Tara competed in the 2000 Miss Gay Ohio America Pageant. Winning the categories of Creative Fashion and Evening Gown. Tara placed as First Alternate, qualifying her to compete in the National Miss Gay America Pageant. Tara was then crowned Miss Wall Street 2001, and competed again for the Title of Miss Gay Ohio America in 2001. Winning the category of Evening gown, Tara placed again as First Alternate, qualifying her to compete a second time in the national Miss Gay America Pageant.
Tara was also the first winner of the Spotlight Magazine Award for Best Female Illusionist, and was also honored with the Golden Teddy Bear Award by the Columbus Centurions for her outstanding fundraising efforts. Tara was Show director at Tremont, South Bend Tavern, Remo's, Garret's Saloon, Club Utopia and Woody's. Tara hosted Shows at Tabu' every other Saturday Night with her friend, Brazon, and performed regularly at Pyramid and the Columbus Eagle. Tara also held the position of Events Director for Hidden Woman where she hosted the Hidden Woman Rising Star and Hidden Woman Search for the Stars which was a talent contest showcasing new female impersonators.
Tara traveled throughout Ohio and West Virginia performing in various clubs and Pageants. It was not unusual for Tara to perform every night of the week. A witty comedienne and a wonderful dancer, Tara loved the stage and enjoyed
Tara, affectionately referred to as the "Queen of the South".
Sadly, Tara died unexpectedly of a heart attack on July 28, 2002 at the age of 42. Tara is survived by a daughter, 2 sisters, a brother and a very loving family in addition to a group of very dear friends and many adoring fans who keep her name and memory alive. Tara is very much missed, and we are very proud to have her as our first Miss Ohio Gay Pride celebrating 10 years this year as a Miss Ohio Gay Pride. We honor and respect the legend that is Tara Richmond, Miss Ohio Gay Pride 1998
HENSON Richard L. Henson, age 41, unexpectedly Sunday, July 28, 2002. Local entertainer and active in numerous charities. Preceded in death by parents Franklin and Mary Henson. Survived by daughter, Tara ''Nicki'' Henson; partner of 17 years, Ray Glenn; sisters, Denice (Ernie) Rader, Lori Currell; brother, Jeff Henson; numerous Nieces, Nephews, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, and Friends; special friend, Pat Wood.
Created by: Chargrr
Record added: Sep 07, 2007
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