Harvey Lee

Harvey Lee

Birth
Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas, USA
Death 4 Jul 1992 (aged 79)
Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas, USA
Burial Magnolia, Columbia County, Arkansas, USA
Memorial ID 21546691 · View Source
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Singer, Entertainer.
Born Harvey W Goodwin in Little Rock, Arkansas, he had a long career in female impersonation from 1933 until 1967, touring the United States and Europe and playing many of the most famous places of that era which specialized in female impersonators. He sang and danced to his own arrangements, never using a stage name other than "The Incredible Mr. Harvey Lee." His career officially began with an engagement at the Richman Club in New York in 1934, for which he left a government job, and in 1936 he had a role in the Warner Brothers Vitaphone short "The City Slicker." During various periods of his career he was said to resemble Jean Harlow, Betty Grable and Sally Rand, appearing many times in the company of a white Russian Wolfhound. He toured with the Jewel Box Revue and later his own company playing at the famous Finocchio's in San Francisco and the My-Oh-My Club in New Orleans, also touring Europe with stops in Paris and Hamburg. He appeared at a birthday ball for Franklin Roosevelt, Beaux Arts Balls in New York and the Mummers Parade. He celebrated 50 years as an entertainer with a final performance in 1984 in San Francisco. He retired to Little Rock in 1989 where he died in 1992. He was remembered by the famous Charles Pierce as being among the sweetest people in a profession known for its temperamental performers.


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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Harvey Lee (14 Aug 1912–4 Jul 1992), Find A Grave Memorial no. 21546691, citing Greers Chapel Cemetery, Magnolia, Columbia County, Arkansas, USA ; Maintained by Vincent Astor (contributor 46857808) .