Born Haroldo Santiago Franceschi Rodriguez Danhakl in Puerto Rico in 1946, Holly Woodlawn adopted her name from Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s main character Holly Golightly as well as an I Love Lucy episode where Lucille Ball takes a subway to Woodlawn, New York. According to Woodlawn’s biography, she left her home in Miami Beach when she was still in her teens and hitchhiked to New York.
The 16-year-old’s journey from Florida to New York was immortalized in song when Reed sang in 1972, “Holly came from Miami F-L-A / Hitchhiked her way across the U.S.A. / Plucked her eyebrows on the way / Shaved her legs and then he was a she / She says, ‘Hey, babe, take a walk on the wild side.’”
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Photo by Jack Mitchell, 1970