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Max’s Icon: Holly Woodlawn

Max’s Icon: Holly Woodlawn

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.’”

Learn more about Holly’s life and career HERE

Photo by Jack Mitchell, 1970