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RuPaul Charles

A major media presence thanks to his outgoing persona and campy theatrics, RuPaul was a popular attraction on 90's dance floors, scoring several club hits with hi-NRG Euro-disco pop. Born Rupaul Andre Charles, he grew up in San Diego, learning fashion tips from his mother and three sisters. After spending some time selling used cars in Atlanta, he moved to New York and immersed himself in the club scene of the ‘80's. By the early ‘90's, Rupaul had begun performing and signed a contract in 1991 with hip-hop label Tommy Boy Records. RuPaul's debut album, Supermodel of the World, garnered three #1 Billboard maxi-single chart hits and the single Supermodel (You Better Work) met with amazing club success.

Rupaul's work in music is varied. He was a featured artist on The Addams Family Values soundtrack, and later recorded with Elton John for the legend's Duets album. The single Don't Go Breaking My Heart was an instant smash hit throughout Europe and the US and the duo performed the song all over the world. Other work includes the Christmas album Ho, Ho Ho, a joint venture with Rhino Records and VH-1; a duet with Martha Wash It's Raining Men, The Sequel and his sophomore album Foxy Lady through Rhino Records.

Rupaul's bigger-than-life persona caught the attention of the Hollywood film community and it wasn't long before he segued into the world of acting. His film work includes Smoke, Too Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything! Julie Newmar, Blue in the Face, The Brady Bunch Movie, A Very Brady Sequel, Wigstock: The Movie, Fled, A Very Brady Sequel, Red Ribbon Blues, But I'm A Cheerleader, Wayne Wang's Blue in the Face and The Eyes of Tammy Faye and his autobiography, Lettin It All Hang Out, available on Hyperion Books, is currently being made into a movie.

His talk show, The RuPaul Show, aired three times per day, six days per week on VH1. Other television credits include the Christmas special Rupaul's Christmas Ball for English TV and the special Motown 40: The Music Is Forever, along with appearances on Sister, Sister, In The House, The Crew, Nash Bridges, All My Children and the Emmy-nominated A Mother's Prayer.

RuPaul continues to travel the world as the First Face of MAC, the cosmetics company to the stars. He currently co-chairs the MAC AIDS Fund, an organization that has raised over 10 million dollars for AIDS Charities. When he leaves his beloved New York, fans are able to visit his life size wax portrait at New York Madame Tussaud Wax Museum.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2002.

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