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Charles Pierce (July 14, 1926 – May 31, 1999) was one of the 20th century's foremost female impersonators, particularly noted for his impersonation of Bette Davis. Life and career Born in Watertown, New York, he began his show business career playing the organ and acting in radio dramas at station WWNY. He branched out into a comedy routine, attired in tuxedo, yet managing to evoke eerily convincing imitations of popular movie actresses. Eschewing the term drag queen, which he hated, he billed himself as a male actress. Initially playing in small gay clubs, his fame spread. He took up residence in San Francisco, where his act became well known to Hollywood stars. As he toured, his costuming became more elaborate, initially adding small props, later full costume and makeup changes. His imitations were imitated by other female impersonators, and his roles included Bette Davis, Mae West, Tallulah Bankhead, Gloria Swanson, Carol Channing, Katharine Hepburn, and Joan Crawford, and these roles became the drag queen canon. His act was centered on wit rather than mimicry; however, it often was said that he looked more like Joan Collins than Joan Collins herself. Carol Channing was one of two Hollywood celebrities Pierce "impersonated" who actually saw his act. She went backstage after a show at Gold Street in San Francisco (c. 1972) and said "Cheee-yarles: you do me better than I do!" The other star was Bette Davis who was snuck into the Studio One Backlot to see his show in the late 1970s. According to Pierce's longtime stage manager and dresser Kirk Frederick in his 2016 authorized Pierce biography, Davis was unimpressed with Pierce's portrayal and refused to go backstage after the show to greet Charles, saying "There is only one female impersonator who does me right, and his name is Arthur Blake." Pierce was never told Davis had attended the show. Shortly after the incident, Pierce was introduced to Davis at a private event through Geraldine Fitzgerald, a mutual friend. Frederick reports that Davis brushed off Pierce with the same reference to Blake but didn't mention attending the show. He performed at many clubs in New York, including The Village Gate, Ted Hook's OnStage, The Ballroom, and Freddy's Supper Club. His numerous San Francisco venues included the Gilded Cage, Cabaret/After Dark, Gold Street, Bimbo's 365 Club, Olympus, The Plush Room, the Venetian Room at the Fairmont Hotel, Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall, and the War Memorial Opera House. He was a guest actor on an episode of TV's Wonder Woman and played a cross-dressing villain in an episode of Laverne & Shirley ("Murder on the Moose Jaw Express"). Thanks in part to his good friend actress Dixie Carter, Pierce also appeared on an early episode of the sitcom Designing Women as a steward on a cruise ship. During the episode, he imitates Joan Collins (as the ship's waitress) and Bette Davis (as the ship's lounge entertainment). As Davis, he quips: "Was that Joan Collins hustling the tables? One bitch on this boat is enough!" He died in North Hollywood, California, aged 72, and was cremated. His memorial service at Forest Lawn Memorial Park was carefully planned and scripted by Pierce before his death. Among those attending his memorial was his friend Bea Arthur, who closed with "I’ll See You Again." His ashes were interred in the Columbarium of Providence, Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.In Bea Arthur's Tony Award-nominated one-woman show, Just Between Friends, which she played on Broadway and in London's West End, Arthur performed "A Mother's Ingenuity", Pierce's favorite joke. It can be heard in the cast recording. Filmography Discography For Pierce'd Ears (live San Francisco performance), Wanda Records MP2101 Les Natali presents Charles Pierce. Recorded live at Bimbo's, San Francisco- Blue Thumb Records- BTS-30 -1970References External links Charles Pierce at IMDb A Charles Pierce tribute site http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/p15799coll4 ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, University of Southern California Digital Archives Write That Down! The Comedy of Male Actress Charles Pierce, Page 82, Havenhurst Books, 2016 ASIN 0982285388 "Collection Guide: Pierce (Charles) Photographs, Papers, Costumes, and Memorabilia". ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives. Online Archive of California. Charles Pierce Papers, 1954-1998, *T-Mss 1998-008, Billy Rose Theatre Division, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts "Charles Pierce: a male actress to remember". The Bay Area Reporter. Wallraff, John (2002). From Drags to Riches: The Untold Story of Charles Pierce. Psychology Press. ISBN 978-1-56023-386-2.

The Perfect House (A Jessie Hunt Psychological Suspense Thriller—Book Three)

The Perfect House (A Jessie Hunt Psychological Suspense Thriller—Book Three)

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In THE PERFECT HOUSE (Book #3), criminal profiler Jessie Hunt, 29, fresh from the FBI Academy, returns to find herself hunted by her murderous father, locked in a dangerous game of cat an...

Cause to Fear (An Avery Black Mystery—Book 4)

Cause to Fear (An Avery Black Mystery—Book 4)

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The Perfect Wife (A Jessie Hunt Psychological Suspense Thriller—Book One)

The Perfect Wife (A Jessie Hunt Psychological Suspense Thriller—Book One)

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Criminal profiler in training (and newlywed) Jessie Hunt, 29, discovers that dark secrets lurk in her new suburban town; when a body turns up dead, she finds herself caught in the crossha...

Once Taken (a Riley Paige Mystery—Book 2)

Once Taken (a Riley Paige Mystery—Book 2)

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Cause to Kill (An Avery Black Mystery—Book 1)

Cause to Kill (An Avery Black Mystery—Book 1)

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Once Trapped (A Riley Paige Mystery—Book 13)

Once Trapped (A Riley Paige Mystery—Book 13)

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Once Cold (A Riley Paige Mystery—Book 8)

Once Cold (A Riley Paige Mystery—Book 8)

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Once Craved (a Riley Paige Mystery—Book 3)

Once Craved (a Riley Paige Mystery—Book 3)

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Before He Feels (A Mackenzie White Mystery—Book 6)

Before He Feels (A Mackenzie White Mystery—Book 6)

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From Blake Pierce, bestselling author of ONCE GONE (a #1 bestseller with over 900 five star reviews), comes book #6 in the heart-pounding Mackenzie White mystery series. In BEFOR...

A Trace of Crime (a Keri Locke Mystery--Book #4)

A Trace of Crime (a Keri Locke Mystery--Book #4)

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A Trace of Vice (a Keri Locke Mystery--Book #3)

A Trace of Vice (a Keri Locke Mystery--Book #3)

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Before He Needs (A Mackenzie White Mystery—Book 5)

Before He Needs (A Mackenzie White Mystery—Book 5)

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From Blake Pierce, bestselling author of ONCE GONE (a #1 bestseller with over 900 five star reviews), comes book #5 in the heart-pounding Mackenzie White mystery series. In BEFOR...

A Neighbor’s Lie (A Chloe Fine Psychological Suspense Mystery—Book 2)

A Neighbor’s Lie (A Chloe Fine Psychological Suspense Mystery—Book 2)

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Before He Sins (A Mackenzie White Mystery—Book 7)

Before He Sins (A Mackenzie White Mystery—Book 7)

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From Blake Pierce, bestselling author of ONCE GONE (a #1 bestseller with over 900 five star reviews), comes book #7 in the heart-pounding Mackenzie White mystery series. In BEFOR...

Murder (and Baklava) (A European Voyage Cozy Mystery—Book 1)

Murder (and Baklava) (A European Voyage Cozy Mystery—Book 1)

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Cause to Run (An Avery Black Mystery—Book 2)

Cause to Run (An Avery Black Mystery—Book 2)

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“A dynamic story line that grips from the first chapter and doesn't let go.”  --Midwest Book Review, Diane Donovan (regarding Once Gone)  From #1 bestselling ...

A Trace of Murder (A Keri Locke Mystery--Book #2)

A Trace of Murder (A Keri Locke Mystery--Book #2)

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“A dynamic story line that grips from the first chapter and doesn't let go.” --Midwest Book Review, Diane Donovan (regarding Once Gone) From #1 bestselling mystery auth...

A Murder in Paris (A Year in Europe—Book 1)

A Murder in Paris (A Year in Europe—Book 1)

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Before He Covets (A Mackenzie White Mystery—Book 3)

Before He Covets (A Mackenzie White Mystery—Book 3)

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From Blake Pierce, bestselling author of ONCE GONE (a #1 bestseller with over 600 five star reviews), comes book #3 in the heart-pounding Mackenzie White mystery series. In BEFOR...

The Perfect Lie (A Jessie Hunt Psychological Suspense Thriller—Book Five)

The Perfect Lie (A Jessie Hunt Psychological Suspense Thriller—Book Five)

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A Trace of Death (A Keri Locke Mystery--Book #1)

A Trace of Death (A Keri Locke Mystery--Book #1)

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Face of Death (A Zoe Prime Mystery—Book 1)

Face of Death (A Zoe Prime Mystery—Book 1)

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Before He Sees (A Mackenzie White Mystery—Book 2)

Before He Sees (A Mackenzie White Mystery—Book 2)

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From Blake Pierce, bestselling author of ONCE GONE (a #1 bestseller with over 600 five star reviews), comes book #2 in a heart-pounding new mystery series. In BEFORE HE SEES (A M...

Before He Takes (A Mackenzie White Mystery—Book 4)

Before He Takes (A Mackenzie White Mystery—Book 4)

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From Blake Pierce, bestselling author of ONCE GONE (a #1 bestseller with over 800 five star reviews), comes book #4 in the heart-pounding Mackenzie White mystery series. In BEFOR...

Once Pined (A Riley Paige Mystery—Book 6)

Once Pined (A Riley Paige Mystery—Book 6)

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Once Hunted (A Riley Paige Mystery—Book 5)

Once Hunted (A Riley Paige Mystery—Book 5)

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Once Lured (a Riley Paige Mystery—Book 4)

Once Lured (a Riley Paige Mystery—Book 4)

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The Perfect Affair (A Jessie Hunt Psychological Suspense Thriller—Book Seven)

The Perfect Affair (A Jessie Hunt Psychological Suspense Thriller—Book Seven)

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Blake Pierce: Mystery Bundle (Before He Kills, Cause to Kill, Once Gone, A Trace of Death, Watching and Next Door)

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A six book mystery bundle by #1 bestselling author Blake Pierce, author of ONCE GONE, a #1 bestseller with over 1,000 five star reviews! Here is a bundle of the first books in si...

Cause to Hide (An Avery Black Mystery—Book 3)

Cause to Hide (An Avery Black Mystery—Book 3)

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Watching (The Making of Riley Paige—Book 1)

Watching (The Making of Riley Paige—Book 1)

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Left To Run (An Adele Sharp Mystery—Book Two)

Left To Run (An Adele Sharp Mystery—Book Two)

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“When you think that life cannot get better, Blake Pierce comes up with another masterpiece of thriller and mystery! This book is full of twists and the end brings a surprising revelation....

Next Door (A Chloe Fine Psychological Suspense Mystery—Book 1)

Next Door (A Chloe Fine Psychological Suspense Mystery—Book 1)

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Once Gone (a Riley Paige Mystery—Book 1)

Once Gone (a Riley Paige Mystery—Book 1)

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If She Saw (A Kate Wise Mystery—Book 2)

If She Saw (A Kate Wise Mystery—Book 2)

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A Trace of Hope (a Keri Locke Mystery--Book #5)

A Trace of Hope (a Keri Locke Mystery--Book #5)

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“A dynamic story line that grips from the first chapter and doesn't let go.” --Midwest Book Review, Diane Donovan (regarding Once Gone) From #1 bestselling mystery auth...

Almost Gone (The Au Pair—Book One)

Almost Gone (The Au Pair—Book One)

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If She Knew (A Kate Wise Mystery—Book 1)

If She Knew (A Kate Wise Mystery—Book 1)

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Once Stalked (A Riley Paige Mystery—Book 9)

Once Stalked (A Riley Paige Mystery—Book 9)

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Once Lost (A Riley Paige Mystery—Book 10)

Once Lost (A Riley Paige Mystery—Book 10)

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Left To Die (An Adele Sharp Mystery—Book One)

Left To Die (An Adele Sharp Mystery—Book One)

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If She Ran (A Kate Wise Mystery—Book 3)

If She Ran (A Kate Wise Mystery—Book 3)

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Once Buried (A Riley Paige Mystery—Book 11)

Once Buried (A Riley Paige Mystery—Book 11)

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Once Forsaken (A Riley Paige Mystery—Book 7)

Once Forsaken (A Riley Paige Mystery—Book 7)

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The Perfect Alibi (A Jessie Hunt Psychological Suspense Thriller—Book Eight)

The Perfect Alibi (A Jessie Hunt Psychological Suspense Thriller—Book Eight)

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“A masterpiece of thriller and mystery. Blake Pierce did a magnificent job developing characters with a psychological side so well described that we feel inside their minds, follow their f...

The Perfect Smile (A Jessie Hunt Psychological Suspense Thriller—Book Four)

The Perfect Smile (A Jessie Hunt Psychological Suspense Thriller—Book Four)

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In THE PERFECT SMILE (Book #4), criminal profiler Jessie Hunt, 29, fresh from the FBI Academy, is assigned a disturbing new case: a woman in her 30s has been murdered after using a dating...

The Perfect Block (A Jessie Hunt Psychological Suspense Thriller—Book Two)

The Perfect Block (A Jessie Hunt Psychological Suspense Thriller—Book Two)

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In THE PERFECT BLOCK (Book #2), rookie criminal profiler Jessie Hunt, 29, picks up the pieces of her broken life and leaves suburbia to start a new life in downtown Los Angeles. But when ...

If She Hid (A Kate Wise Mystery—Book 4)

If She Hid (A Kate Wise Mystery—Book 4)

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“A masterpiece of thriller and mystery. Blake Pierce did a magnificent job developing characters with a psychological side so well described that we feel inside their minds, follow their f...

Before He Kills (A Mackenzie White Mystery—Book 1)

Before He Kills (A Mackenzie White Mystery—Book 1)

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From #1 bestselling author Blake Pierce comes a heart-pounding new mystery series. In the cornfields of Nebraska a woman is found murdered, strung up on a pole, the victim of a d...

The Perfect Look (A Jessie Hunt Psychological Suspense Thriller—Book Six)

The Perfect Look (A Jessie Hunt Psychological Suspense Thriller—Book Six)

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“A masterpiece of thriller and mystery. Blake Pierce did a magnificent job developing characters with a psychological side so well described that we feel inside their minds, follow their f...