Eddie Izzard Defines Drag and Explains How He’s Like George Washington

[from Vanity Fair]

Very little in life came easily for the British comedian and actor Eddie Izzard. When he was six, his mother died of cancer, and shortly thereafter he was sent away to boarding school. He suffered from dyslexia and had an incurable penchant for cross-dressing. After spending years struggling to make ends meet as a street performer, he began to get noticed in London’s comedy clubs and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Izzard’s breakthrough in the U.S. came in the late 1990s with his Dress to Kill comedy tour (broadcast on HBO in 1999). More recently, he delivered a tour de force performance as Charlie Chaplin in Peter Bogdanovich’s Old-Hollywood mystery The Cat’s Meow, was part of the ensemble cast of Ocean’s Twelve and Ocean’s Thirteen, and starred in the FX Network original series The Riches. A documentary about his life, Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story, is out now on DVD.

I met Izzard, who was looking very smart in a jacket and tie (no eyeliner), at the Downtown Standard hotel in Los Angeles. He was in town preparing to host the Independent Spirit Awards, which will be broadcast this Friday—live and unedited—on the IFC Channel.


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