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Lou Reed's Walk On The Wild Side" Inspiration Dies

Holly Woodlawn, the transgender actress whose story is told in the first verse of Lou Reed's 1972 hit "Walk on the Wild Side" has died.

Born in Puerto Rico, she moved to Miami Beach as a child. In the song, Reed sings about her journey to New York at age 15: "Holly came from Miami, FLA/ Hitchhiked her way across the USA/ 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.'"

After reaching the Big Apple, Woodlawn became one of Andy Warhol's so-called "superstars," co-starring in his early 1970s films Trash and Women in Revolt. She also acted in the music video for Madonna's "Deeper and Deeper" and more than 20 other movies. In 2014, she appeared in two episodes of the TV series Transparent.

Woodlawn died Sunday of cancer in Los Angeles at age 69.

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