The International Chrysis was born on a hot June morning
1951 in New York City. Growing up was not easy for Chrysis as a child
and a teenager she was cruelly committed to institutions for being transgendered.
Her family disowned her but Chrysis never let that keep her down or
affect her kind nature.
She can first be seen in the movie "The Queen",1968
dancing in rehearsal, being fitted for a gown and when the beauty contestants
are arriving International Chrysis is entering in a black gown and heavy
eye makeup. In the late 60's and 70's she started to keep company
with Salvador Dali and his wife Gala. Chrysis inspired Dali creatively,
he sketched her numerous times through the course of their friendship.
There were many fun parties at Le Cirque with Dali and company. At
one party he asked everyone to mention a word that began with the letter
T. And proceeded to write a book with all the words beginning with
the letter T. Dali and Gala were very much in love, when she died
he was never the same.
International Chrysis headlined the 82 Club, The Blue
Angel, La Cage Aux Folle, La Vie En Rose and the Jewel Box Revue nightclubs,
NYC. In Europe she headlined L'Ange Bleu, Paris; Chez Nous and Chez
Romy Haag, Berlin; and Carouselle, Switzerland in the 70's.
Chrysis appeared on the original "Anthology"
album cover for Kool and The Gang later released as "Hollywood Swinging"
in 1995 by Polygram Records, Chrysis can be seen on the right in a fur coat
and leather pants. In 1978, Chrysis graced the silver screen once
more in "How To Pick Up Girls!" starring Desi Arnaz, Jr.
Her sparkling vivacious smile and warm personality lit up every scene.
In the early 80's Chrysis kicked a drug habit that
had haunted her for years. With her new outlook on life International
Chrysis entered a new phase. She performed at Wigstock and regularly
appeared at Boy Bar, Danceteria, Limelight, the Palladium, the Pyramid Club
and the Rainbow Grill in Rockefeller Center. Starring in the Broadway
show "Alcazar De Paris", Chrysis
charmed audiences with her wonderful performances in the 1988 Parisienne
In 1990 International Chrysis appeared opposite
Nick Nolte and Armand Assante in the film "Q&A" directed by
Sidney Lumet. Playing the role of a suspect's girlfriend, Chrysis
brought sensitivity and tenderness to a tough and hard role.
After filming that summer she started to experience
health problems culminating in a diagnose of lung cancer on Christmas 1989.
The end came March 26, 1990 surrounded by long time friends on a cold
icy day where the world was made just a little bit sadder and lost a beacon
of light. International Chrysis was that ray of light, that spark
with a smile bringing warmth and kindness in a sometimes cold and uncaring
The memorial service was held at the Church Center
for the United Nations at UN Plaza. Hundreds of friends, professional
colleagues and admirers attended to say goodbye to a kind soul who entertained
and gave of herself to the public. At the 1990 Wigstock in Tompkins
Square Park hundreds of people released balloons in memory of International
Chrysis and Ethel Eichelberger (very talent NYC performer).
A documentary called "Split" was released about Chrysis which contains some inaccuracies(the floor wax statement among others) but is worth viewing. This is a very brief biography the International Chrysis performed in many theatrical productions and charity events.