Legendary Chrysis Picture

Chrysis and Salvador Dali at Le Cirque Chrysis and Salvador Dali
From Page Six, New York Post

Chrysis and Nick Nolte on the set of Q&AChrysis and Nick Nolte on Q&A set
Photo courtesy of Tish Touchette

Chrysis and Lisa Edelstein entertain for a
homeless benefit at The World
Chrysis and Lisa Edelstein
From DETAILS Magazine


New York City Persona Extra Ordinem
Salvadore Dali confidante, Entertainer, Ray of Light

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 revue.

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 world.

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.

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