American Masters

Jean Malin: Queen of the Pansies

Special | 5m 57s | Video has closed captioning.

Jean Malin was one of the first openly gay performers in the Prohibition era during the "pansy craze" of the early 1930s. Malin stood six feet tall, weighed 200 pounds, and had a wavy crop of blonde hair to die for. Although he was effeminate and a female impersonator, he was known to put hecklers and homophobes in their place with his wit — and his fists!

Aired: 09/03/21

Rating: NR

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