SAVANNAH, Ga. – The Lady Chablis, the transgender performer who became an unlikely celebrity for her role in the 1994 best-seller “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,” died Thursday in Savannah, her family said.
The sassy, blunt-spoken Chablis rode the book’s popularity to a level of fame that was rare for transgender performers at the time.
Chablis insisted on playing herself in 1997’s “Midnight” movie directed by Clint Eastwood.
In his book, Berendt describes first meeting Chablis as she left a doctor’s office following her latest estrogen injection.
Chablis had performed at Club One in downtown Savannah since its opening day in 1988, said Hall, the nightclub’s co-owner.
“The Lady Chablis, who stole hearts – and the spotlight – in ‘Midnight In The Garden of Good and Evil,’ passed this morning surrounded by friends and family,” Club One said in a statement Thursday.