There are people in the world who have lived to an extent that they become endlessly fascinating, dropping incredible stories from their lips every time they talk. Such a person was Vicki Marlane, also known as “the Girl with the Liquid Spine.”
But another title she might’ve earned is “Hardest Working Girl in Drag.” A performer since the 1950s, good grief, she was a staple of the San Francisco drag scene up until her passing in 2011. She worked in a traveling carnival; she was a call girl; she was a community leader; she was drag royalty.
And now, at last, she’s moved from carnival sideshow attraction to museum exhibit. The phenomenal GLBT History Museum in San Francisco is mounting a much-deserved exhibition of memorabilia. Long in the works, Vicki Marlane: I’m Your Lady opened Friday and runs until Feb. 28. Pop by 4127 18th St. to check it out.
And Vicky’s legacy doesn’t end there: local organizers are petitioning the city rename a block of Turk Street, where she once performed at Aunt Charlie’s, after her.