Darcelle XV Cause of Death, Bio, Age, Wife, Children, Net Worth
Walter Cole, formerly known as Portland's illustrious drag queen Darcelle XV, has passed away. She was the oldest drag queen, a pillar of Portland. Although she is no longer physically present, her cabaret will continue to carry on her legacy in Portland.
What Happened to Darcelle XV?
According to a Facebook post from his nightclub, Walter Cole, better known as Darcelle, was a well-known drag Queen in Portland. He was 92.
Darcelle XV Showplace's Facebook post reads the following statement,
The family of Darcelle XV along with her cast and crew are heartbroken to announce that our beloved Darcelle (Walter W. Cole, Sr.) has died at age 92 from natural causes. We ask for privacy and patience as everyone processes and grieves in their way and at their own pace. Details of a public memorial will be announced as soon as they are confirmed. All shows at Darcelle XV Showplace will go on as scheduled per Darcelle's wishes. Please join us and celebrate her legacy and memory, thank you in advance for your continued support.
Darcelle XV Cause of Death
The renowned drag queen was a pioneering performer in Oregon and an advocate for LGBT rights. Darcelle, also known as Walter W. Cole Senior, was the longest-running female impersonator in the country.
She was also a longtime business owner in Old Town Portland whose support for gay rights began at a time when homosexual acts were prohibited and gays and lesbians were subject to legalized discrimination.
Darcelle became an “ambassador” to the straight community as the movement for LGBTQ rights gained momentum and was well-known for her charity endeavors for many years.
As per the official reports, it was confirmed that the queen passed away due to natural causes at the age of 92. “Details of a public memorial will be announced as soon as they are confirmed. All shows at Darcelle XV Showplace will go on as scheduled per Darcelle's wishes.
To bring back the La Femme Magnifique pageant, which had been suspended for two years owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, she wore her edgy blonde wig and a glitter-covered gown last fall. She told OPB last year that up until the pandemic, Darcelle XV Showplace had never shut its doors.
”We had some tough times. … But you know what was so wonderful? My staff stayed with me, and when we reopened, they were all there. I love them.”
Over more than a year, “Oregon Experience” crews documented Darcelle at a variety of events, both public and private. They captured behind-the-scenes moments and gathered hundreds of images and film clips spanning decades. Watch the resulting insiders' look at the legendary Portlander.
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Who was Darcelle XV?
Walter W. Cole, a drag queen, performer, and owner and operator of a cabaret in Portland, Oregon, used the stage name Darcelle XV from November 16, 1930, until March 23, 2023.
His 57-year career as an artist at the time of his death earned him the title of oldest drag queen performer from Guinness World Records in 2016. Cole was born in 1930 and grew up in Portland, Oregon's Linnton district. He was called a “four-eyed sissy boy,” a bashful person.
After being released from the US military in the late 1950s following the Korean War, he lived a “normal” life in southeast Portland with his wife and two children. He characterized himself as having “a crew cut and horn-rimmed spectacles” and stated that he worked at a Fred Meyer store. Military funding assisted him in launching commercial endeavors.
Darcelle XV Showplace
Cole first bought a coffee shop called Caffé Espresso, which later moved and grew to incorporate a jazz club called Studio A in the basement. He bought a bar in northwest Portland in 1967, and it later changed its name to Darcelle XV Showplace.
At the age of 37, Cole donned her first female garment. He created the persona of Darcelle by 1969 and came out as gay. While working alongside Darcelle at the Showplace as a choreographer, show director, performer, bookkeeper, office manager, and payroll accountant, he separated from his wife and started dating Roxy Neuhardt. Together they remained up until Neuhardt's passing in 2017.
Cole as a performer
Cole formed his alter ego Darcelle and came out as gay. Cole had a passion for performing and had previously worked at Portland Civic Theater. Denise Darcel, a French actress, and singer are honored with the appellation “Darcelle.”
Darcelle wore dazzling attire, jewelry, and fake eyelashes. Darcelle's demeanor was described by Cole as having “sequins on the eyelids, lots of feathers, big hair, enormous diamonds, and lots of wisecracks.”
Actors at Darcelle XIV Showplace lip-synced to get around an Oregon regulation that forbade the use of more than one instrument during shows. After Neuhardt and another man performed a “ballet-like adagio,” the establishment was punished.
Darcelle participated in social events throughout the city. He won the city's Spirit of Portland Award in 2011 and served as grand marshal of the Starlight Parade at the Portland Rose Festival.
In 2011, Cole and Sharon Knorr released his autobiography, Just Call Me Darcelle. The book recalls Cole's life, including his upbringing, time in the military, and his role as Darcelle.
A film titled Maisie was released in 2021. This featured Maisie Trollette, the stage name of English drag performer David Raven. He will age 85 in 2021 and is now the oldest drag performer in the UK. Raven had met Darcelle at the Brighton Hotel, and Maisie had met him at Legends in Brighton.
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