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Already as a young man he showed talent for the theatre, dancing and singing. By pure luck, of which he seemed to have had a lot, he got a contract with a theatre in Stockholm and that was the beginning of his world tour. At this stage he was performing as a man and as a woman. However, with reviews saying that he was the most beautiful of the ballerinas he was advised to stick to the female performance. With another dancer, Fanny Holmgren, he went to Helsinki in Finland were they performed together and took lessons. His extraordinary talent included ballet dancing, yes dancing on the toes, which is very difficult for a man. He could also perform singing both in his natural baritone and in a female soprano.
It was not easy for him to dress up as a woman. He used a corset to reduce his waste from natural 95
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The couple met some of the great artists of their time like Enrico Caruso, Sarah Bernardt, Anna Pavlova, Charlie Chaplin and many others.
John Lind died in 1940 in relative obscurity. He is probably more known internationally than he is in Sweden. Modern days impersonators like Danny La Rue looked at Lind as an inspiration and he is part of the history of female impersonators and drag queens. His wife Stephanie, outlived him until 1973. Look at the pictures! I would have like to see him perform.