An alien ruler in a cult film

From Camille Paglia’s introduction to Gore Vidal’s 1968 hit, Myra Breckinridge, written for a new printing of the novel:

…[Vidal] admitted taking inspiration from John “Bunny” Breckinridge, a wealthy drag queen from a prominent American political family whose sex change in Mexico was aborted by a car accident.

A passage worthy of the late master, followed by this exquisite morsel:

Breckinridge played an alien ruler in the cult film Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959) and would become a stylish fixture of hippie-era San Francisco.

For some reason, Ed Wood doesn’t get mentioned by name: perhaps Paglia felt it would be overkill. The creator of Glen or Glenda next to the creator of Myra and Myron? Too much.

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