Tuesday, October 25, 2022

I Love A Success Story - Christer Lindarw (Swedish)

Christer Lindarw


Stana introduced us to Christer Lindarw, Swedish clothes designer, actor and professional femulator a few weeks back.  Wow what a success story and a beauty.  

Christer Lindarw was born on March 3, 1953 in Eskilstuna, Södermanlands län, Sweden. He is an actor, known for Melodifestivalen 2004 (2004), Gäster med gester (1982) and Jacobs stege (1985).

Wikipedia tells us this about the career:

Lindarw was born in Eskilstuna, Södermanland County. He was educated at Beckmans designhögskola in Stockholm. His 1976 stage debut was as Zsa Zsa Shakespeer in Wild Side Story at Alexandra Charles's club, and he staged his first major production at Hamburger Börs in 1980 together with Roger Jönsson and Lars Flinckman, Lindarw's future co-star of many years from stage shows with their group After Dark. After Dark participated in Melodifestivalen with the song La dolce vita and placed third in the final in Globen.

 Lindarw interest for drags shows started after an masquerade where the theme was reversed gender roles. On Jönsson's recommendation he had started to appear in drag in 1976. 

Lindarw hosted shows at the nightclub Shazam for a few months and then started the dragshow group After Dark and opened his own nightclub with the same name at David Bagares gata in Stockholm. The group had its big breakthrough called Förför Sverige i tiden at Hamburger Börs.

After Dark (Christer Lindarw)

Christer Lindarw also started designing dresses for his friend Lill Lindfors, one being the dress that accidentally "fell off" her during her introduction at the Eurovision Song Contest 1985.

After Dark
In 2017, Lindarw performed the surprise finale number, imitating Queen Silvia of Sweden, during the annual televised show in Öland for Crown Princess Victoria's 40th birthday. In the fall of 2016 Bonniers had published a lauded book about his life. 

Simultaneously, Lindarw began another media-praised show tour around Sweden, with him alone leading his cast; all sold out, it wrapped up a year later at Oscarsteatern in Stockholm, also ending the four decades of successful performances of After Dark.

Outside Sweden Christer Lindarw is known mainly for performances in California and Spain and for clothes he has designed for international celebrities such as Diana Ross.

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