The Limelight, Chelsea, No. 2
Marquee Night Club, Chelsea
Arriving Home
Leaving Home
Fez, Greenwich Village, No. 1
The Glamazons
Dollhaus Gallery Basement, Williamsburg
The Limelight, Chelsea, No. 1
Backstage with Protégées
“Hollywood” Tribute to Dixie Evans
With Bambi the Mermaid, Backstage at Deitch Projects
Circus Sideshow Dressing Room, Coney Island
Fishing for Martini Olives in Panties
Shoot the Arrow
East Village, No. 1
With Karl Giant, No. 1
To Ray, Love *BOB*
Night Clubbing, No. 2
Fez, Greenwich Village, No. 2
Home, in Bikinis
Cherry Grove, Fire Island No. 1
With Mr. Means
Home, in Panties
Laundromat, Greenpoint
Lorimer Street, Williamsburg
Sutton Street
Film Shoot, Chinatown, No. 3
Backstage at Galapagos Art Space, Williamsburg
with Jordana Kaplow and Melissa Dadourian
Film Shoot, Chinatown, No. 1
National Arts Club Drawing Class, Gramercy Park
Tompkins Square Library Drawing Class, East Village
Backstage, Times Square
Backstage at Deitch Projects, SoHo
Backstage Partition, The Tides, Fire Island
French Sailors, The Knitting Factory, Tribeca
Making the Bed
Before Bed
Waiting for Northside Car Service
Home, No. 1
Nighttime, with Movie Star
Winter Morning
Home, with Movie Star
Salvation Army, Williamsburg
9:30 a.m.
With Pete
Stage Entrance

The World Famous *BOB* is a female burlesque dancer based in Brooklyn who is a central part of the neo burlesque movement that began in New York City in the 1990s. Raised on an isolated 115-acre farm in the California Valley, she renamed herself “Bob” after Robert Smith of The Cure when she was a teenager and was later crowned “The World Famous *BOB*”—now her legal name—by her drag mother, Jackie Beat, when she performed in her first Wigstock. Born female, she nevertheless aspired to be a drag queen from a young age, which led to years of searching for her true gender identity, drug abuse, hustling, and alienation from family. A self-described “female-female spiritual transsexual,” this intense, often painful personal journey eventually drew her to burlesque, which allowed her to embrace her femininity in a way that finally made her comfortable. She currently shares her life story with college students in a highly moving, theatrical one-person show, “One Man Show: The True Story of Miss World Famous *BOB*,” in order to spread a message of hope and survival to the younger queer and queer-friendly community.

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