Photograph: "Leigh Shannon as Bette Midler" (1999)

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Photograph: "Leigh Shannon as Bette Midler" (1999)


"Photograph of Leigh Shannon as Bette Midler by Loc Robertson. Photograph was taken at Shannon's store Ritzy Rags, Orlando. On photograph there's a handwritten note stating:
"To Out & About, The Best! To Miss Betty the only one?
Love Leigh"

Sponsored by the Cactus Club, ""Men in Heels 2000"" was a calendar tribute to iconic American stars which featured local female impersonators. Profit obtained was given to The Serenity House Pediatric AIDS Foundation.

Marty Fugate Jr. or known through his female impersonation as Leigh Shannon, is an Ordained Minister, Actor, Stand Up Comic, Narrator, Director, and Business Owner. Originally from Louisville, Kentucky where he also graduated from its university, Fugate Jr. set his business Ritzy Rags Wigs in 1982 in Orlando, Florida. In addition to Ritzy Rags Wigs store, Fugate Jr. extensive work has also produced and directed: Leigh Shannon’s Cabaret Dinner Show, Wild Wednesday’s at once Revolutions Nightclub, Leigh Shannon’s Studio 55, and was a cast member of An Evening at LaCage as Patsy Cline and Stevie Nicks, The Footlight Players at Parliament House and The Downtowner in Louisville, Kentucky. Leigh Shannon has won Miss Metropolitan Continental Elite, Miss Kentucky (America and USofA), Miss Mid-West (USofA), Miss North Florida, Miss Central Florida, Miss Mid-Florida, Miss South Florida and has won Entertainer of the Year (The Dixie Awards), The Spectrum Awards and the Head of the Community Awards. In addition, Shannon was 1st Runner-up for: Miss Florida-USofA, Miss Central South-USofA, Florida Entertainer of the Year Nomination and Spectrum Awards of 1998 and 1999. Although known as Mr. Leigh Shannon, he is known for his celebrity impersonations like Bette Midler and Elton John."


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Loc Robertson , “Photograph: "Leigh Shannon as Bette Midler" (1999),” LGBTQ History Museum of Central Florida - Digital Archive, accessed April 16, 2024,