Carol 'Carlotta' Spencer is an Australian transgender entertainer, cabaret performer and television personality, popularly known as the ‘Queen of Kings Cross’. Carlotta was born Richard Byron in Balmain, Sydney in 1943. She worked as a hairdresser before becoming an original member of the drag cabaret show ‘Les Girls’ in 1963, in the purpose built Les Girls nightclub in Sydney’s Kings Cross. Carlotta stayed with the show for 26 years, eventually becoming the show's compere and its most famous member. Having previously received breast implants in Hong Kong, Carlotta completed her transition in becoming one of the first three people to have sex-change operation performed in Australia at the Prince of Wales Hospital in 1972. In 1973 Carlotta was featured in six episodes of the soap opera, ‘Number 96’, under the actor pseudonym of Carolle Lea, as the first transsexual to play a transsexual character on television. She was one of the inspirations for the 1994 cult film ‘Priscilla, Queen of the Desert’. She retired from 'Les Girls' in 1992, and published her first autobiography two years later. For several years Carlotta appeared as a panellist on the television show 'Beauty and the Beast'. In 2003 she was featured on the television biography show, ‘This is Your Life’, and published a second, more explicit, autobiography. In recent years Carlotta has toured Australia with her own shows. In 2013, she became involved with the ABC as a co-producer and consultant on a television movie project based on her life.