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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.

JUNE 24, 1994: SYDNEY, NSW. Entertainer Carlotta...
By Roy Haverkamp
03 July, 1994
JUNE 24, 1994: SYDNEY, NSW. Entertainer Carlotta...
By Roy Haverkamp
24 June, 1994
SEPTEMBER 5, 1991: SYDNEY, NSW. (L-R) Colette...
By Mark Williams
05 September, 1991
AUGUST 14, 1991: SYDNEY, NSW. Entertainer Carlotta...
By Chris Pavlich
14 August, 1991
AUGUST 14, 1991: SYDNEY, NSW. Entertainer Carlotta...
By Chris Pavlich
14 August, 1991
AUGUST 14, 1991: SYDNEY, NSW. Entertainer Carlotta...
By Chris Pavlich
14 August, 1991
AUGUST 14, 1991: SYDNEY, NSW. Entertainer Carlotta...
By Chris Pavlich
14 August, 1991
AUGUST 10, 1991: SYDNEY, NSW. Entertainer Carlotta...
By Stuart St Baker
10 August, 1991
AUGUST 10, 1991: SYDNEY, NSW. Entertainer Carlotta...
By Stuart St Baker
10 August, 1991
AUGUST 10, 1991: SYDNEY, NSW. Entertainer Carlotta...
By Stuart St Baker
10 August, 1991
AUGUST 10, 1991: SYDNEY, NSW. Entertainer Carlotta...
By Stuart St Baker
10 August, 1991
AUGUST 10, 1991: SYDNEY, NSW. Entertainer Carlotta...
By Stuart St Baker
10 August, 1991
AUGUST 2, 1989: SYDNEY, NSW. (L-R) Jackie, Les...
By Gregg Porteous
02 August, 1989
AUGUST 2, 1989: SYDNEY, NSW. (L-R) Carlotta, Les...
By Gregg Porteous
01 August, 1989
JUNE 21, 1989: SYDNEY, NSW. (L-R) Maude Daggart...
By Paul Hutton
21 June, 1989
JUNE 19, 1987: SYDNEY, NSW. Entertainer Carlotta...
By David Motte
19 June, 1987
JUNE 19, 1987: SYDNEY, NSW. Entertainer Carlotta...
By David Motte
19 June, 1987
MAY 11, 1975: SYDNEY, NSW. Entertainer Carlotta...
By News Ltd
11 May, 1975
JULY 11, 1974: SYDNEY, NSW. Entertainer Carlotta...
By Wal Harrison
11 July, 1974
JULY 11, 1974: SYDNEY, NSW. Entertainer Carlotta...
By Wal Harrison
11 July, 1974
JULY 11, 1974: SYDNEY, NSW. Entertainer Carlotta...
By Wal Harrison
11 July, 1974
JULY 11, 1974: SYDNEY, NSW. Entertainer Carlotta...
By Wal Harrison
11 July, 1974
JUNE 6, 1974: SYDNEY, NSW. (Back L-R) Carly, Sue...
By Neville Whitmarsh
06 June, 1974
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