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was the articulate elder stateswoman of the New York City ball scene
featured in the 1990 documentary Paris is Burning
. When she died
in 1993, police found the body of a murdered man 15 years mummified
in her apartment.
In December 2008, a message popped up
in a thread
from 2007 at the Motherboards
, a forum dedicated to NYC nightlife and alternative lifestyles. It was posted by a man claiming to be the off-duty police officer who found the body in Corey's apartment after she died. He says he wants to set the record straight
, though according to most sources I can find (including the Cunningham article linked below), Corey did that herself with a note that said that the man broke into her apartment and she was forced to murder him. Unfortunately, what is likely the most definitive article
on the debacle appears to be unavailable online.
, brought to the surface of culture by Madonna
, originated in the ball culture. Though Dorian herself was of the older Vegas showgirl-inspired feathers and sequins school (so she says in Paris is Burning
), she too could vogue
with the best of them.
According to the Village Voice
, Paris was still burning circa 2001: In reality, Madonna's video and Livingston's film were station stops on a cultural continuum, affectionate but voyeuristic peeks into a tradition dating back to the 19th century and going strong into the 21st.
Even 16 years after the documentary Paris Is Burning shed light on New York City's gay underground house ball scene, misconceptions linger about the scene's past, present and future.
author Michael Cunningham writes about Angie, Dorian, and the ball and house
cultures in The Slap of Love
Consider another tragedy
of racial, class, and sexual subordination–the life and death of Venus Xtravaganza
(Dorian Corey's voice narrates the beginning of the clip and describes the Realness category in the balls), a young, poor, Puerto Rican, transsexual male
[also] featured in the film Paris is Burning