Homage to Hollywood – Hollywood Hotel : Pt 1

On Saturday night we went to "Homage to Hollywood’ at the Hollywood Hotel some of Sydney’s best and legendary cabaret and drag performers had gathered at the Hollywood Hotel to pay tribute to its landlady, the remarkable Doris Goddard.with performances by some of Sydney’s best and iconic female impersonators, culminating in a special finale featuring the iconic legend Carlotta.

Mementoes of Goddard’s career in showbiz are displayed proudly on the wall, but otherwise there isn’t too much fancy about the Hollywood. There are a few beers on tap, a healthy selection of bottled beer and a surprisingly good wine list. The decor's faded a little, but the dimly-lit front bar – with its swirling mirror ball and comfy booths – is an awfully pleasant place to get the lowdown from your friends or to discuss your latest project.

In memory of the much loved Labor luminary who died aged 89, Heckler will include a portrait of Hawke taken by leading photographer Nicholas Samartis, as part of its ‘Iconicity’ projection display which has been running throughout Vivid at the iconic Hollywood Hotel in Surry Hills.

The picture with accompanying Hawke quote: ‘The world will not wait for us’, Bob Hawke.

This is the preamble before the performances...they will be part 2 and tomorrow


Doris Goddard ( on the left ) a long time Sydney Identity and owner of Hollywood Hotel raised the glass ceiling for women in Sydney.

Leaving Sydney as a young woman, she broke into the film industry in England and performed cabaret around the world. She returned to Australia and has since become one of the oldest female publicans in the State.

Over the years she has written and performed her own music and been published also.

This series of live performances is an ode to Goddard’s original compositions and incorporates leading drag figures from Sydney.

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  1. What an extraordinary night. A homage to not only Doris, but to the magic years of Les Girls in the cross with Carlotta and other iconic performers from that time.

    Many a memory evoked of visits to Les Girls – amazing costumes, brilliant performances – so much fun. It was so sad that it all closed down.

    But pay a visit to Hotel Hollywood ….. a wonderful slice of history where Doris is determined to stop wowserism and keep Sydney night life vibrant ….

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