Crisp, Quentin

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Quentin Crisp
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Crisp, Quentin Gender: M
Pratt, Denis Charles
born on 25 December 1908 at 12:30 (= 12:30 PM )
Place Carshalton, England, 51n22, 0w10
Timezone GMT h0w (is standard time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Fisher
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 03°21' s_mo.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 00°17 Asc.s_aricol.18.gif 25°15'


British character, the gay author of "The Naked Civil Servant." He "came out" in 1931 in the streets of London as an effeminate, mincing, limp-wristed queen with blue hair and vermilion lips, make-up and jewelry. Noted for years as being a local character, he was harassed, ridiculed and beaten up.

A fourth child with two older brothers and one sister, he grew up greedy for continual attention. He spent most of his life in London, living in the same room for 33 years and working at a variety of jobs, mostly in art layout. When he published his autobiography in 1968, he became a celebrity, a cult personality from the '20s to the '70s.

By the late '90s, insisting on flagrancy, he glided through the streets of his adopted New York as his own private stage. Witty and flamboyant, he described himself as the "mother superior of homosexuality."

At 90, he returned to England for a visit and died of a heart attack the first night on his native soil, 11/21/1999, Manchester, England.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • compare to chart of Hurt, John (born 22 January 1940)


  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1968 (Autobiography)
  • Misc. : Released from waiting 1931 (Came out sexually)

Source Notes

David Fisher quotes Zerda Barlow for "about 1:00 PM" from Crisp, AFA DX 1984. Richard Geyman quotes him for "between Noon and 1:00 PM."


  • Passions : Sexuality : Homosexual male (Flaming queen)
  • Vocation : Art : Commercial artist (Layout and design)
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer (The Naked Civil Servant)
  • Lifestyle : Work : Many job changes (Variety of jobs)
  • Notable : Book Collection : Culture Collection
  • Lifestyle : Home : Same location lifetime
  • Family : Childhood : Order of birth (Youngest of four)
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 90)
  • Traits : Personality : Attention seeking (Makeup and jewelry)