Dorian Corey in a still from the 1990 documentary Paris is Burning.

Dorian Corey (circa 193729 August 1993) was an American transgender performer and designer featured in the 1990 documentary Paris Is Burning.

Corey grew up in Buffalo, New York. After study at the Parsons School of Design, she toured in the 1960s in the Pearl Box Revue, a cabaret drag act.[1]

Corey died of AIDS at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in Manhattan.[2]

After Corey's death, a mummified body with gunshot wounds was found in her belongings.[3] A note attached to the body said, "This poor soul broke into my apartment and I was forced to shoot him."[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Cunningham, Michael (May 1998). The Slap of Love. Open City, volume 6
  2. Staff report. (August 31, 1993). Dorian Corey Is Dead; A Drag Film Star, 56. New York Times
  3. Edward Conlon. The Drag Queen and the Mummy. Transition, No. 65 (1995), pp. 4-24

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