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Bunny Breckinridge
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Bunny Breckinridge in Plan 9 from Outer Space.
Born John Cabell Breckinridge
(1903-08-06)August 6, 1903
Paris, France
Died November 5, 1996(1996-11-05) (aged 93)
Monterey, California
Education Eton College
Oxford University
Spouse(s) Roselle du Val de Dampierre
(m. 1927; div. 1929)
Children Solange Breckinridge
Parent(s) John Cabell Breckinridge, Sr.
Adelaide Murphy

John Cabell "Bunny" Breckinridge (August 6, 1903 – November 5, 1996) was an American actor and drag queen, best known for his role as "The Ruler" in Ed Wood's film Plan 9 from Outer Space, his only film appearance.

Early life[edit]

Breckinridge was born in Paris, France to Adelaide Murphy and John Cabell Breckinridge, Sr. (1879–1914), a wealthy Californian family.[1] He was the great-great-great-grandchild of U.S. Attorney General John Breckinridge (and the great-grandchild of both U.S. Vice President and Confederate general John C. Breckinridge and Wells Fargo Bank founder Lloyd Tevis). He spent time at Eton College and Oxford University in England.[2]

Career[edit]

Plan 9 from Outer Space[edit]

Bunny Breckinridge in Plan 9 from Outer Space

In 1958, Breckinridge agreed to play the role of an alien leader in the film Graverobbers from Outer Space (later retitled Plan 9 from Outer Space), directed by his friend, Ed Wood. Wood and Breckinridge were introduced to one another by their mutual friend Paul Marco, who played Kelton the Cop in three Wood films.

Breckinridge and Marco were living together in the latter's modest home at the time, despite the fact that he was a struggling B-movie actor and Breckinridge was an independently wealthy socialite. David Demering, who played the airplane co-pilot in the film, also lived with them.

Breckinridge's previous stage experience convinced Wood to cast him as the alien ruler who oversees an attempt to take over the Earth using an army of reanimated corpses. Indeed, his background made him one of the few truly experienced actors in the entire cast. Dressed in a pajama-like outfit which is curiously less ornate than those worn by his underlings, he sports very visible mascara and lipstick, and constantly rolls his eyes and mugs for the camera.

Later years[edit]

Breckinridge continued his theatrical career throughout the 1950s, but in small local productions, such as playing the role of The Inquisitor in Richard Bailey's production of The Lark in Carmel.

By 1980, Plan 9 from Outer Space had amassed a cult following among B-movie buffs as the "worst film ever made", making Breckinridge's name known to a new generation. Meanwhile, he returned to stage acting, appearing mostly in local productions in San Francisco.

In 1994, Breckinridge was surprised to find himself portrayed as a character in a major motion picture, played by Bill Murray in Tim Burton's 1994 biopic Ed Wood.[2] His advanced years and failing health, however, prevented him from participating in any of the publicity surrounding the film.[3]

Personal life[edit]

In 1927, while working as a drag/burlesque entertainer in Paris, he married Roselle du Val de Dampierre (1903-1999), the daughter of Robert Henri du Val de Dampierre, a French Count, and Marie du Val de Dampierre (née Serailler). They divorced two years later, but had one daughter:

  • Solange Breckinridge, who married Comte Lionel de Bruchard. She later married Prasad.[4]

Breckinridge maintained homes on each coast – one in New Jersey and one in San Francisco.

He died on November 5, 1996 at age 93, in a nursing home in Monterey, California. He was quoted in his obituary as saying, "I was a little bit wild when I was young, darling, but I lived my life grandly."[5]

Sexuality[edit]

Openly gay[6] at a time when it was daring (and even dangerous) to be so, he was well known for his flamboyant lifestyle, his outrageous sense of humor, and his penchant for perfume and costume jewelry. He performed in Shakespearean plays in England before moving to San Francisco in the late 1920s. He also frequently performed in drag.

In 1955, he was arrested in a San Francisco waterfront bar and charged with vagrancy and jailed, though the charges were later dropped because of his family and wealth.

In 1959, shortly after Plan 9 From Outer Space's disappointing release, Breckinridge was convicted on ten counts of "sex perversion" for taking two underage boys on an excursion to Las Vegas. He was committed to the Atascadero State Hospital for the criminally insane, and released the following year.[5]

Upon his release, he returned to his San Francisco home, a Spanish style bungalow adorned with gold framed photographs of the many celebrities he met and befriended, including Princess Margaret, Noël Coward, J. Edgar Hoover, Elvis Presley, and Ed Sullivan. Breckinridge frequently opened his home to members of the growing hippie movement, who were enthralled not only by his stories of his flamboyant youth, but also his favorable opinions on free love and his encyclopedic knowledge of both gay history and the lives of closeted Hollywood stars.

Gender identity[edit]

In the 1940s, male-to-female sex change operations were becoming more widely available in Europe, and Breckinridge expressed many times his desire to undergo the procedure.[3] With the nationwide attention given to Christine Jorgensen's sex change in 1952, Breckinridge became more determined than ever to begin transitioning. In 1954, he announced plans to travel to Denmark and undergo the operation so he could marry his male secretary.[6] Though Breckinridge was by this time a grandparent, his granddaughter supported him in his efforts. Shortly thereafter, a San Francisco judge scuttled his Denmark trip by ordering him into court for failing to make good on an earlier agreement to pay $8,500 a year to support his elderly, blind mother in England. He then made arrangements with a sex-change surgeon in Mexico, but had a serious car accident while traveling there. He gave up his pursuit of the matter afterwards.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Samuel Green Murphy". www.thepeerage.com. The Peerage. Retrieved 10 November 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c Burroway, Jim (August 6, 2016). "Born On This Day, 1903: John “Bunny” Breckinridge". Box Turtle Bulletin. Retrieved 10 November 2016. 
  3. ^ a b MEYEROWITZ, Joanne J. (2004). How Sex Changed. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press. ISBN 9780674013797. Retrieved 10 November 2016. 
  4. ^ "OBITUARY -- John `Bunny' Breckinridge". SFGate. November 9, 1996. Retrieved 10 November 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "John `Bunny' Breckinridge". November 6, 1996. Archived from the original on February 4, 2013. Retrieved 2014-12-27. John 'Bunny' Breckinridge, an eccentric and troubled San Francisco millionaire who entertained grandly, served time in jail for vagrancy and was sued by his mother for lack of support, died Tuesday, November 5th, 1996 of heart failure in a Monterey nursing home. He was 94. ... 
  6. ^ a b Meyerowitz, Joanne Jay (2002), How Sex Changed: A History of Transsexuality in the United States, Harvard University Press, p. 84, ISBN 0-674-01379-4 

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