23 May 1958, Belleville, Illinois, USA. DeLaria was raised in East St. Louis where her father played piano in a local jazz band. Becoming prominent in the world of lesbian stand-up comedy, DeLaria gained a reputation for her raunchy persona and the barbed political commentary that formed the core of her act. This controversial aspect of her work attracted attention outside the gay and lesbian community. Integrated into her stand-up comedy routines were musical numbers and, unusually for the genre, she focused on jazz. Among her comedy releases are Bulldyke In A China Shop and Box Lunch. She is also co-author with Maggie Cassella of a humorous book, Leas Book Of Rules For The World. From the mid-90s onwards her acting career became central and she has enjoyed success in New York where she gained a good following. Stage musicals in which DeLaria has appeared, in some instances on Broadway, include the 1999 revival of On The Town and the 2000 revival of The...