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Comedy Is a Drag

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But what was the all-time funniest gender-bending role? Certainly, Lemmon was great. He even earned an Oscar nomination. But who was the best? Take a look and vote. If your choice isn't on the survey, fill out the e-mail form at the bottom. The Wolf Files will report the results soon.

Top Gender Bender Comedies

Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis in Some Like It Hot: — After witnessing a gangland murder, two out-of-work musicians, Lemmon and Curtis, join an all-girl band led by Marilyn Monroe. Lemmon might not be the most comely of creatures, but he sure has a hard time fending off the guys.

He finally tells a would-be Romeo that he's just a female impersonator, but the suitor doesn't let up. He assures Lemmon that "Nobody's perfect." Film buffs, please note: Director Billy Wilder originally wanted Frank Sinatra and Mitzi Gaynor to play the roles that eventually went to Lemmon and Monroe.

Dustin Hoffman in Tootsie — If you can't get work as an actor, maybe you can become an actress. That's what Hoffman does, and he masquerades as soap opera sensation Dorothy Michaels. But getting in touch with his feminine side doesn't make it easier to lay his hands on Jessica Lange, who mistakes him for a lesbian.

Robin Williams in Mrs. Doubtfire — As a divorced man who can't bear to be kept away from his children, Williams dons a wig and pumps and gets hired as a British nanny. Slapstick fans will recall Williams' falsies catching fire when he leans over the griddle.

Milton Berle in The Texaco Star Theater — Uncle Miltie ruled TV in high heels and a skirt, his gruff voice often clashing with poorly applied, bright red lipstick. Berle was so popular, he appeared on the cover of Newsweek in the early 1950s as Latin singer Carmen Miranda, forever taking American drag comedy out of the closet.

Flip Wilson in The Flip Wilson Show — At a time when blacks rarely asserted control over a TV show, Flip Wilson created a sensation as the sassy "Geraldine" with an unseen boyfriend named "Killer." The vampish Geraldine told America, "What you see is what you get" — perhaps the most enduring catchphrase from the early 1970s.

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