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RuPaul Biography

Birth Name:
RuPaul Andre Charles
Birth Place:
San Diego, California, United States
Profession
Actor, singer, author, TV host

Fast Facts

  • Performed with the San Diego Children's Theater in 1972
  • Crowned Best Afro and Best Dancer of his ninth-grade class
  • First TV appearance was in 1982 on The American Music Show, a local public-access program
  • Made movie debut in the 1983 indie film The Blue Boy Terror
  • A year later was cast in Trilogy of Terror, which marked his first performance in drag
  • Wrote, published and distributed first autobiography If You Love Me, Give It to Me in 1984
  • Can be seen in the B-52s' 1989 video for "Love Shack
  • " Spokesmodel for M
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  • Throughout the 1980s found local success as a singer; gained national attention in 1993 with the tune he cowrote called "Supermodel (You Better Work)," which received an MTV Video Music Awards nomination for Best Dance Video
  • Cohosted a morning radio show in New York City in 1996
  • Received the 1999 Vito Russo Entertainer Award by GLAAD (the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) and in 2010 won honors from the group for reality program RuPaul's Drag Race

Awards

  • 2021Emmy-Outstanding Reality-Competition Program: winner
  • 2021Emmy-Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program: winner
  • 2021Emmy-Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program: winner
  • 2020Emmy-Outstanding Reality-Competition Program: winner
  • 2020Emmy-Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program: nominated
  • 2020Emmy-Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program: winner
  • 2020Producers Guild Awards-Outstanding Producer of Competition Television: winner
  • 2020National Television Awards-TV Judge: nominated
  • 2019Emmy-Outstanding Reality-Competition Program: winner
  • 2019Producers Guild Awards-Outstanding Producer of Competition Television: winner
  • 2019Emmy-Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program: nominated
  • 2019Emmy-Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program: winner
  • 2018Emmy-Outstanding Reality-Competition Program: winner
  • 2018Emmy-Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program: winner
  • 2017Emmy-Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program: winner
  • 2017Emmy-Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program: nominated
  • 2017Emmy-Outstanding Reality-Competition Program: nominated
  • 2016Emmy-Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program: winner
  • 2014Critics' Choice Television Awards-Best Reality Host: nominated
  • 2014Critics' Choice Television Awards-Best Reality Host: nominated

Relationships

  • Irving Charles -- Father
  • Georges LeBar -- Husband
  • Ernestine Charles -- Mother
  • Renae Ann Charles -- Sister
  • Renetta Ann Charles -- Sister
  • Rosalind Annette Charles -- Sister