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Beverly LaSalle
Beverly LaSalle
Female impersonator "Beverly LaSalle" was a character who appeared in three episodes of All in the Family.
Personal Information
Gender: Male (dressed as a woman)
Born: 1938
Died December 1977
Occupation/
Career:
Female impersonator, cabaret performer
Character
description:
Drag queen, who at first fooled Archie when he performed life-saving CPR on him in his cab
Character information
Appeared on: All in the Family
Episodes appeared in: "Archie the Hero"
"Beverly Rides Again"
"Edith's Crisis of Faith (Part 1)" (Seasons 6-8)
Character played by: Lori Shannon (a.k.a. Don Seymour McLean)
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Beverly LaSalle was a transvestite entertainer whose life was saved by Archie after he performed CPR on him after he passed out in his taxicab in the episode "Archie the Hero" (Season 6). Beverly, who was played by an actual female impersonator and actor known as Lori Shannon, appeared in a total of three episodes in Seasons 6-8.

About Beverly[]

In his first appearance in the episode "Archie the Hero," Archie saved La Salle's life by giving him CPR, and assumed he was a woman. When LaSalle arrives at the Bunker house, he reveals he is not a woman, but a man who is a drag queen and dons a wig and a dress. Despite his crossdressing, LaSalle identified himself by his natural gender, and even made clear he was a man by taking off his wig and revealing he is partially bald in the front of his head. To save Archie from the prospect of public humiliation, LaSalle fabricates his story and tells a reporter from the The Long Island (NY) Daily Press that he did not give him CPR.

The character's second appearance was in the episode "Beverly Rides Again", where Beverly returns to invite Archie and Edith out to dinner, to celebrate the anniversary of Archie's heroic "kiss of life". Archie hesitates, then agrees, seeing this as a perfect opportunity to exact revenge on practical joker Pinky Peterson by inviting him as a "fourth", pairing him with Beverly and turning the dinner outing into a "double date". The third and final appearance occurs in "Edith's Crisis of Faith (Part 1)".

Beverly visits the family to invite them to him debut show at Carnegie Hall. After leaving the Bunker home, Beverly (dressed as a man) and Mike are attacked and beaten up while walking together to a subway station Beverly risks her life to save Mike. Beverly gets the worst of it, suffering Fatal injuries. Edith is left to grieve and must come to terms with the violent and senseless death of her friend at Christmastime.



Trivia

  • It was rumored that singer KD Lang was going to play him.




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