Real life LGBTQI icons who made it onto the big screen


Virginia Woolf in The Hours 

Convincing and heart-breaking as a Virginia struggling mentally towards the end of her life, Nicole Kidman deservedly took home the Academy award for best actress for this moving portrait of the bisexual author.  

Daphne Du Maurier in Daphne

Another literary bisexual, Geraldine Somerville captures the vulnerability of unrequited love in this BBC film, following her fruitless pursuit of her friend Ellen Doubleday and her secret love affair Gertrude Lawrence.  

Aimée & Jaguar in Aimée & Jaguar 

Juliane Köhler and Maria Schrader give remarkably poignant and passionate performances as the doomed lovers from different sides in Nazi Germany. Have the tissues handy. 

Bessie Smith in Bessie

Queen Latifah gives it her all in a role she seemed born to play, the bisexual “Empress of the Blues” Bessie Smith. What’s not to love?

Gia Carangi in Gia

Launching Angelina Jolie’s career in to the stratosphere, her performance as the world’s first supermodel, the openly lesbian Gia Carangi, still packs a punch 20 years later. 

This article first appeared in the January 2019 issue of DIVA – grab your digital copy right here!

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