Quentin Crisp as Queen Elizabeth I. (Photo taken by Liam Longman © 1992, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics)

Quentin Crisp as Queen Elizabeth I. (Photo taken by Liam Longman © 1992, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics)

Quentin Crisp  played by John Hurt (right) in 'The Naked Civil Servant'. I laughed so much at this. A wonderful and very touching movie, even better that it's a true story.

Quentin Crisp played by John Hurt (right) in 'The Naked Civil Servant'. I laughed so much at this. A wonderful and very touching movie, even better that it's a true story.

Quentin Crisp.  This old girl was out and proud long before the rest of us could concieve of that possibility.  Love him.

Quentin Crisp. This old girl was out and proud long before the rest of us could concieve of that possibility. Love him.

Quentin Crisp (born Denis Charles Pratt, 25 December 1908 – 21 November 1999), was an English writer and raconteur. He became a gay icon in the 1970s after publication of his memoir, The Naked Civil Servant.

Quentin Crisp (born Denis Charles Pratt, 25 December 1908 – 21 November 1999), was an English writer and raconteur. He became a gay icon in the 1970s after publication of his memoir, The Naked Civil Servant.

Quentin Crisp Quentin Crisp, was an English writer and raconteur. From a conventional suburban background, Crisp grew up with effeminate tendencies, which he flaunted by parading the streets in make-up and painted nails, and working as a rent-boy.

Quentin Crisp Quentin Crisp, was an English writer and raconteur. From a conventional suburban background, Crisp grew up with effeminate tendencies, which he flaunted by parading the streets in make-up and painted nails, and working as a rent-boy.

Quentin Crisp, 1998. Spend all the money you want; you'll never have the eye.

Quentin Crisp, 1998. Spend all the money you want; you'll never have the eye.

Quentin Crisp's outlandish habit of wearing bright make-up and dying his long hair crimson provoked hostility in London in the 1930s. He escaped to America during the Second World War, where he became a gay icon known for his controversial views, including describing Aids as a "fad", and dubbing Diana, Princess of Wales, "trash". Picture: Rex Features

Great British eccentrics

Quentin Crisp's outlandish habit of wearing bright make-up and dying his long hair crimson provoked hostility in London in the 1930s. He escaped to America during the Second World War, where he became a gay icon known for his controversial views, including describing Aids as a "fad", and dubbing Diana, Princess of Wales, "trash". Picture: Rex Features

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