On Oxford Street, her name is synonymous with highly polished glamour drag.

Around the country, she’s better known as the gender illusionist who pouted her way to the latter stages of reality TV juggernaut Australian Idol in 2003.

But back in 2000, Courtney Act was just another emerging showgirl angling for a place on the notoriously bitchy Sydney circuit.

I was pounding the boards at Stonewall selling chewing gum and Chupa Chups and li

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