Outrageous Misfits


Lights! Camera! Outrageous! The legacy of one of the first female impersonator superstars.

Craig Russell was an internationally admired entertainer and actor, known for his outrageous impersonations of some of Hollywood's greatest female celebrities: Mae West, Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler, Carol Channing, and Judy Garland, to name a few. Lori Russell Eadie, a shy theatre lover, was Craig's No. 1 fan and, eventually, his wife.

Together they were fun, fabulous, and eschewed convention. But behind the curtains, Craig and Lori's lives were troubled by their mental health, drug addiction, sexual assault, and abuse.

Through nearly one hundred interviews and extensive research, Outrageous Misfits reveals the life and legacy of one of the world's most popular female impersonators and his biggest fan.


Brian Bradley writes with the love of a fan and the meticulous research of a skilled journalist.

Graham Rockingham, veteran journalist and editor (UPI, The Province, Vancouver Sun and The Hamilton Spectator)

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Brian Bradley

Posted by Kendra on August 20, 2019
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Brian Bradley

Brian Bradley is a writer, journalist, and biographer and works at the Toronto Star. He has researched the lives of Craig Russell and Lori Russell Eadie for over a decade. Brian lives in Hamilton, Ontario.