Sluts A Go-Go Video Makeup Tests

From the Phillip R. Ford Archives, early 1980s video makeup tests starring Doris Fish, Miss X, and Tippi.

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From top to bottom: Tippi, Miss X, Doris Fish. Photo credit: TBD. From the Miss X Collection

Doris Fish and the Sluts A Go-Go were a troupe of performers and drag artists who were wildly popular in San Francisco in the 1980s. They were the creative brainchild of Australian-born drag queen Doris Fish (1952-1991), who brought the Sydney drag aesthetic with her to San Francisco in the mid-1970s.

The original members were the trio of friends, Doris, Tippi and Miss X, with filmmaker Phillip R Ford playing the honorary straight man (as well as producer and director) to the group. Freda Lay, Jane Dornacker, Sandelle Kincade and Ginger Quest are just some of the talents who also performed with the Sluts.

Sluts A Go-Go “Two Weekends” variation postcard. Photo by Eddie Troia.

The troupe wrote and performed many legendary nightclub shows and theatrical plays, produced and starred in the cult classic drag movie “Vegas In Space”, and played an important, if not controversial, part in LGBT culture in San Francisco.

The 2023 biography “Who Does That Bitch Think She Is: Doris Fish and the Rise of Drag” by Craig Seligman tells the story of Doris and the Sluts with great detail and insight and is the roadmap for this website. Please join our Book Club for upcoming discussions!

Here at Doris Fish Forever, we will go deeper into the story, building an archive of the vast amount of material about Doris and her friends and associates, telling behind-the-scenes stories, and publish never-before-seen photos and video.

Coming Soon: The Original Sluts A Go-Go Shows, The South Pacific Night Club Tour, Sluts A Go-Go Makeup tests, Behind the Scenes of “Vegas In Space” and much more.

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South Pacific Nightclub Tour

The 4 months in Sydney that bonded Doris, Tippi, and Miss X. Doris travelled between San Francisco and her native Australia nearly every year. After the October 28, 1979 debut performance of the Sluts A Go-Go she was inspired to bring her new troupe with her when she returned to Australia that Christmas. She paid…

Sluts a Go-Go (Play) SF Gay Community Center Oct-79

The Birth of the Women’s Art Collective, The Sluts A Go-Go After Tippi introduced him to Doris at Ambisextrous’ “Come As Your Favorite Fellini Character” birthday party in 1979, Brad Chandler was recruited to help write the script for a new show, “The Sluts A Go-Go”. His knowledge and affection for old Hollywood movie dialogue…

Doris Fish: A Celebration of Her Life and Career

I ran across this on an auction website. From what I understand, this is a booklet produced in Australia in 1991 for the Doris Fish Wake that was held at Kinsella’s in Sydney. I’d love to know more about it, and will update when I have more info. If you know, or have a copy,…

High Spots At a Low Dive Flyer-Australia 1979

Circa 1979-1980, this show flyer from the Sluts A Go-Go Australian Tour is a masterpiece from Doris Fish. A hand lettered Xerox collage of photographs, she put her friend’s heads on bodies taken from photos in Female Mimics International Magazine.

Doris in a Ford-late 80s

Photo by Matt Barton. I love the intimacy of this photograph. ❤️A snapshot in the back seat of Phil Ford’s car on the way to a show or a party. The black hair frames Doris’s features beautifully and she’s so lit up. From Miss X’s archive.

Callboard Magazine 1992


Doris Fish Forever! Robyn Adams and Philip R. Ford at the Doris Fish exhibit at the GLBT Historical Society, April 28, 2023


Established June 1st, 2023: A comprehensive archive of Doris Fish and the Sluts A GoGo (1979-1991) showcasing photographs, video, Doris’ artwork and memorabilia. Contributors include director Phillip R Ford, photographer Dan Nicoletta, co-star Miss X, Bobbie Davis of the Louise Lawrence Transgender Archive and more, under the creative direction of Robyn Adams, illustrator of the forthcoming Vegas In Space comic book. Our goal is to preserve the legacy of Doris and the Sluts, to elevate her profile as an ICON of the Art of Drag, and make some fun, fabulous merchandise! For more information, please see the About This Site page.

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Celebrating the life and work of Doris Fish

(born Philip Clargo Mills; August 11, 1952 – June 22, 1991)