January 1, 2019

Corwin "Amazing Grace" Hawkins

   Corwin Anthony Hawkins was born in Houston, Texas on March 12, 1965. He attended St. Peter's Catholic School, and after graduation, decided to be an entertainer. He began competing and quickly started winning female impersonator competitions. In 1991, his favorite drag character, "Amazing Grace," was crowned Miss Gay Texas. The next year he took the title of Texas Entertainer of the Year and went on to capture the 1992 National Entertainer of the Year title in Louisville, Kentucky. After appearing on Def Comedy Jam, BET and HBO Comedy specials, he was discovered by Keenan Ivory Wayans and hired for the role of Wayman in the film A Low Down Dirty Shame, a part originally written for RuPaul. Sadly, he was unable to capitalize on his new-found fame; he passed away of pneumonia a month before the film's release.

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Houston Memorial Gardens


  1. My sincerest apologies, I wanted to EDIT my comment. (I imagine Corwin laughing at me right now!) My dear Friend comes to mind from time to time, & I say a prayer for him. I have such fond Memories & was so Blessed to know Corwin. I hope more videos of his work will surface on YouTube to keep his Memory & continue his Legacy. I miss You!! Much Love, XO Allyson

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