Bet You Didn’t Know: Secrets Behind The Making Of “A Low Down Dirty Shame”

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Corwin Hawkins

Remember Peaches’ best friend Wayman? He was played by deceased comedian Corwin Hawkins. In addition to his regular stand up, Corwin was also well known for his drag character “Amazing Grace.” As Amazing Grace, Corwin didn’t wear flowing gowns and extensive makeup; instead, he wore a business suit and a smart bob.

Keenan Ivory Wayans met Hawkins when he appeared on Def Comedy Jam , Comic View and HBO comedy specials and offered him the part of Wayman, which was originally written with Rupaul in mind. Hawkins died of AIDS related complications, pneumonia, in August of 1994 at 29 years old, just three months before the A Low Down Dirty Shame hit theaters.

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