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'Garden of Good and Evil' star The Lady Chablis dies at age 59

The Lady Chablis: 1957-2016
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SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Transgender actress The Lady Chablis has died at the age of 59.

The actress, best known for her role in the 1997 film “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,” died of complications due to pnemonia at a hospital in Savannah said her sister Cynthia Ponder.

“The legacy that she wanted to leave was one of 'believe in who you are and never let the world change who you are,'" Ponder said. "Love yourself first and respect yourself first and others will love and respect you."

Chablis demanded that she play herself in the Clint Eastwood directed “Midnight” film, which happened to be released the same year as her book “Hiding My Candy.”

NBC News reports that close family friend Cale Hall said she had been sick for about a month.

Chablis’ final performance at Club One in downtown Savannah was on August 6.

She had been performing at that club since it opened in 1988.

"She was a breakout star, no doubt about it," Hall said. "I think it was the pure honesty she gave people. She didn't hold her tongue. She told you what she thought."

The Lady Chablis: 1957-2016