Milton Berle in Drag - On the
comedy program THE MILTON BERLE SHOW (aka, THE TEXACO
STAR THEATER)/NBC/1948-56 slapstick comedian Milton Berle often
donned women's clothing to get a laugh. During a 1998 interview on
THE LATE LATE SHOW, host Tom Snyder asked his guest Milton Berle if
he recalled the first time he dressed in women's cloths.
Milton remembered he did so to visit a model he was ga-ga over.
Because her hotel restricted men from visiting females in their
room, Milton got a wig, dress, fur piece, hand bag and a pair of
high-heel shoes from a local costume shop and then in full
feminine regalia took the elevator to the 14th floor to rendezvous
with his girlfriend.
The next day, the young lady left Milton alone in her
apartment. Milton having things to do, left the hotel but this
time in the daylight. Holding his ill-fitting shoes in his hand,
he took the elevator back down to the lobby. His female elevator
operator seeing his shoes inquired, "Feet hurt, Honey?" Milton
responded "Yes" in a high pitch-voiced.
After exiting the hotel, Berle tried to hail a taxi cab (still
dressed in drag) but not one of them would stop to pick him (or
her) up. Consequently, as Milton related, "I had to walk all the
way home in my stocking feet."
Milton Berle as an Egyptian Beauty
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