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Candis Cayne is a popular American transgender actress and performance artist

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BirthdayAugust 29, 1971
NationalityAmerican
FamousTransgenders, Film & Theater Personalities, Actresses
City/StateHawaii
SpousesMarco McDermott (m. ?–2010)
SiblingsDylan McDaniel
Birth PlaceMaui, Hawaii, United States
Height178cm
GenderFemale
FatherGary McDanniel
MotherPatricia Relles
Sun SignVirgo
Born inMaui, Hawaii, United States
Famous asActress
Socials

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Who is Candis Cayne?

Candis Cayne is a popular American transgender actress and performance artist. She is best known for portraying the character of Mistress Carmelita in the drama series ‘Dirty Sex Money’. Her portrayal of a trans-woman who was having an affair with Billy Baldwin’s character brought her to the spotlight and made her a noted personality in the transgender community. This was the first series where a real-life transgender played the role of a transgender character in a recurring role. Born as Brendan and assigned the male gender at birth, she didn’t even know what a transgender meant until after high school when she moved to New York City to perform as a choreographer and drag artist. Her transition began in the late 1990s when she started with hormone therapy. Upon coming out as a woman, she adopted the name “Candis Cayne” from her drag mother Lana Cayne. She is a trained classical dancer who has performed in bars and clubs like ‘Boy Bar’ in New York City. Apart from having a thriving television career, she has acted in movies and has been a choreographer in a few music videos. She is also an avid transgender activist and has stood up for Gay and Lesbian rights in the United States.

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Childhood & Early Life

Candis Cayne was born on 29th August 1971 as Brendan McDaniel on the island of Maui, in the state of Hawaii. Her parents are teachers Gary McDanniel and Patricia Relles who taught at the Haleakala Waldorf School. She also has a twin brother named Dylan.

She graduated from the Baldwin High School in Maui in 1989 and also received training for a year as a classical dancer in the city of Los Angeles.

In the early 1990s, she moved to New York City where she worked as a drag artist and choreographer. She performed as “Candis Cayne” at a gay bar called ‘Boy Bar’ in New York, and was also an entertainer at the outdoor drag festival ‘Wigstock’.

Career

Candis Cayne’s on-screen career began in 1995 when she appeared as herself in the documentary film ‘Wigstock: The Movie’. Her second movie was a British-American historical comedy film ‘Stonewall’ the same year, where she played the character of Diva alongside actors Guillermo Díaz, Frederick Weller, and Duane Boutte.

She played a cameo role as herself in the American comedy movie ‘To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar’ (1995) alongside Ivy League actors like Patrick Swayze, Wesley Snipes, John Leguizamo, and Chris Penn.

She was cast in the films ‘Always Something Better’ (1996) and ‘Drag Time’ (1997), and was also a dancer in RuPaul’s music video for the song ‘A Little Bit of Love (1997)’. She soon started getting better roles, and was cast in the movie ‘Mob Queen’ (1998), wherein she played the role of “the new girl on docks” ‘Glorice Kalsheim’.

In 1999, she was cast in a short film ‘Charlie’ and feature film ‘In the Closet’, and also choreographed the music video for TLC’s song ‘No Scrubs’. In 2003, she choreographed the video of the song ‘Milkshake’.

Following a seven-year break, she returned to acting and was cast in the short film ‘My Heart Belongs to Data’ (2006), where she played the role of Candis.

Her television career began in 2007, with an American police procedural television series ‘CSI: NY’ where she played the character of Quentin Conrad in the episode ‘The Lying Game’. She also received a leading role in the movie ‘Starrbooty’ (2007), written by drag queen RuPaul. She played the character of Annaka Manners, a billionaire and owner of a cosmetics company.

Candis Cayne appeared in an episode of the television series ‘Sordid Lives: The Series’ in 2008 wherein she played the character of a therapist. She was also offered a Portuguese movie ‘Libanesa Loira’ (2008), she played the character of Libanesa in the movie.

She was cast in a recurring role in the primetime drama series ‘Dirty Sexy Money’ where she played the character of Carmelita Rainer. Her television career began to thrive as she was cast in the ‘Golden Globe Award’ Winning series ‘Nip/Tuck’ (2009). In 2010, she was selected to play the character of Allison Webb in the television series ‘Drop Dead Diva’ (2010).

With a brief break from movies, she reappeared after three years and played herself in the movie ‘Making the Boys’ (2011). The same year, she played the character of Geraldine in the television series ‘Necessary Roughness’. She was then cast by RuPaul in the American reality television series ‘RuPaul’s Drag U’ (2011) where she played herself again.

Candis Cayne again appeared as herself in the American television comedy series ‘She’s Living for This’ (2012) starring Sherry Vine. She received small roles in a couple of films like ‘Meth Head’ (2012) and ‘Grooms Cake’ (2012).

Being friends, RuPaul once again cast Candis in the reality competition show ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race.’ RuPaul was also the judge of the show in which Candis appeared as herself in four episodes.

After a long lineup of television shows, she was cast in the award winning drama series ‘Elementary’ (2013-2014), where she played the role of Ms. Hudson.

Her most recent movie was ‘Crazy Bitches’ (2014), a multi-starrer horror comedy, where she played the character of Vivianna. She hasn’t been seen in a movie after this, but managed to get a role in the documentary series ‘I Am Cait’ (2015-16), based on Caitlyn Jenner, a real-life transgender, TV persona, and gold medalist decathlete.

Cayne’s latest television works include ‘Heartbeat’ (2016), an American medical drama series, and ‘The Magicians’ (2017).

Major Works

Candis Cayne played a recurring character in the primetime drama series ‘Dirty Sexy Money’ (2007-2008), where she portrayed a transgender character Carmelita Rainer. It was an all-star cast starring Donald Sutherland, Peter Krause, William Baldwin, Seth Gabel, and many others. The series was created by Craig White and produced by multiple production houses like ‘ABC studios’ and ‘Bad Hat Harry Productions.’

She received praise for appearing as herself in the documentary series ‘I am Cait’ (2015), which was based on the actual life of the transgender personality Caityln Jenner. Both played themselves in the documentary.

Awards & Achievements

Candis Cayne won the Miss Continental U.S.A pageant in 2001 for portraying female impersonators on Labor Day in Chicago, Illinois.

Personal Life

Candis Cayne had been in a relationship with DJ Marco McDermott in the past; during the relationship, she formed a close bond with his daughter Satori from his previous relationship. The couple got separated in 2010.

She has been a spokesperson and an activist for the community ‘The Last Great Minority’ and also supports the ‘Gay & Lesbian Alliance against Defamation’, an American non-governmental media monitoring organization. She partnered with the LGBT organization MOOVZ in 2015 and serves as the global creative director of that organization.

Trivia

In 2016, she considered adoption as a single parent.

She was the host of ‘The Candis Cayne Show’, which played at the popular gay club ‘Barracuda’.

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Candis Cayne biography timelines

  • // 29th Aug 1971
    Candis Cayne was born on 29th August 1971 as Brendan McDaniel on the island of Maui, in the state of Hawaii. Her parents are teachers Gary McDanniel and Patricia Relles who taught at the Haleakala Waldorf School. She also has a twin brother named Dylan.
  • // 1989
    She graduated from the Baldwin High School in Maui in 1989 and also received training for a year as a classical dancer in the city of Los Angeles.
  • // 1995
    Candis Cayne’s on-screen career began in 1995 when she appeared as herself in the documentary film ‘Wigstock: The Movie’. Her second movie was a British-American historical comedy film ‘Stonewall’ the same year, where she played the character of Diva alongside actors Guillermo Díaz, Frederick Weller, and Duane Boutte.
  • // 1995
    She played a cameo role as herself in the American comedy movie ‘To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar’ (1995) alongside Ivy League actors like Patrick Swayze, Wesley Snipes, John Leguizamo, and Chris Penn.
  • // 1999 To 2003
    In 1999, she was cast in a short film ‘Charlie’ and feature film ‘In the Closet’, and also choreographed the music video for TLC’s song ‘No Scrubs’. In 2003, she choreographed the video of the song ‘Milkshake’.
  • // 2001
    Candis Cayne won the Miss Continental U.S.A pageant in 2001 for portraying female impersonators on Labor Day in Chicago, Illinois.
  • // 2006
    Following a seven-year break, she returned to acting and was cast in the short film ‘My Heart Belongs to Data’ (2006), where she played the role of Candis.
  • // 2007
    Her television career began in 2007, with an American police procedural television series ‘CSI: NY’ where she played the character of Quentin Conrad in the episode ‘The Lying Game’. She also received a leading role in the movie ‘Starrbooty’ (2007), written by drag queen RuPaul. She played the character of Annaka Manners, a billionaire and owner of a cosmetics company.
  • // 2007 To 2008
    Candis Cayne played a recurring character in the primetime drama series ‘Dirty Sexy Money’ (2007-2008), where she portrayed a transgender character Carmelita Rainer. It was an all-star cast starring Donald Sutherland, Peter Krause, William Baldwin, Seth Gabel, and many others. The series was created by Craig White and produced by multiple production houses like ‘ABC studios’ and ‘Bad Hat Harry Productions.’
  • // 2008
    Candis Cayne appeared in an episode of the television series ‘Sordid Lives: The Series’ in 2008 wherein she played the character of a therapist. She was also offered a Portuguese movie ‘Libanesa Loira’ (2008), she played the character of Libanesa in the movie.
  • // 2010
    Candis Cayne had been in a relationship with DJ Marco McDermott in the past; during the relationship, she formed a close bond with his daughter Satori from his previous relationship. The couple got separated in 2010.
  • // 2011
    With a brief break from movies, she reappeared after three years and played herself in the movie ‘Making the Boys’ (2011). The same year, she played the character of Geraldine in the television series ‘Necessary Roughness’. She was then cast by RuPaul in the American reality television series ‘RuPaul’s Drag U’ (2011) where she played herself again.
  • // 2013 To 2014
    After a long lineup of television shows, she was cast in the award winning drama series ‘Elementary’ (2013-2014), where she played the role of Ms. Hudson.
  • // 2014 To 2015
    Her most recent movie was ‘Crazy Bitches’ (2014), a multi-starrer horror comedy, where she played the character of Vivianna. She hasn’t been seen in a movie after this, but managed to get a role in the documentary series ‘I Am Cait’ (2015-16), based on Caitlyn Jenner, a real-life transgender, TV persona, and gold medalist decathlete.
  • // 2015
    She received praise for appearing as herself in the documentary series ‘I am Cait’ (2015), which was based on the actual life of the transgender personality Caityln Jenner. Both played themselves in the documentary.
  • // 2015
    She has been a spokesperson and an activist for the community ‘The Last Great Minority’ and also supports the ‘Gay & Lesbian Alliance against Defamation’, an American non-governmental media monitoring organization. She partnered with the LGBT organization MOOVZ in 2015 and serves as the global creative director of that organization.
  • // 2016 To 2017
    Cayne’s latest television works include ‘Heartbeat’ (2016), an American medical drama series, and ‘The Magicians’ (2017).
  • // 2016
    In 2016, she considered adoption as a single parent.

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Candis Cayne's FAQ

  • What is Candis Cayne birthday?

    Candis Cayne was born at 1971-08-29

  • Where is Candis Cayne's birth place?

    Candis Cayne was born in Maui, Hawaii, United States

  • What is Candis Cayne nationalities?

    Candis Cayne's nationalities is American

  • Who is Candis Cayne spouses?

    Candis Cayne's spouses is Marco McDermott (m. ?–2010)

  • Who is Candis Cayne siblings?

    Candis Cayne's siblings is Dylan McDaniel

  • How tall is Candis Cayne?

    Candis Cayne's height is 178

  • Who is Candis Cayne's father?

    Candis Cayne's father is Gary McDanniel

  • Who is Candis Cayne's mother?

    Candis Cayne's mother is Patricia Relles

  • What is Candis Cayne's sun sign?

    Candis Cayne is Virgo

  • How famous is Candis Cayne?

    Candis Cayne is famouse as Actress

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    Candis Cayne's twitter is https://twitter.com/candiscayne

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