Most drag queens only dream of meeting the teenage soap-opera stars to which their stage names pay twisted homage. For one depraved female impersonator by the name of Suppositori Spelling, fate recently stepped in to shatter the barrier between the San Francisco underworld and Hollywood when the producers of the reality show Tori & Dean: Inn Love arranged a face-to-face encounter between Tori Spelling and our local name-borrowing androgyne.
Last month, the show's producers sent the drag queen a MySpace message asking if she would mind making an appearance at Tori's book signing at the Virgin Megastore, where the actress was promoting her new tome, sTori Telling. The Beverly Hills 90210 alum has apparently known about her drag doppelganger for some time, and attempted to engineer a meeting of the minds a couple of years ago by writing her into a scene of her short-lived show So NoTORIous. Suppositori, busy spreading her own notoriety around London at the time, was unable to oblige.
It goes without saying that Suppositori willingly agreed to appear, assembling an entourage of seven or eight gay-icon-loving queens for the literary event. The camera captured the enthusiastic drag mob, dressed in matching black and white outfits, for an upcoming episode of the show. The crew also took the opportunity to solicit Suppositori with a few open-ended questions. "They pulled me out of line and asked me why I decided to use the name," she said. "And I said, 'Well, I like to put things in people's butts.' I don't think that's going to make it onto the show, just judging by the look on their faces."
According to Suppositori, the hybrid name dawned on her one day in a pharmacy in San Francisco, when she spotted the potential name on some unsuspecting medical-product packaging. The resulting stage handle went through several incarnations and more than one owner before settling down at its current home. The name itself was never meant to describe Suppositori's drag performances, which have nothing to do with Beverly Hills 90210, Donna Martin, Trick, or House of Yes. Count it as an exercise in warped pop-cultural wordplay that led to an improbable convergence of two distinctly perverse performance careers.
Tori reportedly found great delight in finally coming face to face with her drag double. "I walked up, and she was sitting there in her third trimester," Suppositori said. "But still wearing four-inch heels and looking very beautiful, and she said, 'I've been wanting to meet you for so long!' while the cameras rolled on." In response to this momentous event, Suppositori reported noticing with some surprise that "Tori's head was a normal size."