Female impersonator Jim Bailey's onstage portrayals of famous entertainers were so uncanny — not just their voices, but also the mannerisms, costumes and hairdos — that sometimes people thought they were seeing the actual women.
But one couple in Las Vegas, seeing Bailey in his signature role as Judy Garland, took it a step further.
"The audience was from a plumber's convention," wrote Bruce Vilanch in a 1997 article for the Advocate magazine. "One plumber turned to his wife and said, 'I thought she was dead.'
" 'She is,' the wife replied, 'This is the daughter.' "
Bailey, 77, died Saturday at Pacifica Hospital of the Valley in Sun...