Princess of the Imperial Court of New York
Doris Dear is an amazing, flamboyant entertainer with the title of princess in The Imperial Court of New York—though she has the heart and stature of a queen. Speaking with her was awesomely fun, and having met her a true honor.
You are a fabulous queen. What are you about?
I’m a singer. I do my own one-woman show at “Don’t Tell Mama” every month at Residence. I’m an actress, movie star and fund-raiser. I work tirelessly for my community.
And you’re part of Night of a Thousand Gowns.
I’ve been part of The Imperial Court of New York for five years now. It’s a really wonderful organization, and of course the ultimate event of the year. Next year will be our 30th celebration. It’s really great.
It’s amazing. What is your tile?
I’m actually a princess, even though I look like a queen!
And what do you do when you’re not performing?
Darling, life is a performance. We must never end, darling – never, ever end! When we’re not performing, we’re raising money and taking care of our community. I’ve been very lucky in life, and I try to give back all the good that’s come my way.
How long have you been a queen?
I was born a queen, and my mother always said, “The dress doesn’t make your life, darling—it’s the life you lead in the dress.”
Night of a Thousand Gowns