Varla Jean Merman is a character originated and portrayed by Jeffery Roberson, an American actor, singer and drag performer. Varla's fictitious pedigree boasts that Ernest Borgnine is her father and Ethel Merman is her mother.
Merman is perhaps best known for her role in the 2003 independent film Girls Will Be Girls. She also had a co-starring role in the 1997 film Franchesca Page. Merman was also one of the performers featured in the HBO original documentary Dragtime. She has appeared in a number of short films and live cabaret acts since she and her male alter-ego attended the School of Music at Louisiana State University.
Merman's shows are a staple of summer entertainment in Provincetown, Massachusetts. She also performs fairly often in New Orleans, New York City, San Francisco, and London and has also enjoyed billing at the Sydney Opera House in Australia and Carnegie Hall.
The gay-themed television network Logo commissioned Merman to write and star in an animated educational short film about the Stonewall riots of 1969.
Merman appeared on the August 20, 2008 Project Runway episode "Good Queen Fun". The outfit created for her was the winning design.
The House of Lix (Vicki Lix, Selena Vyle) squirrel-friends go down south to Florida to talk with legendary character comedian of the stage and screen, the iconic red-headed delightful chanteuse, Varla Jean Merman!!!