Chris Owens’ impact in New Orleans will be remembered as ‘dynamic’ and ‘beautiful’

Chris Owens’ impact in New Orleans will be remembered as ‘dynamic’ and ‘beautiful’

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Chris Owens has been a dynamic dancer, singer, and performer for seven decades and will always be a part of New Orleans' cultural fabric.

Chris Owens’ impact in New Orleans will be remembered as ‘dynamic’ and ‘beautiful’

Chris Owens’ impact in New Orleans will be remembered as ‘dynamic’ and ‘beautiful’

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Chris Owens has been a dynamic dancer, singer, and performer for seven decades and will always be a part of New Orleans’ cultural fabric.

NEW ORLEANS (CBSNewYork) – Chris Owens energised and helped define New Orleans nightlife from her stage to her famed balcony overlooking Bourbon Street.

 

Kitsy Adams, her longtime manager and friend, remarked, “When she was on that stage, she was her happiest and she was quite energetic as we all know.”

 

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Chris Owens has been a dynamic dancer, singer, and performer for seven decades and will always be a part of New Orleans’ cultural fabric.

“If you were born and bred in this city, you knew Chris Owens, you knew his name, you knew his club,” said Will Antill, who works at Crossing NOLA, which is next to the Chris Owens Club.

 

Owens met her late husband Sol Owens when she moved to New Orleans from Texas at the age of 20. The couple acquired the building at the intersection of Bourbon and St. Louis because she enjoys hosting. Chris Owens, who was 23 years old at the time, was already a rising figure.

“She was just one of the legends,” French Quarter musician Richard Egner, better known as Dick Deluxe, said.

 

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“She never let her celebrity get the best of her,” Adams remarked. “She never refused to snap a photograph or speak a kind word.” She worked in the entertainment industry. That was her life, and that was how she returned the favour.”

The “Queen of Bourbon Street” also gave back to the city and its people through charities and local groups. Friends say her charity was the only thing greater than her personality and brighter than her outfits.

“She was as beautiful on the inside as she was on the exterior, and she lived every day to the utmost,” Adams added. “Her philosophy was to do something that made you happy every single day.”

Adams was with Owens when he died of a heart attack on Tuesday. Owens’ death comes as preparations are being made for the annual Easter procession, which she has been a part of since 1983.

“In this town, she owns Easter.” “You can’t imagine it without us,” Egner explained. “I believe Easter will be one of the most memorable days in a long time.” It’ll evolve into a massive second-line procession and celebration.”

“I believe her memories will remain with us no matter what.” “She’ll be in the procession with us no matter what,” Anitll stated.

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Adams believes that, as in show business, the show must go on.

“I feel she is completely at ease, and I know she wants the Easter parade to go on, and it will,” Adam added.

. Moving on, though, will be difficult, particularly for those who knew her best, such as her security guard Kevin Hubble, who describes Owens as “more than a boss, she was family.”

 

“Chris was instrumental in making my life a lot better, and I owe him a huge debt of gratitude,” Hubble added.

This is a sentiment shared by many people who knew her.

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“She provided love to the people, and the people returned the love,” Adams explained.

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