Even car nuts may not have heard very much about the Dale, a three-wheeled prototype that promised to revolutionize the auto industry in the '70s, but never made it to the streets. The car was the vision of Elizabeth Carmichael, a trans entrepreneur whose life of crime and questionable business dealings brought down the company she founded.
HBO's documentary series The Lady and the Dale tells her story, flaws and all, combining archival interviews with photo montages and animation. The trial was one of the noisiest in L.A. history, with Carmichael representing herself and shooting down prejudices against trans people, all while dealing with media sensationalism that had more to do with her gender than her alleged criminal activity. Fans of con artist stories and LGBTQ history should take note.
The first of the four installments will debut on HBO and HBO Max on Sunday, January 31.