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Tupperware party means big bucks for'hostess' in drag
Hometown U.S.A.: Paramus, N.J. As 'Aunt Barbara,' Robert Suchan draws a cult following among visitinghipsters from New York. Last year he made $275,000 in sales – aTupperware 'milestone.'
January 27, 2013|By Gigi Anders
Robert Suchan, aka “Aunt Barbara,” inspires laughs as well… (Rick Odell )
Growing up in a big, bubbly, close-knit family with six brothers and sisters, Robert Suchan's rolemodels were his beautiful mother Janene ("like Barbara Eden meets Grace Kelly meets CarolBrady and June Cleaver"), whose picture he keeps in his wallet, and his Aunt Barbara ("EveArden meets Jo Anne Worley meets Mrs. Roper, with a touch of Bea Arthur").In time they would provide the ruggedly handsome Irish Catholic Long Island native — he lookslike a cross between Alec Baldwin and Vince Vaughn — inspiration and a livelihood.The awakening came with the Dawn. As in dishwashing liquid. Suchan (SOO-hahn) was pushing40 and earning peanuts as a social worker."My credit cards were maxed out; I was spraying my clothes with Febreze because I'd run out of quarters for the laundromat; I had no soap or shampoo," says Suchan, now 44. "One day I had toshower and shampoo with Dawn."