Entertainer Danny La Rue has been diagnosed with having suffered a stroke after being taken ill in January.
Danny La Rue is well-known for his ostentatious taste
The drag star, 78, has been told by his doctors to take six months off work and as a result has cancelled planned performances at UK theatres.
A spokeswoman for the veteran star said he had suffered no paralysis as a result of the stroke.
She told BBC News: "Danny has great inner strength and will concentrate on getting better."
She added: "He is deeply grateful for all the kindness shown to him at this difficult time."
In the 1970s and 1980s La Rue was the most famous female impersonator in the world and was at one time the highest-paid entertainer in Britain, according to The Stage newspaper.
He received an OBE from the Queen at Buckingham Palace in 2002 who admitted to being a long-time fan of the entertainer.
Le Rue, who was born Daniel Patrick Carroll in Cork, Ireland, moved to London with his mother when he was nine.
He first donned his wig and eyelashes during a naval concert party, having been sent to Singapore as part of Lord Mountbatten's invasion task force towards the end of World War II.
Progressing from amateur revues to cabaret in London's West End, one of his shows ran for two and a half years.
La Rue is currently recovering at a friend's home in the UK.