Christine Jorgensen (May 30, 1926 – May 3, 1989) was an American trans woman who was the first person to become widely known in the United States for having sex reassignment surgery.
Jorgensen grew up in the Bronx, New York City. Shortly after graduating high school in 1945, she was drafted into the US Army for World War II. After her service she attended several schools, worked, and around this time heard about transitioning surgery. She travelled to Europe, and in Copenhagen, Denmark obtained special permission to undergo a series of operations starting in 1951.
She returned to the United States in the early 1950’s and her transformation was the subject of a New York Daily News front page story. She became an instant celebrity, using the platform to advocate for transgender people, and became known for her directness and polished wit. She also worked as an actress and nightclub entertainer, and recorded several songs.
The Christine Jorgensen Story is a 1970 fictionalized biographical movie about transsexual Christine Jorgensen. While the overall premise of the film is accurate, many of the details are fictionalized for the continuity of the film. It was directed by Irving Rapper and based on Christine Jorgensen’s autobiography.
A film based on the book was proposed in 1960. Edward Small bought the film rights in 1968.Jorgensen later claimed under the contract she would be entitled to 10% of the gross and 3.5% of the budget.
“Every female impersonator in the world came flying into Hollywood demanding he was Christine,” said Jorgensen later.
George/Christine is played by John Hansen, in the bio-pic..
Irving Rapper said Small gave him the job as director because it required someone who had sensitivity.
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