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A man leads April Ashley get in to a car. 1964.

A man leads April Ashley get in to a car. 1964.
A man leads April Ashley get in to a car. 1964.
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A man leads April Ashley get in to a car. 1964.
A man leads April Ashley get in to a car. 1964.
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A man leads April Ashley get in to a car. 1964. April Ashley, MBE (born 29 April 1935) is an English model and restaurant hostess. She was outed as a transsektual woman by the Sunday People newspaper in 1961 and is one of the earliest British people known to have had seks reassignment surgery. Born George Jamieson on 29 April 1935, in Sefton General Hospital, Liverpool, she was one of six surviving children of a Roman Catholic father and a Protestant mother. After leaving hospital Ashley moved to London, at one point claiming to have shared a boarding house with then ship's steward John Prescott. Having started cross-dressing, she moved to Paris in the late 1950s, began using the name Toni April and joined the famous French entertainer Coccinelle in the cast of the drag cabaret at the Carousel Theatre. At the age of 25, having saved £3,000, Ashley had a seven-hour-long seks reassignment surgery in May 12 1960, performed in Casablanca, Morocco by Dr Georges Burou. All her hair fell out and she endured significant pain, but the operation was successful. After returning to Britain, Ashley began using the name April Ashley and became a successful fashion model, appearing in such publications as Vogue (photographed by David Bailey) and winning a small role in the film The Road to Hong Kong, which starred Bing Crosby and Bob Hope. In November 1960, Ashley had met Hon. Arthur Corbett (later 3rd Baron Rowallan), the Eton-educated son and heir of Lord Rowallan, who enjoyed cross-dressing. They wed in 1963, but the marriage quickly broke down. Ashley's lawyers wrote to Corbett in 1966 demanding maintenance payments and in 1967 Corbett responded by filing suit to have the marriage annulled. The annulment was granted in 1970 on the grounds that Ashley was male, even though Corbett knew about her history when they married. April Ashley, people, man, woman, transsektual, 1964, model
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