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The Christine Jorgensen Story (1970)

 -  Biography | Drama  -  June 1970 (USA)
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A sex-change operation that changed "George" into "Christine" in 1950s Denmark.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Hansen ...
George Jorgensen Jr / Christine Jorgensen
Joan Tompkins ...
Aunt Thora
Quinn K. Redeker ...
Tom Crawford (as Quinn Redeker)
John Himes ...
George Jorgensen Sr. (as John W. Himes)
Ellen Clark ...
Mrs. Florence Jorgensen
Rod McCary ...
Jess Warner
Will Kuluva ...
Professor Estabrook
Oscar Beregi Jr. ...
Dr. Victor Dahlman (as Oscar Beregi)
Lynn Harper ...
Dolly
Trent Lehman ...
George at 7
Pamelyn Ferdin ...
Dolly as a Child
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Pastor
Joyce Meadows ...
Tani
Sandra Scott ...
Angela (as Sondra Scott)
Elaine Joyce ...
Loretta
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A sex-change operation that changed "George" into "Christine" in 1950s Denmark.

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I couldn't live in a man's body! See more »

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Christine Jørgensens historie  »

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Trivia

One of the film's major advertising tag lines was the erroneous claim "The First Man To Become A Woman!" In truth, as the movie makes clear, others had undergone similar surgery earlier, but Jorgensen was simply the first well-publicized sex change case. See more »

Goofs

The real Christine Jorgenson didn't wear female clothing when she was a child. In fact, she didn't wear female clothing until after she received her revised passport under her new name. See more »

Quotes

Aunt Thora: Remember, never throw away a chance for happiness too quickly...it can get to be a habit.
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Referenced in Code Name: Raw-Hide (1972) See more »

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A Must See (Like a Car Crash!) Irving Rapper down the crapper!
14 November 2003 | by (Boston, Ma) – See all my reviews

It's hard to believe that the director of the classic 'Now Voyager' directed this wastebucket. The story of the world's most famous sex change recipient (THIS WAS NOT THE FIRST SEX CHANGE! NOT EVEN CLOSE! Sex change operations had been happening since the 1920s at least! Can't people research things? Jorgensen was the first Sex change celebrity for sure.) is so very bizzare. We are first introduced to little George Jorgensen Jr. played by the uber creepy Trent Lehman (Butch on 'Nanny & The Professor', Who later at the age of 20 commited suicide by hanging himself with his belt from a middle school fence) Little Georgie grins like a maniac while looking at a eye rolling doll through a toy shop window and endures the taunts of his pudgie playmates who proclaim that his name is "Georgette" while making stereotypical limp wrist gestures (This is very odd, given that nothing in Lehman's mannerisms is particularly effeminate!) After abandoning his erector set (!?), Georgie decides he would rather play with his sister's dolls. After being discovered with a doll at school, his parents start to worry. Years pass and Creepy Trent has grown into a Hetero Surfer dude who seems to be doing a mediocre wispy gay imitation (Inconsistent with Lehman's performance). Chubby playmates give way to bitchy fashion models and taunting prostitutes. The burly bleached blonde George decides to consult with some kind of hormone expert and soon is off to Denmark to be changed into Grace Kelley's stunt double. Our hero/heroine soon finds brief romance with a handsome tabloid reporter (Quinn K. Redeker, a few years after his riveting tour de force in 'The Three Stooges Meet Hercules') Poor Christine finds the people back home in America to be ignorant, simple minded and insensitive (As does most of Europe). I have to stop here, as words are inadequate to describe this overly melodramatic soap opera/train wreck. I will say this, it is never boring!


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