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The Christine Jorgensen Story (1970)

A sex-change operation that changed "George" into "Christine" in 1950s Denmark.


Irving Rapper


Christine Jorgensen (autobiography), Robert E. Kent | 1 more credit »




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 John Himes ... George Jorgensen Sr. (as John W. Himes)
Ellen Clark Ellen Clark ... Mrs. Florence Jorgensen
Rod McCary ... Jess Warner
Will Kuluva ... Professor Estabrook
Oscar Beregi Jr. ... Dr. Victor Dahlman (as Oscar Beregi)
Lynn Harper Lynn Harper ... Dolly
Trent Lehman Trent Lehman ... George at 7
Pamelyn Ferdin ... Dolly as a Child
Bill Erwin ... Pastor
Joyce Meadows ... Tani
Sondra Scott Sondra Scott ... Angela
Elaine Joyce ... Loretta


A sex-change operation that changed "George" into "Christine" in 1950s Denmark.

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The first man to become a woman See more »


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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


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 Polyester (1981) See more »

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Corny but Honest
9 March 2006 | by Felix-28See all my reviews

The comments posted here are uniformly derisive of this film. It does not deserve such derision.

I suppose I should confess that I haven't seen the film for about 20 years, or maybe longer, and that I only saw it by chance while channel-hopping one evening, so I suppose my memories of it are somewhat faded. However I was hooked by it, and it's stuck in my mind ever since.

What the other comments overlook about this film is its honesty. It is made with real feeling. It's true that the dialogue is campy and that the attitudes portrayed are stereotypical; but the writer -- who was Christine Jorgensen herself/himself -- lived and believed every word of it, and her sincerity shines through every line.

I'm not saying the film is perfect. Very far from it. I've given it only 6 out of 10. But if you watch it with an open mind, it's quite a revealing portrayal of the mind of a transsexual. I'd be interested to know what happened to the author in later life.

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