The world's first male to female sex change subject to achieve notice by the public, her papers are bequeated to the Royal Library in Copenhagen, the city where her life as a woman began.
Created a media sensation on December 1, 1952, when readers of the New York Daily News were greeted with a banner headline: "Ex-GI becomes blonde beauty: Operations transform Bronx youth". He had just returned from Denmark after a sex-change operation.
Was suffering from a rare endocrine condition in which a female fetus is exposed to too much male hormone in the womb, resulting in a person who looks like a male but is in fact genetically female and infertile. His transformation into Christine Jorgenson put a stop to this condition.
Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 468-470. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1999.
Christine's grandfather had brought a girl to the U.S. who was thought by many in the Jorgenson family to have been her father's illegitimate child. When questioned about this by Christine, she revealed that she was the daughter of Christine's grandfather and his mistress back home in Sweden. When the mistress died, Christine's grandfather had brought the girl to America to live with him.
Said in 1969 that if they made a movie about his life story, Sondra Locke or Mia Farrow should play him.