The Woman I Was Not Born to Be: A Transsexual Journey

The Woman I Was Not Born to Be: A Transsexual Journey

by Aleshia Brevard
     
 

ISBN-10: 1566398398

ISBN-13: 9781566398398

Pub. Date: 02/28/2001

Publisher: Temple University Press

Told with humor and flair, this is the autobiography of one transsexual's wild ride from boyhood as Alfred Brevard ("Buddy") Crenshaw in rural Tennessee to voluptuous female entertainer in Hollywood. Aleshia Brevard, as she is now known, underwent transitional surgery in Los Angeles in 1962, one of the first such operations in the United States. (The

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Told with humor and flair, this is the autobiography of one transsexual's wild ride from boyhood as Alfred Brevard ("Buddy") Crenshaw in rural Tennessee to voluptuous female entertainer in Hollywood. Aleshia Brevard, as she is now known, underwent transitional surgery in Los Angeles in 1962, one of the first such operations in the United States. (The famous sexual surgery pioneer Harry Benjamin himself broke the news to Brevard's parents.)

Under the stage name Lee Shaw, Brevard worked as a drag queen at Finocchio's, a San Francisco club, doing Marilyn Monroe impersonations. (Like Marilyn, she sought romance all the time and had a string of entanglements with men.) Later, she worked as a stripper in Reno and as a Playboy Bunny at the Sunset Strip hutch.

After playing opposite Don Knotts in the movie The Love God, Brevard appeared in other films and broke into TV as a regular on the Red Skelton Show. She created the role of Tex on the daytime soap opera One Life To Live. As a woman, Brevard returned to teach theater at East Tennessee State, the same university she had attended as a boy.

This memoir is a rare pre-Women's Movement account of coming to terms with gender identity. Brevard writes frankly about the degree to which she organized her life around pleasing men, and how absurd it all seems to her now.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781566398398
Publisher:
Temple University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2001
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

1Just for a Change1
2Farm Boy23
3Drag Queen43
4A Man in the House63
5Alfred, Adieu81
6The Coed99
7Burlesque Queen109
8Miss Congeniality127
9Call Me Mrs145
10Teacher! Teacher!157
11A Playboy Bunny173
12That Female Bunch185
13Fashion's Guru199
14Off-Broadway Baby209
15A Faceless Intruder219
16Mother's Final Gift231
17The Finished Product239
Index247

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