Friday, May 8, 2009

The Hermaphrodite: Jacques Charles Dufresnoy or Coccinelle

Jacques Charles Dufresnoy was born in Paris, but his family moved to Marseilles when he was a teenager. He was given the name ‘Coccinelle (ladybird)’ when he wore a wore a red dress with black polka dots to a party.

Jacques was discharged from the army conscription after six days because his presence caused disruption. He took to wearing female clothing to escape constant comments on how feminine he was. From 18-25 Coccinelle was kept by an important politician, whose name she always kept secret.

She became a star at Chez Madam Arthur, where her mother sold flowers, and then Le Carousel de Paris in the 1950s, where she worked with Bambi , with whom she shared a home, Toni April (the future April Ashley) and Peki d’Oslo (the future Amanda Lear). Word was put out that she was a real woman. Others said 'A woman as beautiful as Coccinelle can only be a man'.

She took hormones from 1952 and became a woman in Casablanca in 1958, surgeon Georges Burou. She was the first gender impersonator and the first French person to have a sex-change.

Story Continues...
Georges Burou, M.D.
Innovator and pioneer as he applies the applications of
modern male-to-female sex reassignment surgery



  1. Okay! The link to Burou has a picture of a lady that look like a young version of "Angelina Jolie" and his wife look just like Barbara Streisand (wrong s/p)!


  2. Was he married to a hermaphrodite?

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