Born male, she became the first recognized transgendered woman in American history. After undergoing a gender reassignment procedure in the early 1950s, she was featured on the cover of the New York Daily News.
Before becoming a woman, she attended Christopher Columbus High School in New York City and served in the United States Army.
She was the subject of an acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe Festival theatrical piece called Christine Jorgensen Reveals.
Originally named George William Jorgensen, Jr., she was one of two children born to Florence and George Jorgenson, Sr.
She and Chelsea Manning were both transgendered women who served in the military.