Lili Elbe

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Birthday
28, 1882
Birthplace
Vejle, Denmark
Death Date
Sep 13, 1931 (48)
Birth Sign
Capricorn
Birthday
28, 1882
Birthplace
Vejle, Denmark
Death Date
Sep 13, 1931 (48)

About

Danish painter who became one of the first recognized people to under sex reassignment surgery, transitioning from a man to woman. She was believed to have been born intersex.

Before Fame

As Einer Wegener, her birth name, she established a fairly successful career as a painter. She married Gerda Gottlieb in 1904 and moved to Paris, where Elbe could live openly as a woman and Gottlieb as a lesbian.

Trivia

She underwent sex reassignment surgery in 1930, which was highly experimental at the time, although she was not the first to undergo it. She died in 1931 following complications from a uterine transplant.

Family Life

After transition and becoming legally a woman, her marriage to Gottlieb was made invalid. She then entered a relationship with Claude Lejeune, but died shortly after.

Associated With

Her story was the subject of David Ebershoff's novel The Danish Girl, which was adapted into a movie by the same name starring Eddie Redmayne.