Au Revoir, Coccinelle

Five years ago today pioneering transwoman Jacqueline-Charlotte Dufresnoy, better known by her stage name of Coccinelle, died in Marseilles, France on this date in 2006 after suffering a stroke in May of that year..

She was born 80 years ago in Paris on August 23, 1931 and became in 1958 the first European transwoman to have SRS surgery with pioneering Moroccan gynecologist Dr. Georges Burou.  She was married three times in her life, appeared in movies and cabaret shows, turned down a lucrative offer to perform with Bob Hope, and was a tireless advocate for the human rights of French transwomen.

Au revoir, Coccinelle.   You are missed.

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