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George Jamieson was born in Liverpool to a Roman Catholic father, Frederick Jamieson, and a Protestant mother, Ada Brown. He joined Merchant Navy when he was 16 years old, but was given dishonorable discharge after a suicide attempt. At the age of 17, he was sent to mental institution following a second suicide attempt.
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After he left mental hospital, George Jamieson moved to London where he started cross-dressing, then later moved to Paris in France, and began using the name Toni April. At the age of 25, George underwent gender reassignment surgery, performed in Morocco, by Georges Burou, a French gynecologist who is widely credited with innovating modern gender reassignment surgery for transgender women.
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After his successful surgery, he moved back to Britain, and became a successful model using the name April Ashley. However, he became center of attention after his story was sold to the media and he was outed as a transgender woman.
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He was legally recognized as female in 2005, issued with a new birth certificate. Though retired, April Ashley, formerly known as George Jamieson is undoubtedly one of the most popular models, actors, and authors in England.
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