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Who was April Ashley?

April Ashley MBE was an English model, actress and author. She was declared a transgender woman by The Sunday People newspaper in 1961 and is one of the first British people known to have undergone sex reassignment surgery. Her marriage was annulled in a notable court case known as Corbett v Corbett. Wikipedia

  • Death: December 27, 2021 Trending
    Born: April 29, 1935, Liverpool, UK
    Height: 1.78 m
    Parents: Ada Brown Jamieson
    Spouse: Jeffrey West (d. 1980-1990), Arthur Corbett, 3rd Baron Rowallan (d. 1963-1970)
    Books: The First Lady

Actress, model and activist April Ashley has been hailed as a “trans trailblazer” following her death at the age of 86.Ashley became the second Briton to undergo male-to-female gender reassignment surgery, in 1960.She was later photographed for British Vogue and appeared alongside Joan Collins in the film Road to Hong Kong.

Ashley was named an MBE in 2012 for her campaign work for the transgender community.

Singer Boy George tweeted: “RIP April Ashley! A force of nature and a transgender high priestess! ”

LGBT activist Peter Tatchell called her “the GREAT trans pioneer for decades” and a “hero.”

Later life and death

After a heart attack in London, Ashley retired for a few years to the Welsh border town of Hay-on-Wye. In her book April Ashley’s Odyssey, she claimed that Amanda Lear was assigned a man at birth and that they had worked together at Le Carousel,

Where Lear had used the drag name Peki d’Oslo. Ashley had once been a great friend to Lear. but according to Ashley’s book, The First Lady, they had had a big fight and hadn’t spoken for years. [Citation required]

In the 1980s, Ashley married Jeffrey West on the RMS Queen Mary cruise ship in Long Beach, California, USA.

She spoke of her life at St George’s Hall, Liverpool, as part of the city’s Homotopia festival on November 15, 2008 and February 18, 2009 at the South Bank Center.

Ashley lived in Fulham, southwest of London. She died on December 27, 2021, at the age of 86.

April Ashley Net Worth

  • April Ashley Net Worth and Salary: April Ashley is a model who has a net worth of $ 82 million.


Ashley was born into a working-class family in Liverpool in 1935 as one of nine children and joined the merchant marine as a teenager.

After repeated suicide attempts, she was taken ashore and she spent time in a psychiatric unit, before moving to London in 1955 and then to Paris.

While in Paris, she saved money for her gender reassignment procedure while performing at Le Carrousel nightclub, which was famous for her drag acts.

She underwent the operation in Casablanca, Morocco, in 1960, and later said that becoming a woman made her happier than ever.

Once back in England, she obtained a passport and a driver’s license that identified her as a woman.

As a model, Ashley was photographed for Vogue, while her film credits as an actress included a small role in Road to Hong Kong alongside Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Joan Collins.

Reflecting on her life in an interview, she said

Reflecting on her life in an interview, she said: “They were crazy, wonderful times. Why not enjoy them? That has always been my philosophy.

“I know more than anyone how people can judge, but I also know that if you are true to yourself, that’s all that matters.”

She advised actor Eddie Redmayne, in 2015, on how to play a trans woman in his film The Danish Girl, and was thanked in the film’s credits.

Following news of her death, artist Daniel Lismore called Ashley “a trailblazer, a hero, and an icon,” while ITV host Lorraine Kelly described her as “a very classy lady.”

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