New York City
Charlotte von Malhsdorf was not just your average East German transvestite. Wearing a simple black dress with pearl necklace, she somehow managed to survive the two most repressive regimes of Germany’s traumatic 20th century while collecting so much precious furniture and bric-a-brac that her house became a museum. She died a Berlin celebrity. Her astounding story has been memorably told by Doug Wright in his Pulitzer Prize winning play, I Am My Own Wife.
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