The Danish Girl (film)

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Title The Danish Girl
Premiere 2015
Purchase Available on Amazon

The Danish Girl is a 2015 film based on the novel of the same name, which was a fictionalized account of the life of Lili Elbe, one of the first transgender women to undergo sex reassignment surgery. Born Einar Magnus Andreas Wegener in Denmark in 1882, Lili was a successful painter before her transition and was married to fellow artist Gerda Wegener (née Gottlieb), who is best known for her lesbian erotica. Lili often presented as a woman in the 1910s and 1920s, when she was introduced by Gerda as Einar's sister. She underwent a series of then-experimental sex reassignment surgeries beginning in 1930, but sadly died in 1931 of complications from an attempted uterus transplant.

Eddie Redmayne was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance as Lili, and Alicia Vikander won Best Supporting Actress for her role as Gerda.


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