Wood was a cross-dresser, notorious for wearing his girlfriends’ angora sweaters while on the job. He claimed that as a Marine in World War II, he had participated in the Battle of Guadalcanal while secretly wearing a brassiere and panties beneath his uniform. His 1953 film Glen or Glenda was based on the life of transsexual Christine Jorgensen.
Wood was depicted as basically a hetero transvestite in the brilliant eponymous motion picture, which was directed by Tim Burton and starred Johnny Depp as Wood. Wood’s actual sexual orientation was considerably more ambiguous, with at least one biographer who knew him (Jean Marie Stine) claiming he had “homosexual tendencies.”
Stern, Keith (2009-09-01). Queers in History: The Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Historical Gays, Lesbians and Bisexuals (Kindle Locations 12762-12770). Perseus Books Group. Kindle Edition.
Ed Wood by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski
Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Faber & Faber; First Edition edition (June 1995)
Amazon: Ed Wood
The screenplay of a Tim Burton film featuring the eccentric Ed Wood, who directs trashy films while dressed in women's clothes. The story communicates his struggle to express creativity in a harsh and uncomprehending world.
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