• Short Summary

    EXCLUSIVE FILM FROM SOUTH AFRICA SHOWS NEWLY-MARRIED MR AND MRS ROBIN ASHLEY AT HOME IN JOHANNESBURG.

  • Description

    1.
    SV TWO SISTERS SITTING TOGETHER ON A COUCH
    0.09

    2.
    SV MR & MRS ASHLEY INTERVIEWED. SOF
    0.42

    3.
    CU MELANIE IN THE KITCHEN
    0.54

    4.
    SV MELANIE & HER HUSBAND EATING (4 SHOTS)
    1.13

    5.
    CU MELANIE INTERVIEWED: SOF
    1.23

    6.
    SV TWO SISTERS HANGING OUT WASHING
    1.38


    QUESTION: "MR. ASHLEY, I UNDERSTAND YOU ARE WRITING A BOOK?"



    ANSWER: "YES IT'S A LIFESTORY OF MY WIFE AND SISTER WHO UNTIL TWO YEARS AGO WERE BROTHERS. MELANIE HERE WAS REGARDED AS A MAN UNTIL SHE WAS 23 YEARS OLD."



    QUESTION: "IS IT TRUE THAT YOU AND MELANIE ARE MARRIED?"



    ANSWER: "YES, WE WERE MARRIED SECRETLY TO AVOID UNDUE PUBLICITY."



    QUESTION: "WELL, HOW ARE YOU GETTING ON WITH THE BOOK?"



    ANSWER: "IT'S VERY NEARLY FINISHED. THE EXPERIENCES OF THESE TWO BEAUTIFUL WOMEN MAKE A VERY INTERESTING STORY. AND SOON I'LL SHOW ALL THE WORLD AND SELL THEM TO THE PUBLISHERS."



    TRANSCRIPT (SEQ. 5): QUESTION: "WELL MELANIE, AS A BRIDE OF A WEEK YOU SEEM TO BE VERY HAPPY IN YOUR KITCHEN".



    ANSWER: "YES, I LOVE COOKING. MY ONLY INTEREST IN THE FUTURE IS TO BE A VERY GOOD WIFE TO ROBIN."




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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: EXCLUSIVE FILM FROM SOUTH AFRICA SHOWS NEWLY-MARRIED MR AND MRS ROBIN ASHLEY AT HOME IN JOHANNESBURG. MRS ASHLEY, FORMERLY MISS MURIEL ("MELANIE") PETERSON, WAS A MAN UNTIL SHE UNDERWENT AN OPERATION TO CHANGE HER SEX IN 1963. ALSO SEEN ON FILM IS HER SISTER, MRS SHARON JONKER. SHE TOO WAS A MAN - MRS ASHLEY'S BROTHER - UNTIL SHE CHANGED HER SEX AND MARRIED.

    MR ASHLEY, A BRITISH AUTHOR, WAS ASKED ABOUT A BOOK HE IS WRITING ON HIS WIFE'S CASE HISTORY:
    MRS ASHLEY WAS ASKED ABOUT HER MARRIAGE:
    TWENTY-YEAR-OLD ROBIN ASHLEY AND HIS WIFE - A FORMER JOHANNESBURG HOTEL RECEPTIONIST - ARE PLANNING TO ADOPT TWO CHILDREN "VERY SOON." MRS ASHLEY SAYS SHE AND HER SISTER HAVE BEEN ASSURED BY DOCTORS THAT THEY ARE NORMAL WOMEN IN EVERY RESPECT. BUT SHE HAS BEEN TOLD THAT MORE OPERATIONS ARE NEEDED BEFORE SHE CAN HAVE HER OWN CHILDREN.

    MRS ASHLEY'S OPERATION IS SAID TO HAVE COST GBP2,000 AND SHE HAS BEEN GIVEN A NEW BIRTH CERTIFICATE. THE COUPLE MET LAST OCTOBER AND BECAME ENGAGED JUST BEFORE MRS ASHLEY HAD HER LAST SEX-CHANGE OPERATION.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVABNA95LQI2KRRHJUKIG6NWLY1I
    Media URN:
    VLVABNA95LQI2KRRHJUKIG6NWLY1I
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/07/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:39:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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