Hailed by Der Spiegel as speaking to "the fate of
a whole generation of German homosexuals," I Am My Own Woman is the
exquisitely written autobiography of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, whose
lifelong pursuits of sexual liberty and antique furniture offer a unique
perspective on European history. During World War II, von Mahlsdorf
murdered his father, dubbed himself Charlotte (after this cross-dressing
lesbian aunt's lover) and has lived openly as a transvestite since.
Dressed in high-heeled sandals and a good suit, Charlotte has collected
furnishings from the Grunderzeit for half a century: in the Third Reich,
she "rescued" pieces from Jewish deportees; in the German Democratic
Republic, she protected "bourgeois cultural assets" from the Stasi. Now
well past sixty, a quietly passionate, steadfast and serene figure,
Charlotte shuns makeup, wearing the simplest frocks. The Grunderzeit
Museum - which Charlotte and her friends have defended against assault from
skinheads - has become a symbol for the German lesbian and gay community.
I Am My Own Woman
(1993) - English subtitles
Format: VHS Color, NTSC
Studio: Cinevista Inc.
Video Release: Nov 16, 1994
Run Time: 1 Hour 31 minutes
A docudrama about Charlotte Von
Mahlsdorf, a German transvestite who survived the Nazis and became a gay
rights leader in Germany, earning the Cross of the Order of Merit from the
government for furthering the cause of sexual freedom.
Cast includes: Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, Ichgola Androgyn and Jens
I am my own wife by Doug Wright on broadway, lyceum
theatre. Starring Jefferson Mays, Directed by Moises Kaufamn. I Am My Own Wife: Based on a true story, and inspired by interviews conducted by the playwright over several years, I AM MY OWN WIFE tells the fascinating tale of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, a real-life German transvestite who managed to survive the Nazi onslaught as well as the following, repressive Communist regime. The one-man play stars Obie-Award winner Jefferson Mays as over 40 characters, including the controversial figure herself and the American writer who becomes intrigued by her.