Caroline Cossey (stage name Tula) was born in England as Barry Cossey in August 1954. By age 13 he had doubts that he was a boy and when 15 she decided that she was female and increasingly secretly dressed as such.
In 1972, now 17, she moved to London to live with her sister, Pam. She immediately met other transsexuals who supported and encouraged her full-time transition as a girl - Caroline. She started taking hormones and soon got a job as a showgirl. Breast implants to aid her career on stage followed in 1973 and she had her SRS operation in December 1974 - still just 20.
She then began a successful career in modelling (including several 'Page 3' topless assignments for national newspapers) and as an actress in minor TV roles, culminating in her famous (though very brief) appearance as a 007 Bond Girl in the 1981 film "For Your Eyes Only". An expose soon after in the News of the World newspaper effectively destroyed her modelling career, although a sizzling 1982 appearance in Playboy magazine briefly made her the most famous transsexual in the world.
In 1989 Tula became well known for her ultimately unsuccessful battles in the European Court of Human Rights to be legally recognised as a woman.
After two disastrous marriages in the 1980's she met her current husband, David Finch. They married in 1992 and they now live in America where she continues to fight for transsexual rights, regularly appearing on TV shows.
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