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Billy Tipton
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Musician
    (December 29, 1914-January 21, 1989)
    Birth name was Dorothy Lucille Tipton
    Began dressing as a man at age 19 to get work at jazz clubs
    Died of a bleeding ulcer at age 74
    Subject of the Diane Middlebrook book 'Suits Me: The Double Life of Billy Tipton (1998)'
    From 1933 to the end of her life, she masqueraded as a man.
    She took the name 'Billy,' even though her father and brother were both named William.
    For six years, she lived with a woman 13 years her senior named 'Non Earl,' who taught her oral sex techniques.
    She had moderate sized knockers that she hid in a body wrap and claimed it was from botched rib surgery.
    She was married and divorced 5 times, one time to a stripper with whom she adopted 3 kids.
    She had sex with at least one wife, in the dark, with her undies on and a strap-on dildo.
    She never let any of her wives see her in the bathroom (for obvious reasons).
    As she was dying, paramedics discovered the truth and a coroner confirmed the findings.
    Her father disowned her.
    Her mother, brother, cousins and Non Earl all knew the truth, but at her request, never spilled the beans.
    She was an accomplished pianist and sax player, popular with jazz club patrons in Missouri during the '40s & '50s and Spokane, Washington in the '60s.
    She was invited to headline an act in Reno, Nevada in 1958 (her big break), but was afraid a Mafia 'background check' would expose her secret.
    She died broke and alone.
    She was as great an actress as she was a musician as none of her ex-wives or children had any idea about her.
    Three ex-wives who were interviewed for the book claim she had a heart of gold and were NOT angry over such a huge deception.
    Phranc recorded a tribute song to her, 'Tipton (1991).'

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