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Spy
    (circa 1939-June 30, 2009)
    Born in Beijing, China
    Opera singer turned spy
    Had a 20-year affair with French diplomat Bernard Boursicot, who believed he was a woman
    Settled in France with Boursicot (1982)
    Sentenced to six years in prison for committing espionage for China (1986)
    Pardoned a year later
    Affair with Boursicot inspired the Tony Award winning play 'M. Butterfly' (1988)
    He allegedly told Boursicot that he was a woman who had been raised as a male to satisfy his father's wish for a son.
    Whenever he and Boursicot made love, it was hurriedly and in the dark.
    He purchased a child from his mother, then convinced Boursicot that the child was their son.
    He convinced Boursicot to pass classified documents from the embassy by suggesting he and 'their' child would be in danger if he did not cooperate.
    On his death, Boursicot observed, 'He did so many things against me that he had no pity for, I think it is stupid to play another game now and say I am sad.'
    He claims he never told Boursicot he was female -- he simply declined to correct Boursicot's mistake.
    Even allowing for Boursicot's naivety and lack of sexual experience with women, convincing someone you're the opposite gender for 20 years is an impressive bit of acting.
    A month before his death, he spoke with Boursicot and said he still loved him.
    He said, 'I used to fascinate both men and women.... What I was and what they were didn't matter.'

Credit: C. Fishel


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