Not The First Transgender

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[Blind Gossip] Laverne Cox is an actress on the Netflix television series Orange Is The New Black. She was recently hailed by Time Magazine as “The first transgender person nominated for an Emmy award.”

Time Magazine is wrong.

Cox is simply the first openly transgendered person to have been recognized by the Emmys. From the LA Times:

Cox woke up to discover she’d become the first openly transgender woman nominated for an Emmy award. Cox herself makes the distinction “openly trans,” as she says she knows of another transgender woman who won an Emmy years ago, but was not out.

Transgendered Emmy Winner:

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It’s Angela Morley! Source: Readers

For her work as a composer, Angela Morley won two Emmys. She was also nominated for several more Emmys and two Oscars.

We’ve condensed and modified the following from Wikipedia:

Angela Morley, born Walter “Wally” Stott, was an English composer and conductor. Stott was born in Leeds, Yorkshire in 1924, and played saxophone in a number of dance bands.

In 1953, Stott began a long association with the Philips record label, arranging for and accompanying the company’s artists, as well as releasing records. He worked with Shirley Bassey, Dusty Springfield, Scott Walker, and Ronnie Carroll.

In 1972, Stott underwent sex reassignment surgery.

As Angela Morley, she orchestrated, arranged, and supervised the music for the final musical film collaboration of Lerner and Loewe’s The Little Prince (1974). At this time, she was also a regular guest conductor of the BBC Radio Orchestra and BBC Big Band.

Morley won two Emmy Awards for her work in music arrangement. These were in the category of Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction, in 1988 and 1990, both for television specials starring Julie Andrews. Morley also received Emmy nominations for composing music for television series such as Dynasty and Dallas.

Morley was twice nominated for an Academy Award in the category of Best Music, Original Song Score/Adaptation: for The Little Prince (1974) and for The Slipper and the Rose (1976).

Morley passed away in 2009 at the age of 84 in Phoenix Arizona.

What an fascinating life! Could you imagine someone trying to transition forty years ago? This story would make a really interesting film. Get cracking, screenwriters!

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