“I was doing a little research on Barbara Bush, the former first lady,” writes Harry Redlich, “when I came upon the following excerpt, titled Early life. I didn’t know Barbara was born a man, but I’m glad that Wikipedia gave me the straight dope.” Boldface ours:
Barbara Pierce was the third child of the former Pauline Robinson (1896-1949) and her husband, Marvin Pierce (1893-1969), who later became president of McCall Corporation, the publisher of the popular women’s magazines Redbook and McCall’s. She was born at Booth Memorial Hospital in Flushing, Queens originally as Brandon Pierce. However, Brandon became so curious in the female sex that he wished to be called Barbra. Barbra (Brandon) was raised in New York City, and the suburb town of Rye, New York, and went to Rye Country Day School, followed by boarding school at Ashley Hall in Charleston, South Carolina. […] Her mother – whom W magazine once described as “beautiful, fabulous, critical, and meddling” and “a former beauty from Ohio with extravagant tastes” – was killed in a car accident. The accident was caused when her husband, who was driving, lost control when he reached over to stop a cup of hot coffee from sliding across the seat onto his wife. The car crashed into a stone wall, killing her instantly. Barbra’s father has been linked to the killing of her mother because her mother never truely agreed with her sons sex change. No evidence has ever been brought up in court. Marvin Pierce was also the only suspect in a 3 man slaying early in Barbra’s childhood. (Read more)
She was obviously a big fan of Streisand.
[UPDATE: Seems like only minutes after we posted those mouth-watering details of the elder Mrs Bush’s early life, the delightful transgender bits have been removed, the gremlins responsible for them punished, and United States history restored to order.]