NEW YORK — The person whose desire for a sex-change operation prompted a homosexual lover to attempt a bank robbery--the basis for the movie "Dog Day Afternoon"--died Tuesday in Rochester, a hospital official said today.
Her former lover, John Wojtowicz, 42, of Brooklyn, said Elizabeth Debbie Eden, 41, formerly Ernest Aron, died of pneumonia resulting from AIDS.
A spokeswoman for Genesee Hospital in Rochester, Jean Dalmath, confirmed the death but said Eden "requested that we release no information about her illness."
Wojtowicz and Aron, dressed in women's clothing, were "married" in a public ceremony in 1971. In August, 1972, Aron, despondent over his financial inability to get a sex-change operation, tried to kill himself with a drug overdose, Wojtowicz said.