He claimed to have been born with both male and female organs. In the mid 1930s he started working as Esther Lester and worked with a variety of showmen. Audiences were told that Esther had been a girl until puberty when her left side developed as a man, and her right side as a woman.
At first she did a simple scantily clad dance with obvious fake breasts. Later she became a literal half-and-half and lectured the crowd in an exaggerated accent. Half of her face was shaven, and with a feminine hairstyle; the other half was unshaven with a male haircut.
Offstage, she lived in female clothing, and was always known as Esther.
- Marc Hartzman. “Esther Lester” American Sideshow Blow-Off. americansideshow.blogspot.com/2007/01/esther-lester.html