Lear's alleged transgender background has been commented upon in the media and in the biographies of those who knew Lear earlier in her life, including Salvador Dalí, with Dali's biographer Ian Gibson even devoting an entire chapter to her. April Ashley, a famous transgender entertainer and model, has long claimed that in the 1950s and early 1960s, she and Lear, whose birth name she stated was Alain Tap, were working together in Parisian transvestite revues Madame Arthur and Le Carrousel. In her book, April Ashley's Odyssey, she recalls Lear performing drag acts under the stage name Peki d'Oslo. Similar facts have been reported by Romy Haag, a transgender artist living in Germany, who ran a popular nightclub "Chez Romy" in Berlin and knew Amanda closely, and Bibiana Fernández, a Spanish transgender actress and singer. Some sources even insinuate that it was Dalí himself who sponsored Lear's sex reassignment surgery in Casablanca in 1963, carried out by doctor Georges Burou, and also that it was he who invented her stage name based on the pun of the Catalan language "L'Amant de Dalí" (Dalí's lover). Rumours claiming that Lear was a drag queen or even intersex were circulating at the beginning of her singing career, and subsided only after she posed nude for Playboy in the late 1970s.