Douglas Anthony Cooper was born Alma Mae Hickok in Barstow, CA in 1973.
After being kicked in the head by a cow she was milking on the family's dairy farm in 1987, Alma Mae adopted a male identity and began to go by the name Douglas Anthony Cooper, eventually completing sexual reassignment surgery in 1992. Douglas completed his Bagpiping Performance degree from Carnegie Mellon in 1995 and began a storied career of weddings, funerals, parades, and the occasional hostage situation following the breakdown of negotiations.
Since 2003 Douglas has lived in a rented yurt in northern Montana with his two pet Xoloitzcuintli, 3 alpacas, and a single dairy cow. He enjoyed a brief period of national notoriety in 2012 when he was exposed for cheating on boyfriend Robert Pattinson but now prefers to avoid the spotlight.