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    ‘World’s Ugliest Woman’ Finally Given a Dignified Burial, 153 Years After Her Death

    ‘World’s Ugliest Woman’ Finally Given a Dignified Burial, 153 Years After Her Death

    She was called “bear woman,” “the bearded and hairy lady” and once described as the hybrid of a human and an orangutan. Throughout her life, her husband exhibited her as a freak of nature on a worldwide tour.


    She passed away in 1860 but was never given a proper burial — instead, she was mummified so she could continue being displayed as a circus object. But on Tuesday, more than 150 years after her death, she was finally buried. Now she rests with the dignity that life had rarely afforded her.



    Read more: ‘World’s Ugliest Woman’ Finally Given a Dignified Burial, 153 Years After Her Death | TIME.com
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    Re: ‘World’s Ugliest Woman’ Finally Given a Dignified Burial, 153 Years After Her Dea

    Glad she finally has a resting place. Heartbreaking story but... at least she was in love with her husband.


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    Re: ‘World’s Ugliest Woman’ Finally Given a Dignified Burial, 153 Years After Her Dea

    It sounds like he loved her money:

    In the mid-1850s, she was sold to Theodore Lent, a U.S. impresario who later married her to keep control of her and the money she was bringing in, according to the New York Times. She reportedly fell madly in love with Lent, who taught her to sing and dance in order to parade her in freak shows across the United States and Europe.

    Pastrana died in 1860 after giving birth to Lent’s son, who inherited his mother’s condition. The boy died five days later, but Lent was relentless in his pursuit of circus fame. He mummified the bodies of both mother and son, and the show carried on.

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    Re: ‘World’s Ugliest Woman’ Finally Given a Dignified Burial, 153 Years After Her Dea

    Why am I reading this article and thinking "Amy Winehouse?"

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    Re: ‘World’s Ugliest Woman’ Finally Given a Dignified Burial, 153 Years After Her Dea

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    Re: ‘World’s Ugliest Woman’ Finally Given a Dignified Burial, 153 Years After Her Dea

    I guess this sort of condition still exists:

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