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Kathleen Valentines Blog - The Bearded Lady Revisited - June 14, 2012 11:21

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How Annie Jones attained fame as P.T. Barnum's "Bearded Lady" yet still died little more than a circus "freak" in the eyes of many.

Annie Jones (bearded woman)

Barnum is getting any attention at all. Just leave me alone. Is this all the universe has given me? The eldest of five children, she grew up in Hawaii with her Polynesian, New Zealand-born mother, Susanne, and her British-born father, David. She found she was most at ease when she was performing, which Settle started doing at the ripe old age of 2. Settle says her father, whom she describes as a mashup of Mr. Susanne was the inspiration behind every performance Settle did up until that point.

A bearded lady or bearded woman is a woman who has the ability to grow a visible beard. These women have long been a phenomenon of legend, curiosity, or ridicule. A relatively small number of women are able to grow enough facial hair to have a distinct beard. It is usually the result of a fairly common condition: polycystic ovary syndrome , which causes excess testosterone, and also an over-sensitivity to testosterone, and thus to a greater or lesser extent results in male pattern hair growth, among other symptoms. In some cases, female beard growth is the result of a hormonal imbalance usually androgen excess , or a rare genetic disorder known as hypertrichosis.

But despite her success as a cultural meme, the original bearded lady elicited little more than a shrug. But the woman in the photo, Madame Josephine Clofullia, was viewed much differently by her contemporaries. The bearded-lady gag, of course, relies on audiences to be astonished by contradiction: A woman with a beard? It must be a man. Her beard, in short, was largely irrelevant to her status as a woman. As a sideshow, she bombed. Today, P.

Annie Jones Elliot (July 14, – October 22, ) was an American bearded woman, born in Virginia. She toured with showman P. T. Barnum as a circus attraction. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus · Anna Haining Bates · Eli Bowen · Chang and Eng Bunker · Cardiff Giant · Circassian beauties · Henry.
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Annie Jones (“The Bearded Lady”)

According to some sources, today is the birthday of bearded lady Annie Jones circa Already a furry specimen by age nine months, she was hired under the care of her mother to be exhibited by P. Barnum , for whom she worked for most of her career. She came to be one of his most prominent and well paid attractions, and the best known bearded lady in the country. She was also able to sing and play several musical instruments. Jones married twice and died in her early 40s, of TB contracted while she was touring France with the Barnum and Bailey Circus.

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