4. Mary Ann Bevan: THE UGLIEST WOMAN
Mary Ann Webster was born in London, England in 1874, one of eight children.
As a young woman she worked as a nurse and in 1903 married a greengrocer named Thomas Bevan.
Shortly after getting married, Mary Ann began exhibiting symptoms of acromegaly, a form progressive giantism that causes abnormal growth and distortion of the facial features, as well as headaches, failing eyesight and joint and muscle pain.
The Bevans had four children before Thomas’ death in 1914.
5. Mme. Clofullia: THE BEARDED LADY OF GENEVA
Madame Clofullia was born Josephine Boisdechene in Switzerland. She was born hairy and reputedly had a two-inch beard at the age of eight.
At the age of fourteen she began to tour Europe, first accompanied by her father and an agent and then with her father alone. In Paris she met painter Fortune Clofullia and eventually married him.
She also gained extra fame when she fashioned her beard in the imitation of that of Napoleon III. In return, the ruler gave her a large diamond.