Violet and Daisy: The Story of Vaudeville's Famous Conjoined Twins

Violet and Daisy: The Story of Vaudeville's Famous Conjoined Twins

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The absorbing and compulsively readable story of Violet and Daisy Hilton, conjoined twins who were the sensation of the US sideshow circuits in the 1920s and 1930s.

On February 5, 1908, Kate Skinner, a 21-year-old unmarried barmaid in Brighton, England, gave birth to twin girls. They each had ten fingers and ten toes, but were joined back to back at the base of the spine. Freaks, monsters--that's what they were called. Mary Hilton, Kate's employer and midwife, adopted Violet and Daisy and promptly began displaying the babies as Brighton's United Twins. Exhibitions at street fairs, carnivals, and wax museums across England and Scotland followed. At 8 years old, the girls came to the United States, eventually becoming the stars of sideshow, vaudeville, and burlesque circuits in the 1920s and 1930s.

In a story loaded with questions about identity and exploitation, Sarah Miller delivers a completely compelling, empathetic portrait of two sisters whose bonds were so sacred that nothing -- not even death-- would compel Violet and Daisy to break them.

ISBN: 9780593119730

Published Date: April 27, 2021

Publisher: Schwartz & Wade

Language: English

Page Count: 310

Size: 8.89" l x 5.84" w x 1.14" h

Age Classification: 12+