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Sarah Baartman

Sara Baartman, was the most well known of at least two South African Khoikhoi women who, due to their large buttocks, were exhibited as freak show attractions in 19th-century Europe under the name Hottentot Venus—"Hottentot" was the then current name for the Khoi people, now considered an offensive term, and "Venus" referred to the Roman goddess of love.

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James Anthony Bailey

James Anthony Bailey, born James Anthony McGinnis, was an American circus ringmaster.

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W. C. Fields

William Claude Dukenfield, better known as W. C. Fields, was an American comedian, actor, juggler and writer. Fields' comic persona was a misanthropic and hard-drinking egotist, who remained a sympathetic character despite his snarling contempt for dogs and children.

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Maria Rasputin

Maria Rasputin was the daughter of Grigori Rasputin and his wife Praskovia Fyodorovna Dubrovina. She wrote two memoirs about her father, dealing with Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna, the attack by Khionia Guseva and the murder. A third one, The Man Behind the Myth, was published in 1977 in association with Patte Barham. In her three memoirs, the veracity of which has been questioned, she painted an almost saintly picture of her father, insisting that most of the negative stories were based on slander and the misinterpretation of facts by his enemies.

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Daisy and Violet Hilton

Daisy and Violet Hilton were English entertainers, who were conjoined twins. They were exhibited in Europe as children, and toured the United States sideshow, vaudeville and American burlesque circuits in the 1920s and 1930s. They were best known for their film appearances in Freaks and Chained for Life.

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Annie Jones (bearded woman)

Annie Jones Elliot was an American bearded woman, born in Virginia. She toured with showman P. T. Barnum as a circus attraction. Whether the cause of her condition was hirsutism or an unrelated genetic condition that affects children of both sexes and continues into adult years is unknown. Many photographers, including Mathew Brady, took her portraits during her lifetime, which were widely distributed. As an adult, Jones became the country's top "bearded lady" and acted as a spokesperson for Barnum's "Freaks", a word she tried to abolish from the business. Jones married Richard Elliot in 1881, but divorced him in 1895 for her childhood sweetheart William Donovan, who died, leaving Jones a widow. In 1902, Jones died in Brooklyn of tuberculosis.

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Emmett Kelly

Emmett Leo Kelly was an American circus performer, who created the memorable clown figure "Weary Willie", based on the hobos of the Depression era.

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Anna Haining Bates

Anna Haining Bates, was a Canadian giantess famed for her great stature of 7 feet 11 inches (2.41 m). Her parents were of normal height and were Scottish immigrants.

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Victoria Chaplin

Victoria Chaplin is a British-American circus performer. She is the daughter of film actor and comedian Charlie Chaplin from his fourth wife, Oona O'Neill, and the granddaughter of playwright Eugene O'Neill.

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Pinto Colvig

Vance DeBar Colvig, professionally Pinto Colvig, was an American vaudeville actor, voice actor, newspaper cartoonist, and circus performer, whose schtick was playing the clarinet off-key while mugging. Colvig was the original Bozo the Clown, and the original voice of the Disney characters Pluto and Goofy. In 1993, he was posthumously made a Disney Legend for his contributions to Walt Disney Films, including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Fun and Fancy Free.

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Lucky Diamond Rich

Lucky Diamond Rich, or just Lucky Rich, is a New Zealand man who is "the world's most tattooed person", a title formerly held by Tom Leppard. He has tattoos covering his entire body, including the insides of his eyelids, mouth, ears and foreskin. He has held the certified Guinness World Record since 2006, being 99.99 percent tattooed.

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Martin Van Buren Bates

Martin Bates, known as the "Kentucky Giant" was an American man famed for his great height. The Guinness Book of World Records and other reputable sources have him listed at being 7 feet 7.5 inches (2.324 m) tall and weighing 328 pounds (149 kg).

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Nik Wallenda

Nikolas "Nik" Wallenda is an American acrobat, aerialist, daredevil, high wire artist, and author. He is known for his high-wire performances without a safety net. He holds nine Guinness World Records for various acrobatic feats, but is best known as the first person to walk a tightrope stretched directly over Niagara Falls.

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Robert Earl Hughes

Robert Earl Hughes was an American man who was, during his lifetime, the heaviest human being recorded in the history of the world.

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Lavinia Warren

Mercy Lavinia Warren Stratton was an American proportionate dwarf, who was a circus performer and the wife of General Tom Thumb. She was known for her appearance in one silent film, The Lilliputians Courtship (1915).