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December 26, 1933

Mary Bevan



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Full Name
Mary Ann Webster

20 December 1874 (
Plaistow, London, England

Thomas Bevan (m. 1903; wid. 1914)

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Mary Ann Bevan (20 December 1874 – 26 December 1933) was an English woman who, after developing acromegaly, toured the sideshow circuit as "the ugliest woman in the world."


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Early years

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Mary Ann Webster was one of eight children born into a working class family in Plaistow, Newham, London. She later became a nurse. In 1903 she married Thomas Bevan with whom she would have four children. Thomas Bevan died suddenly in 1914.

Sideshow career

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Bevan started exhibiting the symptoms of acromegaly soon after she was married, around the age of 32. She began to suffer from abnormal growth and facial distortion, which led to her "homely" appearance, along with severe headaches and fading eyesight. After the death of her husband in 1914, she no longer had the income to support herself and her four children. Bevan decided to capitalize on her appearance and entered an "Ugliest Woman" contest which she won.

In 1920, she was hired by Sam Gumpertz to appear in Coney Island's Dreamland sideshow, a form of freak show, where she would spend most of the remainder of her life. She also made appearances at the World's Fair for the Ringling Brothers Circus until her death.


Bevan died on 26 December 1933 at the age of 59. Her funeral was held on 2 January 1934, after which she was buried at the Brockley Cemetery in London. When she died she weighed 12 stone (168 lbs or 76 kg) and measured 5 feet 7 inches (170 centimeters)–not excessive for someone with acromegaly.


In the early 2000s, Bevan's image was used on a birthday card in the United Kingdom made by Hallmark Cards. The card made reference to the dating show Blind Date. A complaint was made by a Dutch doctor that it was disrespectful to a woman who had become deformed as the result of a disease. Hallmark decided that it was indeed inappropriate and agreed to stop distribution of the card.


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