Mary Ann Bevan, “The Ugliest Woman in the World”


She said that; I didn’t say that! She said that!

Born this day in England in 1874, Mary Ann Webster married Thomas Bevan in 1903, and began to develop the condition known as acromegaly soon thereafter. Bevan must have loved her very much; he not only stayed with her, but subsequently collaborated with her on the inception of four children.

When he passed away in 1914, it was necessary for her to find work. Starting in 1920, she found it at the Dreamland Circus Sideshow in Coney Island. She also worked for Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey before she finally passed away in 1933. (Acromegaly is a condition that causes unnatural growth of the extremities. Bevan suffered from headaches and blindness, and no doubt it was the condition that shortened her life).

To find out more about the variety arts past and presentconsult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous


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