Tiny Lavonda, The Smallest Woman in the World


Today is the birthday of LaVonda Stapp, (1920-1963), variously billed as Tiny LaVonda, Little LaVonda, Princess Lavonda, and Lady LaVonda, and always “The Smallest Woman in the World.” At about 24 inches tall she had a fair claim to the title, although her condition made it impossible for her to stand so she could never be properly measured (she had no legs; her feet sprang directly out of her torso). She performed with the sideshow at the Clyde Beatty circus, and had to be pushed around in a tiny wheelchair.

In 1945, she married a dwarf circus clown named Alva Evans and was proud to bear him a son although the child only lived a few days.

For more on performing little people please check out Rose’s Royal Midgets and Other Little People in Vaudeville. 

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