Today is the birthday of Sandy Allen (1955-2008). From 1976 until her death she was the tallest woman in the world, at 7′ 7″, due to a pituitary condition. Never with sideshows per se, she nevertheless wound up being very much in the public eye via the media. She was frequently on television and even in a couple of movies.
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