Let us start by talking about conjoined twins. Well, they are twins who are joined inside the womb of a mother. It is an exceedingly rare phenomenon, and more such cases have been seen in Southeast Asia and Africa. But the most famous case of conjoined twins came from England in the 1900s after the birth of Hilton sisters, Daisy and Violet.
At the time of birth, it was considered that separating the girls would result in the death of one. Daisy and Violet were born on 5 February 1908, and unlike most conjoined twins they only shared blood circulation. Both girls had their own organs. The twin sisters became famous in the 1920s, but their life was not as easy as you think.
Let us know more about the unusual and tragic lives of Daisy & Violet Hilton.
The twin sisters were born to a woman named Kate Sinner who was unmarried at that time. She considered their condition as the punishment given by God, and that's why she gave them to a woman named Mary Hilton.
Mary Hilton and her partner used to abuse the girls physically and emotionally. The kids used to call Mary Hilton as Auntie.
Auntie used the girls to earn some money and in order to do that, she put them on display and allowed people to examine them by lifting the skirts.
When Auntie started to earn more money with the help of the twins in Germany and Australia, she decided to take them to the United States but they were not allowed to enter because the sisters were medically unfit.
Mary Hilton created a press buzz when the twins were not allowed in the country. This created pressure on the local authorities, and finally, they were given the permission.
After the death of Mary Hilton, the two guardians of the girls were Edith and Myer Myers. Edith was the biological father of the twins and Myer was his friend who was a salesman from Australia.
Everywhere the sisters went, people wanted to see them, and this resulted in the flow of a lot of money. At one point the girls earned $5000 per week but did not get a single cent from Myers.
In 1931, the twins sued both of their owners and got US S$100,000 in damages. They both were also released from the contracts.
At that time, Violet began a relationship with Maurice Lambert who was a musician. They both also applied for marriage in 21 states but did not get the permission.
In 1936, Violet did a publicity stunt by marrying gay actor James Moore. Their marriage only lasted for ten days. After that, Daisy also married a gay man named Harold Estep and their marriage also lasted for ten days.
The twin sisters also appeared in movies named Freaks (1932) and Chained for Life (1951). The 1951 movie was mostly based on their lives.
The girls were left in 1961 by their manager, and they did not have any money, and that's when they both took a job at a grocery store for their remaining life.
The twin sisters were found dead in their home on 4 January 1969. The cause of their death was Hong Kong flu. According to the forensic report, Daisy died first, and Violet died after two days. The twin sisters were buried Forest Lawn West Cemetery in Charlotte.
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