Side Show

Musical

Writers: Bill Russell Henry Krieger Hugh Wheeler

Context

Daisy and Violet Hilton (February 5, 1908 – January 4, 1969), two conjoined twins, were born in England in the early 20th century. For most of their young lives, the sisters were exhibited in song-and-dance tours around the world, managed by aunt and caregiver, Mary Hilton, and then later by her daughter and son-in-law. Despite being family, their managers both physically threatened and financially exploited the twins. In 1931, the girls sued their managers for independence, and received a $100,000 settlement for damages incurred. Daisy and Violet, both skilled musicians, passable singers,

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