Frances O'Connor (performer)
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September 8, 1914|
Granite Falls, Minnesota
|Died||January 30, 1982
Long Beach, California
Frances Belle O'Connor (8 September 1914, Granite Falls, Minnesota, – 30 January 1982, Long Beach, California) was born without arms. She made her living by appearing in various circus sideshows as the armless wonder or the living Venus de Milo. She would perform normal actions, such as eating, drinking, and smoking a cigarette with her feet.
She also appeared in the once-controversial film, Freaks (1932), directed by Tod Browning, in which a number of real people with physical deformities played themselves or other characters. During the sequence at the wedding feast, O'Connor wears a pretty costume that has no sleeves at all, leaving her shoulders entirely bare and revealing that she does not even have stumps where her arms would be.
- "Frances O'Connor, Living Venus de Milo" from Prodigies by James G. Mundie
- "FRANCES O’CONNOR – The Living Venus De Milo" from The Human Marvels by J. Tithonus Pednaud
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