Grace McDaniels

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Rose Lewiston (far left), Eli Lewiston (child on left), Harry Lewiston (far right), and several of their performing "freaks." Identified performers include Grace McDaniels the "Mule-Faced Woman" (just left of center in the back row; most of her face is hidden) and Tony Marino the sword swallower (in suit and tie).

Grace McDaniels (1888–1958) was a freak show star known as the "Mule-Faced Woman" due to a severe facial deformity known as Sturge-Weber syndrome. She joined Harry Lewiston's Traveling Circus, where she was paid $175 per week.[1]

McDaniels' son Elmer served as her business manager and traveled with her until her death.


  1. ^ Harry Lewiston and Jerry Holtman (1968). Freak Show Man: the Autobiography of Harry Lewiston, as told to Jerry Holtman. Holloway House Publishing Co. LCCN 68-56374.