Koo-Koo the Bird Girl

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Koo Koo, the Bird Girl
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Born Minnie Woolsey
Rabun County, Georgia
Died still alive in 1960
Nationality American

Minnie Woolsey (1880 – after 1960), billed as Koo Koo the Bird Girl, was an American side show performer.[1]


Woolsey was born in Rabun County, Georgia in 1880. She suffered from a rare congenital growth skeletal disorder called Virchow-Seckel syndrome, which caused her to have a very short stature, a small head, a narrow bird-like face with a beak-like nose, large eyes with an antimongoloid slant,[citation needed] a receding jaw, large ears and mild mental retardation. In addition, Woolsey was bald, toothless, and either completely blind or very short sighted. She would appear in a Native American costume. When and how she died is unknown, but accounts show that she was still alive and performing in 1960, aged in her 80s. She appeared in the 1932 film Freaks, alongside a cast of other sideshow performers from the time. She does not speak in the film but is seen in many scenes.

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  1. ^ "KOO KOO – THE BIRD GIRL" The Human Marvels. Retrieved 28 April 2013.

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