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Man finds long lost mother is "THE BEARDED LADY"!!

Yep, 33-year-old Richard Lorenc of Kansas was given up for adoption as a baby.  He's married now with a wife and two young daughters, and never knew his biological parents.  He was curious, but never tried to track them down.

 --Then, earlier this year, he started having health problems and needed to find out about his family medical history.  So he filed a request with the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services and got the name of his biological mother.

--It turns out she's 62-year-old Vivian Wheeler.  And when Richard researched her, he found out she's a legend.  A carnival sideshow legend.  Vivian is one of the most famous BEARDED LADIES of all time!

--In fact, her beard reached 11 inches, which landed her in "Ripley's Believe It Or Not!" and the "Guinness Book Of World Records" for the longest beard ever grown by a female.

--Vivian was born with hypertrichosis, which is also known as werewolf syndrome.  At birth she had an inch-and-a-half of light hair on her cheeks and chin.  So her father put her into carnival sideshows at a young age.

--She's legally female, but was also born a hermaphrodite.  At birth, her male genitalia was removed, and it was an incredible long shot that she'd ever conceive a child.

 --In 1977, Vivian got-it-on with a carnival ride operator . . . and somehow got pregnant.  Richard was born nine months later . . . but the father quickly gave him up for adoption.

 --After Richard got Vivian's name, he set out on a quest to find her.  He contacted the writer of the book "American Sideshow" who put him in touch with some of her friends and, a few weeks later, he tracked her down in Bakersfield, California.

 --Since then, they've been in communication, talking every few weeks.  They say their next plan is to meet on the "Maury Povich Show", where they can get a DNA test to prove they are, in fact, mother and son



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09/17/2010 8:05AM
Man finds long lost mother is "THE BEARDED LADY"!!
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