Lives and Loves of Daisy and Violet Hilton: A True Story of Conjoined Twins

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"As the "most famous freaks in the world" glided effortlessly across the stage, the awestruck crowd whooped with delight. They had come to see the all-singing, alldancing "Siamese" Hilton twins - lauded as the best vaudeville act in a decade - who were dancing with one of the day's rising stars... Bob Hope. From an inauspicious beginning, spurned by their mother in a backstreet hovel in Brighton, East Sussex, Britain's most famous conjoined twins had arrived. Violet and Daisy Hilton were welcomed by A-list America and promptly embraced all its hedonistic pleasures, partying hard and even taking a string of lovers. They also married, divorced and had a baby. As a result, they were the subject of intense tabloid scrutiny and even a Hollywood movie. But the Hiltons would end their days as they had begun - in miserable poverty, hiding from the morbid fascination that dogged them after their beauty and fame faded. Now, their incredible true story is the subject of a new book by American author Dean Jensen. " Justine Smith --The Daily Mirror, Sat 20.01.07

"Joined at birth, Daisy and Violet rose from poverty in Brighton to be the world's best-paid variety stars. And as a new book reveals, they had no shortage of ardent suitors...." David Leafe --The Daily Mail, Sat 03.02.07

"Joined at birth, Daisy and Violet rose from poverty in Brighton to be the world's best-paid variety stars. And as a new book reveals, they had no shortage of ardent suitors...." David Leafe --The Daily Mail, Sat 03.02.07

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THE LIVES AND LOVES OF DAISY AND VIOLET HILTON follows the poignant life story of twin sisters who were literally joined at the hip, set against the tumultuous backdrop of America during the first half of the 20th century. Daisy and Violet and an unforgettable cast of show-business characters come alive on the pages of this carefully researched and sensitively written biography.Reviews"Jensen'?s book is a testament to the fickleness of the entertainment world."-Tampa Bay Tribune"It is an affecting story, gently and honestly told without frills, without sensation. In Jensen'?s hands, the twins are always human, individuals, never freaks joined at the hips as the world saw them after their birth in 1908. . . Here, their story is pure."-Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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