Helen “Baby Bunny” Smith

BunnyHelen “Baby Bunny” Smith (1888 – 1951), the Fat Lady, always had a sunny disposition. She tipped the scales at 689 pounds when she was in her prime, but unlike other fat ladies, her weight was distributed evenly, not just around her stomach. She joined the circus for a time, but became too fat to fit into ordinary railroad cars. She became insulted when they suggested that she ride in the baggage cars and settled down at Coney Island. Instead of ridiculing her, the hundreds of thousands who passed by her platform became infected by her gaiety. She was married to Peter Robinson, the Living Skeleton, and eventually they had two children together.


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