Anyone who is familiar with Tod Browning’s classic film Freaks will no doubt be more than acquainted with Siamese twins Daisy and Violet Hilton. The rest of you who are stunned to hear that Titanic was based upon actual events … not so much. Still, it’s never too late to learn something.
According to Deadline, Leslie and Robert Zemeckis are teaming on Bound by Flesh, a documentary Leslie will direct on Daisy and Violet Hilton, Siamese sisters joined at the hip who graduated from wax museums and the carnival sideshow circuit to become the biggest moneymaking act on vaudeville. Robert Zemeckis, her husband, will be executive producer, with Jackie Levine producing. Look for the flick in the fall of 2013.
Born in Brighton, England, the sisters were conjoined twins, and their mother, a single barmaid, sold them to her boss, who sniffed a freak show fortune. They were taught to dance and sing and were exploited throughout their childhood until they eventually sued and won their freedom. They went on to have a successful career until the business phased out. At their peak they worked alongside Jack Benny, Bob Hope, and Burns and Allen.
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