Sandy Elaine Allen

Sandy Elaine Allen

Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Death 13 Aug 2008 (aged 53)
Shelbyville, Shelby County, Indiana, USA
Burial Shelbyville, Shelby County, Indiana, USA
Memorial ID 29029519 · View Source
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American Folk Figure. She was the Guinness World Book title holder as the tallest woman on record since 1976. Sandy measured at 7 feet 7.25 inches. A pituitary tumor was the source of her body releasing excessive amounts of growth hormone. At birth the 6.5 pound normal baby began to grow quickly and by age ten she measured at 6 feet 3 inches. By age 16 she had reached 7 feet 1 inch. In 1974 she wrote to Guinness World Records looking to meet others her size. From there her fame began as the world's tallest woman. Her new found status brought her to write a book, "Cast A Different Shadow," and gave a series of lectures on behalf of giants. She was especially fond of visiting grade schools and talking with the children. She admired children for their openess with her and their questions, as compared to the akward encounters she had among adults who didn't know how to approach her. She appeared in the Academy Award winning Italian film, "Il Casnova di Federico Fellini," the Canadian/American documentary film, "Being Different," and also a made-for-TV movie, "Side Show" (1981).

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