Susanna Bokoyni

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Susanna Bokoyni (24 April 1879 – 24 August 1984), also known as "Princess Susanna", was a Hungarian centenarian and circus performer who was listed in Guinness World Records as the longest-lived dwarf on record. The second-longest lived is Rozika Ovitz Ovitz, a Holocaust survivor from Rozavlea, Romania, who died at age 98.[1][2][3]

Early life and career

Bokoyni was born in Hungary on 24 April 1879. Doctors told her family that she would not live past age seven. At age 16, she became a dancer at Budapest's Orpheum Theater. She later toured with Rose's Parisian Midget Follies and Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show where she performed a tight rope act.[4]

Later life and death

In 1972, the nonagenarian Bokoyni moved to Newton, New Jersey and settled at the Merriam House Retirement Home. On 24 August 1984, she died at age 105 at Newton Memorial Hospital. She was interred at Glenwood Cemetery in Vernon, New Jersey.[5]

See also


  1. ^ The Guinness Book of World Records. 1994. p. 150. ISBN 0-553-56561-3.
  2. ^ Koren, Yehuda; Negev, Eilat (27 April 2009). "In Our Hearts We Were Giants: The Remarkable Story of the Lilliput Troupe--A Dwarf Family's Survival of the Holocaust". Da Capo Press. Retrieved 28 July 2017 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ "The dwarves of Auschwitz". 23 March 2013. Retrieved 28 July 2017.
  4. ^ Weird NJ, volume 23. 2004.
  5. ^ Profile,; accessed 28 July 2017.
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