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Joan Rhodes (13 April 1921 - 30 May 2010) at her home in London 5 April 2014
Joan Rhodes (13 April 1921 - 30 May 2010) at her home in London 5 April 2007 was a London-born British performer, wrestler, stuntwoman and strongwoman. Born into poverty in London, she and her siblings were deserted by their parents. Following unhappy spells in the workhouse and with an aunt, she left home at 14. After sleeping rough in Brewer Street, Soho, she joined a travelling fair, where she got the idea for her act after seeing a professional strong man at work.
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