Richard Lorenc, 33, found out his real mom is a world-famous bearded lady.
Richard Lorenc, 33, found out his real mom is a world-famous bearded lady.

Son finds real mom is bearded lady

By Time of article published Nov 25, 2010

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A man’s quest to find his biological mother ended in a hair-raising discovery.

Richard Lorenc, 33, found out his real mom is a world-famous bearded lady.

Now, the US man has been reunited with Vivian Wheeler, 62, who once worked in a circus sideshow.

After six weeks of investigating, the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services put him in touch with his mother.

Richard inherited his mother’s condition of hypertrichosis, also known as werewolf syndrome, which manifests itself in the growth of excessive facial hair from a very early age.

Vivian was also born a hermaphrodite, but her mother told doctors to remove her male genitals after her birth.

Her dad sent her to work in sideshows as a five-year-old and she earned up to R7 000 a month, which she sent home to her family.

She was also recognised by The Guinness Book of Records for having the longest beard ever grown by a female - an impressive 30 centimetres.

Her son Richard was taken from Vivian when he was three and was adopted at age seven. - Daily Voice

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