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Was the oldest woman in history an imposter ?

January 1, 2019 | Comment icon 8 comments



Did the real Jeanne Calment die back in 1934 ? Image Credit: PD
Researchers in Russia maintain that Jeanne Calment, who died aged 122, was not who she claimed to be.
Reportedly born on February 21st, 1875, Jeanne Louise Calment is widely considered to be the oldest human being who ever lived with a recorded lifespan of 122 years and 164 days.

Calment lived so long that she not only outlived her daughter, but her grandson as well.

Or did she ?

In a new study, Nikolai Zak, a mathematician at Moscow University, has put forward the theory that the woman known as Jeanne Calment was actually Calment's daughter Yvonne.
Records show that Yvonne had reportedly died in 1934 of pleurisy, however according to Zak, it is possible that it was her mother who had died and Yvonne had instead taken on her identity.

This means that Calment had been 99, not 122, when she died in 1997.

Nicolas Brouard, the director of research at the French Institute of Demographic Studies, has since called for the bodies of both women to be exhumed so that further testing can be carried out.

If Calment's claim is rendered void, the record will pass to Sarah Knauss who died in 1999 aged 119.

Source: Fox News | Comments (8)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by freetoroam 4 years ago
She did look 122. And if it was the daughter, she too looked 122 going on 132.
Comment icon #2 Posted by AllPossible 4 years ago
I woke up today feeling 122. Does that count?
Comment icon #3 Posted by acute 4 years ago
Will the real Jeanne Calment please stand up? (with assistance, obviously)
Comment icon #4 Posted by freetoroam 4 years ago
No, unless you are dead.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Myles 4 years ago
Seems logical. 
Comment icon #6 Posted by HollyDolly 4 years ago
You might look up the american actress Corriene Griffth. They made a movie about her father called Papa's Delicate condition.Think that was the  title. It starred Jackie Gleason. At some point, she got invovled in some  sort of court action and denied she was Corriene Griffth.  I'll have to look it up, but it was odd. It might be that this was the woman's daughter poseing as her mom for money.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Eldorado 4 years ago
Thank you!!! Here it's here... In 1966, within a few days, she married and divorced her fourth husband, Broadway actor Danny Scholl (Call Me Mister). Scholl was 45, more than 25 years Griffith's junior. In court she testified that she was not Corinne Griffith. She claimed that she was the actress's younger (by twenty years) sister who had taken her place upon the famous sister's death. Contradictory testimony by actresses Betty Blythe and Claire Windsor, who had both known her since the 1920s, did not shake her story. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corinne_Griffith lol
Comment icon #8 Posted by UFOwatcher 4 years ago
You just can't believe old people. I am one and I know.


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