Sandra Elaine Allen, the World’s Tallest Woman, died today. She was only fifty three. While I never knew Ms. Sandy Allen, I’ve known about her work for some time, which IMDB only scratches the surface of. I’ve seen her playing herself in various documentaries about “freaks” and their experiences in life, and she’s always carried herself with dignity. She seems like the kind of person you’d want to spend a lot of time with, who would be fun to talk to and also very caring and empathetic. She provided a warm glow in the otherwise bleak and stale Sid & Marty Krofft produced made-for-TV horror movie, Side Show, and as I just learned today, she was even in Fellini’s Casanova film!
Here she is in her youth, when a letter sent to the Guinness Book people landed her a listing and a job. Doesn’t she act like someone who’s finally coming into her own and getting some long overdue recognition? I know we’ve seen a lot of very talented people go in just a few short weeks, but this is one obituary that broke just a little bit of my heart to write.