Dionne Quintuplets

January 12, 2012 by staff 

Dionne Quintuplets, The Dionne quintuplets (born May 28, 1934) are the first quintuplets known to survive their infancy. The sisters were born just outside Callander, Ontario, Canada near the village of Corbeil.

The Dionne girls were born two months premature. After four months with their family, they were made wards of the King for the next nine years under the Dionne Quintuplets’ Guardianship Act, 1935. The government and those around them began to profit by making them a significant tourist attraction in Ontario.

The Dionne Quintuplets

The identical quintuplet sisters were (in order of birth):

Yvonne ?douilda Marie Dionne – died June 23, 2001, age 67, of cancer
Annette Lillianne Marie Dionne (Allard) – age 77 as of January 2012
Cécile Marie ?milda Dionne (Langlois) – age 77 as of January 2012
?milie Marie Jeanne Dionne – died August 6, 1954, age 20, of accidental suffocation during an epileptic seizure at her convent
Marie Reine Alma Dionne (Houle) – died February 27, 1970, age 35, of an apparent blood clot of the brain in Montreal
?milie and Marie shared an embryonic sac (and were mirror twins), Annette and Yvonne shared an embryonic sac, and it is believed that Cécile shared an embryonic sac with the miscarried sixth fetus. Interestingly, each girl became emotionally the closest to with whomever they shared a sac; Cécile tended to be alone the most.

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