The first Catwoman was dx with Charcot-Maire in her 70s

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The first Catwoman was dx with Charcot-Maire in her 70s

Postby jro on February 14th, 2009, 12:10 pm

Googling again and found the following interesting info. I thought genetic disease like this would have to been known about early in life but this is a good example that this is not always the case. This women was a dancer and has the disease.
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Remarkably, Newmar, who soon turns 75, said the costume - with its 22-inch waist - Batman so adored her in still fits.

She has donated it to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History for an exhibit opening in the fall.

These days, not all is purr-fect with the 5-foot-11 blond star.

For one thing, she's slowly being robbed of her ability to walk by an incurable neuromuscular disease called Charcot-Marie-Tooth. The disease, first described in 1886 by three French physicians, affects an estimated 2.6 million people.

"My symptoms started around 2000, when I found walking difficult," Newmar said. "About six months ago, the UCLA neurologist I've been seeing diagnosed it."

The grim prognosis came as a sharp blow. Newmar's 33-inch-long and still shapely legs - once insured for $1 million by Lloyds of London - have been her life-long trademark.

"Today, I walk - but very s-l-o-w-l-y," she revealed. "My balance is also affected.
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