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St. Bebe of Baton Rouge

Bebe Partout was born in the rural town of Sunshine in Iberville Parish, Louisiana. Little is known of her childhood, which seems to have ended prematurely when she became an exotic dancer at age fifteen. By her eighteenth year, Bebe was a regional star in and around Baton Rouge. Soon it was discovered that her dancing held strange curative powers for animals. For a brief time she headlined on the big money, bright lights, tent revival circuit. But, she left when she felt her art was suffering. Bebe’s nephew, Armand, fondly remembers the day his aunt was dancing naked in a pasture to the accompaniment of Red Nickels and his Five Pennies on an old Victrola. An entire herd of cattle and five pigs were cured of hoof and mouth disease.