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Animal tamer Irina Bugrimova with lions at her feet

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Circus legend Irina Bugrimova would have celebrated her 100th birthday on March 13. Her co-workers and friends called her the queen of the kings

Circus legend Irina Bugrimova would have celebrated her 100th birthday on March 13. Her co-workers and friends called her the queen of the kings.

© RIA Novosti . Ustinov / Go to the photo bankCircus legend Irina Bugrimova would have celebrated her 100th birthday on March 13. Her co-workers and friends called her the queen of the kings.
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Circus legend Irina Bugrimova would have celebrated her 100th birthday on March 13. Her co-workers and friends called her the queen of the kings.
© RIA Novosti . Minkevich / Go to the photo bankIn 1929, Irina Bugrimova entered the arena for the first time. She was the world’s first female lion tamer. Photo: Irina Bugrimova in 1958.
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In 1929, Irina Bugrimova entered the arena for the first time. She was the world’s first female lion tamer. Photo: Irina Bugrimova in 1958.
© RIA Novosti . Ustinov / Go to the photo bankIn 1937, the Soviet circus bought several tamed leopards. Surprisingly, the circus manager offered Bugrimova a chance to train the leopards. However, after working with them Bugrimova realized she should be using lions, the true king of beasts. Photo: Lion tamer Irina Bugrimova, 1966.


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In 1937, the Soviet circus bought several tamed leopards. Surprisingly, the circus manager offered Bugrimova a chance to train the leopards. However, after working with them Bugrimova realized she should be using lions, the true king of beasts. Photo: Lion tamer Irina Bugrimova, 1966.


© RIA Novosti . Ustinov / Go to the photo bankУкротительница хищников Ирина Бугримова выступает в московском цирке.



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Укротительница хищников Ирина Бугримова выступает в московском цирке.



© RIA Novosti . V, Gabay / Go to the photo bankSpectators around the world admired the famous lion tamer. Her animal acts were more than just a series of tricks. Each show was a small performance. Photo: Animal tamer Irina Bugrimova, 1957.


Animal tamer Irina Bugrimova with lions at her feet - Sputnik International
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Spectators around the world admired the famous lion tamer. Her animal acts were more than just a series of tricks. Each show was a small performance. Photo: Animal tamer Irina Bugrimova, 1957.


© RIA Novosti . Juriy Somov / Go to the photo bankThe tamer who was also a daredevil would ride a motorcycle up a vertical wall… with a lion on her back. Photo: Irina Bugrimova with her animal in 1969.
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The tamer who was also a daredevil would ride a motorcycle up a vertical wall… with a lion on her back. Photo: Irina Bugrimova with her animal in 1969.
© RIA Novosti . Ju. Bykovskiy / Go to the photo bankIrina and her lions would soar to the heights of the big top on swings. The lions would walk tightropes…
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Irina and her lions would soar to the heights of the big top on swings. The lions would walk tightropes…
© RIA Novosti . Chernykh / Go to the photo bank… and take meat from her mouth.
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… and take meat from her mouth.
© RIA Novosti . Juriy Somov / Go to the photo bankIn the finale, the animals would lie on the floor next to each other and their tamer would lie on top of them.
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In the finale, the animals would lie on the floor next to each other and their tamer would lie on top of them.
© RIA Novosti . Dolyagin / Go to the photo bankIrina Bugrimova left the circus in 1971 after a performance in Lvov where she stumbled and her lion Neron injured Irina’s leg. Photo: Irina Bugrimova and a sick lion, 1965.
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Irina Bugrimova left the circus in 1971 after a performance in Lvov where she stumbled and her lion Neron injured Irina’s leg. Photo: Irina Bugrimova and a sick lion, 1965.
© RIA Novosti . V. Kozlov / Go to the photo bankIrina Bugrimova died of heart attack on February 20, 2001.
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Irina Bugrimova died of heart attack on February 20, 2001.
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