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Duck Girl of New Orleans

Patricia Sullivan

Truth is stranger than fiction, especially in New Orleans. The famous Duck Girl of New Orleans, Ruth Grace Moulon, an eccentric who zoomed from bar to bar on roller skates, often wearing a ratty fur coat or wedding gown and trailed by a string of her beloved ducks, died Sept. 6 of cancer at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge, La., to where she had been evacuated because of Hurricane Gustav.

She was quite a character. The Eccentric New Orleans web site said she started dressing up and training ducks to follow along in the 1950s and since she never attended school, the promenade became her life. She was so often photographed that she sold postcards of herself, some of which can be found here.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  September 17, 2008; 12:40 PM ET
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