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Frida Kahlo Fridas life began and ended in Mexico City in her home known as the Blue HouseShe gave her birthdate as July 71910 but her birth certificate shows July 61907 This is just one of the many lies Frida told about her life At age 6 Frida was stricken with polio which caused her right leg to appear much thinner than the other It was to remain that way permanently When Frida entered high school she was a tomboy full of mischief who became the ringleader of a rebellious group of mainly boys that continually caused trouble in the National Preparatory School This group pulled many pranks mainly on professors It was also in the National Preparitory School that Frida first came in contact with her future husband the famous Mexican muralist Diego Rivera He was commissioned to paint a mural in the schools auditorium On September 17 1925 at about age 18 Frida Kahlo was involved in a serious bus accident which left her with a broken spinal column a broken collarbone broken ribs a broken pelvis and 11 fractures in her right leg In addition her right foot was dislocated and crushed and her shoulder was out of joint For a month Frida was forced to stay flat on her back encased in a plaster cast and enclosed in a boxlike structure Fridas enormous strength and will to live allowed her to survive and make a remarkable recovery She began painting shortly after the accident because she was bored in bed This became her lifelong profession Although Fridas recovery was miraculous she regained her ability to walk she did have relapses of tremendous pain and fatigue all throughout her life which caused her to be hospitalized for long periods of time bedridden at times and also caused her to undergo numerous operations She once joked that she held the record for the most operations Frida underwent about
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