The shortest woman in history was Pauline Musters, who only reached a height of 24 inches or 2ft. She was born in 1876, in Ossendrecht, Holland, and died in New York, USA, at the age of 19. She was suffering from a combination of meningitis and pneumonia. Ms Musters begin performing when she was very young, often using the stage name Princess Pauline, to draw in the crowds. Her costumes were all handmade for her and highly elaborate.