On Their Own
At age 18, the Dionne sisters left home, breaking off nearly all contact with their family. Emilie became a nun and died of a seizure in 1954. Three married and had children, but divorced. Marie died of a blood clot in 1970. In the mid-1990s, the three remaining sisters — Annette, Cecile, and Yvonne — wrote in their book The Dionne Quintuplets: Family Secrets that their father had abused when he took them alone in the car. The girls were afraid to bring up the issue with their mother, but they did tell a school chaplain at the time. Annette said the advice he offered them was to "wear a thick coat when we went for car rides."