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Meet Emma Morano, the world's oldest living person

Meet Emma Morano, the world's oldest living person

Morano once told a reporter that the first man she planned to marry was killed in World War One.

Image: Emma Morano, thought to be the world's oldest person and the last to be born in the 1800s, reacts in front of her 117th birthday cake in Verbania, northern Italy November 29, 2016.

She held a small party with a cake, and blew out the candles- not one for every year - but the three numerals 117.

Ms Morano is five years younger than the Oldest person ever, Jeanne Louise Calment, who reached 122 years 164 days.

Emma Morano turned 117 on Tuesday and celebrated at her home in Italy with a big cake. Recently, however, she's cut down to two eggs and added a few biscuits to the mix, but her doctor said she's "eaten very few vegetables, very little fruit".

Her life spans across three centuries, two World Wars and more than 90 Italian governments.

Morano's sister, whom Bava cared for as well, died at 97.

And, despite her age, Morano has a childlike love of cookies. He wished her peace and continued good health. Devastatingly, she never saw him again and assumed he had died. But her doctor cites her consistency as a reason she's lived so long. Since then, she supported herself, lived alone, and worked in a factory until the age of 65. After she ditched her allegedly violent husband, "I didn't want to be dominated by anyone", she told The New York Times previous year. Besides the whole not-leaving-her-apartment thing (in all seriousness, Morano has been mostly bed-bound for the past year), she's said to be deaf and to have difficulty seeing. Inevitably, journalists and geneticists have beaten a path to her door, eager to discover the "secret" of her long life. Emma told La Stampa in 2011 that her husband had blackmailed her into getting married, threatening to kill her.