The story of the Dionne Quintuplets is a sad one with the Canadian government realizing the tourism potential of the little girls removed custody from their parents at the age of 4 months making them wards of the provincial govenment originally until the age of 18. Oliva Dionne remained part of the gardianship controlled by Dr. Dafoe and two other guardians. They were moved across the road from their house to the Dafoe Hospital and Nursery known as Quintland built specially for them. There tourists could watch the girls play behind one-way screens. The Quintuplets brought in about $1 million and attracted l about $51 million of tourist revenue to Ontario in 1934 alone. Quintland became Ontario's biggest tourist attraction. Their lives were very structured under the watchful eye of Dr. Dafoe. They had some contact with their parents and siblings while living in Quintland. In 1943 they moved back in with their parents in a newly built mansion called The Big house that was within walking distance of Quintland. In 1998, the three living sisters (Yvonne, Cécile, Annette) reached a monetary settlement of $2.8 million with the Ontario government as compensation for the governments exploitation of the girls. Yvonne passed away on June 23, 2001. Cécile and Annette remain living in Yvonne's house in St. Bruno, Québec.
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