Ms Morano was born on 29 November 1899 in the Piedmont region of Italy. She credited her long life to good genes and steady diet of 3 eggs a day - 2 of them raw.
According to her physician, Dr. Carlo Brava, Emma Morano was not particularly encumbered by a lack of mobility, especially for someone her age. She died at her home in the city of Verbania.
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"I worked in a factory until I was 65, then that was that", she said as she sat in an armchair by her window, a white shawl over her shoulders. Her doctor says she rarely ate vegetables or fruit and instead subsisted primarily on chicken, omelettes, and biscuits. It was a habit she picked up at the age of 20, when a doctor advised her that consuming these three daily eggs would help treat her anemia.
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Her first love died in World War I, but she married later and left her violent husband just before the World War II and shortly after the death in infancy of her only son.
Researchers from Harvard Medical School visited her in 2014 as part of a study into immunity to diseases, the Italian news agency ANSA said.
"He told me, "Either you agree to marry me or I will kill you, '" Morano said".
Bava, who said Morano's caretaker gave him the news, chalked up her longevity to genetics.
"My word, I'm as old as the hills". "[She] does not want to eat meat because she doesn't like it anymore and someone told her it causes cancer". "Her characteristic is that she always eats the same thing, every day, every week, every month and every year".
Morano left her husband in 1938 because he would beat her.