Telegraph Magazine
LIFE PARTNERS
In a new book of photographs, Mary Ellen Mark looks at what makes twins tick
November 16th 2003
Photographs by Mary Ellen Mark


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Mindy and Michele Nelson
11 years old. Michele older by one minute

Mindy: ‘We are sisters and best friends. I have a crush on her boyfriend.' Michele: 'I don't care’


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Miguel Angel and Marco Antonio Peralta
27 years old. Marco older by five minutes


Marco: 'When we get married, my wife is always going to be second. If Miguel needs me and my wife needs me, chances are that I will help him first and help my wife second. We want to marry twins and have twin babies.'


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Jill Ayers and Jean Burk‑Ujvary
44 years old. Jean older by seven minutes

Jean: 'When I met her husband‑to‑be, he didn't even know us and after only five minutes I went, "That's the one I want for her," because I knew I could live with him. I loved him immediately.'


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Don and Dave Wolf
44 years old. Dave older by six minutes

Dave: 'Don and I have been together all our lives, really. We've pretty much always worked at the same places and now we live in a truck. If Don dies before me, it would be very painful. I would miss him. But I know that I'd be reunited with him again in heaven.'


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Paula Mathis and Polly Mathis Wasdin
29 years old. Polly older by eight minutes


Polly: 'I don't think I could live without Paula. It would be like half of me dying.'
Paula: 'We couldn't imagine not having each other. We are that close.'


'Twins' (Aperture, £32) by Mary Ellen Mark is available from Telegraph Books Direct (0870 155 7222). Please include £2.25 p&p

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