Celebs with cleft lip & other birth defects——I.

For much of the information and photos in this blog and the followup one, I’m indebted to  Listverse.com  and Madame Noire (MN). MN is a sophisticated lifestyle site launched by Usher’s exwife, Tameka Raymond. It is a classic fashion and beauty site. What else would you expect from an Oakland born former hairdresser to the stars (e.g., Lauryn Hill)?

Hop on over to Madame Noire’s site for more fun, especially for info on African-American lifestyles.

Let’s mention Joaquin Phoenix’s at the outset.

JOAQUIN PHOENIX, MICROFORM CLEFT LIP.

Actor Phoenix has been a staple for this site, mostly as a foil to the protagonist of my memoir Cleft Heart who has a more consequential cleft lip than Phoenix. There is some debate about whether Phoenixhas had corrective surgery, but it’s clear some of the celebs included here have gone under the knife..

Physical can range from the purely cosmetic to  dysfunctional, even life-threatening. Included here are a variety of Hollywood celebs who’ve had rather significant birth defects .

Some of these defects have been surgically corrected.

DAMON WAYANS, CLUBBED FOOT.

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Funnyman Damon Wayans was born with a club  foot, a fairly common affecting nearly one in 1,000 people. As a child he underwent surgery to have the foot corrected.

 

RIVERS CUOMO, UNEVEN LEGS.

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Weezer’s Alternative Rock front man Rivers Cuomo was born with one leg about two inches shorter than the other. He had the problem corrected as an adult in a grueling procedure that involved the surgical breaking of his leg, followed by months of wearing a brace and physically stretching the leg several times per day. This experience inspired Cuomo to write a song called “The Good Life,” and he featured an x-ray image of his broken leg on the single’s album, Pinkerton.

JENNIFER GARNER, DEFORMED TOE.

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Most people don’t find themselves staring at Jennifer Garner’s feet because she is a beautiful woman. However, if they did they’d see a condition in which one of the five long bones of the foot is shorter than the others, resulting in a shortened toe.   Garner has brachymetatarsia.

My next blog will deal with other celebs with deformities.