For much of the information and photos in this blog and the followup one, I’m indebted to Listverse.com and Madame Noire (MN). Madame Noire is a sophisticated lifestyle site launched by Usher’s ex-wife, 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)?
Let’s mention Joaquin Phoenix’s cleft lip at the outset.
ACTOR 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 Phoenix has had corrective surgery, but it’s clear some of the celebs included here have gone under the knife..
Some of these defects have been surgically corrected.
ACTOR STACEY KEACH AND QB PEYTON, CLEFT LIP AND PALATE.
Both had corrective surgery. Both are impressive at what they do, and give generously to cleft charities. Say no more.
COMIC DAMON WAYANS, CLUBBED FOOT.
Funnyman Damon Wayans was born with a club foot, a fairly common birth defect affecting nearly one in 1,000 people. As a child he underwent surgery to have the foot corrected.
ROCKER RIVERS CUOMO, UNEVEN LEGS.
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.
ACTRESS JENNIFER GARNER, DEFORMED TOE.
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.