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33 Famous People with Scoliosis

Updated September 27, 2019 1.1m views33 items

List of celebrities with scoliosis, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Scoliosis is a condition in which an individual's spine is curved into an “S” or a “?” rather than being straight. Scoliosis is usually diagnosed in children and adolescents. It can be treated with physical therapy, surgery, bracing, stretching and exercise.

Who is the most famous person who has scoliosis? Sarah Michelle Gellar tops our list. The “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” star was diagnosed with scoliosis when she was growing up and she still suffers from the condition. Gellar runs on a treadmill and does Pilates to help alleviate the symptoms of scoliosis. Other famous actresses with scoliosis include “Kill Bill” star Daryl Hannah, “American Psycho” actress Chloe Sevigny and “Enlightened” star Laura Dern.

Just because an individual has scoliosis, doesn't mean that they can't participate in sports. Several Olympians and other athletes have been diagnosed with scoliosis including Janet Evans, Maritza Carreia and Usain Bolt. Tennis star James Blake also has the condition. Other stars with scoliosis include Sex Pistols front man Johnny Lydon, General Douglas McArthur and cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

Would you have surgery to treat scoliosis or would you look in to alternative treatments? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
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  • Elizabeth Taylor
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    Actress Elizabeth Taylor was born with scoliosis.


    • Age: Dec. at 79 (1932-2011)
    • Birthplace: Hampstead Garden Suburb, United Kingdom

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  • Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain had severe back pain accompany his scoliosis.


    • Age: Dec. at 27 (1967-1994)
    • Birthplace: Aberdeen, Washington, United States of America

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  • Shailene Woodley
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    "Descendants" actress Shailene Woodley wore a back brace for two years to treat her scoliosis.


    • Age: 24
    • Birthplace: Simi Valley, California, United States of America

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  • Chloë Sevigny
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    "Boys Don't Cry" actress Chloe Sevigny was diagnosed with scoliosis as a child and does yoga to help the condition.


    • Age: 45
    • Birthplace: Springfield, Massachusetts, United States of America

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