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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.
  • Princess Eugenie of York

    Princess Eugenie of York
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    Princess Eugenie of York had surgery at the age of 12 to correct the curvature of her spine due to scoliosis.

    When she got married, she opted for a dress that exposed her back and her scar, saying, "I had an operation when I was 12 on my back, and you'll see on Friday [at her wedding], but it's a lovely way to honor the people who looked after me and a way of standing up for young people who also go through this."

    • Age: 30
    • Birthplace: The Portland Hospital for Women and Children, London, United Kingdom


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  • Sarah Michelle Gellar
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    "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" star Sarah Michelle Gellar runs on a treadmill and does Pilates to help her scoliosis.

    • Age: 43
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

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  • Usain Bolt
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    Runner Usain Bolt was born with scoliosis.

    • Age: 34
    • Birthplace: Sherwood Content, Jamaica

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  • Rebecca Romijn
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    Rebecca Romijn was diagnosed with scoliosis when she was 13.

    • Age: 47
    • Birthplace: Berkeley, California, United States of America

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