11 Famous People With Klinefelter Syndrome (Lili Elbe?)

Klinefelter syndrome is a chromosomal condition (due to an additional sex chromosome) which affects male cognitive and physical development.

This results from a random error during the formation of the sperm or egg.

It occurs in about 1 out of 1,000 males, and the risk of a woman having a child with this syndrome may be higher if the mother is over 35 years of age. Nevertheless, many men with this condition are never diagnosed.

Symptoms depend on how much testosterone is in his body, how many XXY cells a man has, and his age when the condition is diagnosed. Signs and symptoms may include:

  • slow motor development — taking longer than average to sit up, crawl and walk;
  • weak muscles and reduced muscle tone;
  • docile personality;
  • delay in speaking;
  • less body and facial hair;
  • abnormally large breasts (gynecomastia);
  • testicles that haven’t descended into the scrotum; infertility;
  • anxiety and depression;
  • wider hips and narrower shoulders;
  • metabolic disorders, such as – diabetes;
  • problems interacting socially.

While there is no cure for this syndrome, numerous treatments may help, including – language and speech therapy, physical therapy, and counseling.

Early identification and anticipatory guidance are helpful in this genetic disorder.

Here Is A List Of Famous People With Klinefelter Syndrome: 

#11 John Strang

John Strang, after pleading guilty to the second-degree murder (he came up behind the victim and fired 2 shots from his .357 Ruger revolver) of his wife, Lisa Strang, was sentenced on October 25, 2017. He had no previous criminal record.

Interestingly, he has never provided an actual explanation for his wife’s murder, just telling that – “I don’t know why I did it. I just did it.”

#10 Caster Semenya

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Mokgadi Caster Semenya Bronze OIB, born January 7, 1991, is a 2016 Olympic gold medallist and a South African middle-distance runner.

On April 16, 2016, she became the 1st person to win all 3 of the 400m, 800m, and 1500m competitions at the South African National Championships. After running, Semenya’s primary focus is on obtaining her degree from the University of Pretoria where she is studying Sports Science.

#9 Dr. Renee Richards

Renee Richards, born August 19, 1934, is an American ophthalmologist and was the 1st transgender woman to play in a professional tennis tournament. She retired in 1982 and moved to New York.

She also taught Martina Navratilova (one of the world’s top female tennis players in the 1970s and ’80s) and also continued eye surgery profession.

#8 Caroline Cossey

Caroline “Tula” Cossey, born August 31, 1954, is an English model. Caroline is one of the world’s best-known trans women, having been the first to pose for Playboy as well as having appeared in a James Bond film.

Also, she worked as an exotic dancer in France to pay for her gender reassignment surgery.

#7 Lou Ferrigno

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Lou Ferrigno is an internationally famous and well-respected bodybuilder and actor. He appeared on TV screens in ”The Incredible Hulk” in 1978, the alter ego of a scientist named Bruce Banner.

Moreover, in 2009, he appeared as himself in the film ”I Love You, Man.”

#6 Tom SizemoreTom Sizemore

He was born Thomas Edward “Tom” Sizemore, Jr. He received his Master in theater from Temple University before pursuing an acting career and enjoyed an auspicious debut year in 1989 when he appeared in no less than 4 movies including Oliver Stone’s Born on the Fourth of July.

#5 Tutankhamun

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King Tutankhamen, also known as Tutankhamun, was the 12th pharaoh of the 18th Egyptian dynasty and ruled Egypt as pharaoh for a decade (1332 to 1324 B.C.E.) until his death at age 19.

Despite his short reign, he is perhaps Egypt’s best-known pharaoh because of the wealth of treasures found during the discovery of his intact tomb in 1922.

#4 Ron PerlmanRon Perlman

He is a classically-trained actor who has appeared in various stage plays, television productions, and other feature films.

Ron Pearlman is best known for his roles as Vincent on the television series Beauty and the Beast (for which Ron won a Golden Globe Award), Clay Morrow on the television series Sons of Anarchy, and as the comic book character Hellboy in both Hellboy (2004) and its sequel Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008).

#3 Janet Mock

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Janet Mock is a former staff editor of People magazine’s website, the author of the New York Times bestseller Redefining Realness, and contributing editor for Marie Claire.

#2 Jamie Lee Curtis

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Jamie Lee Curtis was born on November 22, 1958, in Los Angeles, California. She is an American author and actress, the daughter of legendary actors Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh.

Her debut film was ”Halloween,” where Jamie essayed the role of Laurie Strode, establishing her as an important actress in the horror genre.

#1 George Washington

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He was a leader of the Continental Army in the American Revolution and was the 1st to become the United States president.

George Washington was the only US president unanimously elected, meaning that all of the state representatives voted for him.

New Additions To The List

Lili Elbe

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Lili Ilse Elvenes was one of the first identifiable recipients of sex reassignment surgery. However, before Lili underwent her first surgery, it had been determined by her doctors that she had KS.

Moreover, he came to be known as the “father of the country” and is popularly considered the driving force behind the nation’s establishment, both during his lifetime and to this day.

References

https://www.genome.gov/19519068/learning-about-klinefelter-syndrome/
http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/945649-overview