Frank Lentini

Frank Lentini


Frank Lentini was a Sicilian-American sideshow performer who was born with three legs, four feet, 16 fingers, and two sets of genitals.


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Frank Lentini was born at 9 Gintoli Street, Rosolini, Sicily, on May 18, 1889, to farmers Natale and Giovanna Falco. Delivered by midwife Maria Alberino, he was the fifth of 12 children (seven sisters and five brothers) in his family. Disgraced initially, his parents gave him into the care of the wife of his uncle Corrido Falco. At four months old he was sent to be examined by a specialist in Naples. By age five he was playing with other children and was able to straighten his third leg but not walk. He became known for having three legs, four feet, and two sets of genitals.

Lentini was born with a parasitic twin. The twin was attached to his body at the base of his spine and consisted of a pelvic bone, a rudimentary set of male genitalia, and a full-sized leg extending from the right side of his hip, with a small foot protruding from its knee.

He was exhibited in numerous cities including (from 1897) London. When he was eight, Mantano, who ran a traveling puppet show, brought him to Middleton, and Lentini's family moved to the United States. Lentini then entered the sideshow business as The Great Lentini, joining the Ringling Brothers Circus. He gained US citizenship at the age of 30. His career spanned over 40 years and he worked with every major circus and sideshow including Barnum and Bailey and Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. Lentini was so respected among his peers that he was often called "The King".


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