Actress Kathy Bates portrays the bearded lady Ethel Darling on the show, but there are actually a small number of women who are able to grow facial hair.for example jane barnell.
LOBSTER BOY (my FAVORITE)
In the mid 1900's, Grady Franklin Stiles, Jr. had a condition known as ectrodactyly, in which the fingers and toes are fused together.In the mid 1900's, Grady Franklin Stiles, Jr. had a condition known as ectrodactyly, in which the fingers and toes are fused together.In the show, the character "Jimmy Darling" is played by AHS regular Evan Peters
Sarah Paulson plays conjoined twins Bette and Dot on the show. But the most famous pair were Chang and Eng Bunker who were joined by a band of flesh and fused at the torso. Born in Siam, they travelled with P.T. Barnum's circus for years and were the first conjoined pair to be labeled "Siamese Twins."
Back in the 19th century, a "strongman" was an exhibitor of strength who would perform various feats such as the bent press, steel bending and chain breaking. Some famous strongmen included Paul Edward Anderson, William Bankier and The Great Antonio. Michael Chiklis portrays the show's strongman Dell Toledo.
In the freak shows, those with microcephaly were commonly referred to as "pinheads." Microcephaly is a neurodevelopmental disorder that causes abnormal growth of the brain. Two of the more famous examples are Zip the Pinhead and Schlitzie the Pinhead who both appeared in the 1932 movie "Freaks." On AHS, Pepper the Pinhead is played by Naomi Grossman.
Twist the Clown (that creepy smile creeps me out )
John Carroll Lynch portrays the psychopathic killer "Twisty the Clown" in AHS, but America's first 'white faced' clown was portrayed by George "G.L." Fox in the mid-1800's. He popularized the Humpty Dumpty stories throughout the first half of the 19th century.
On the show, Angela Bassett portrays having an extra breast or "accessory breast" as almost glamourous. However, polymastia or multiple breast syndrome is a real condition. These breasts may appear without nipples or areolae and are found most often in males, surprisingly enough. In 2014, a woman from Florida claimed to have had a third breast added with the help of plastic surgery. However, it turned out to be a hoax.
Emma Roberts portrays fortune teller Maggie Esmerelda on AHS. Fortune-telling originally grew form folkloristic reception of Renaissance magic and received much criticism from the Christian, Muslim and Jewish faiths. Common methods include tarot reading, astromancy, scrying, and palmistry.