Celebrities with Scars: Famous Blemishes and the Stories Behind Them

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Although they're idolized and admired all over the world, even celebrities aren't perfect. While stylists and makeup artists make the very most of stars' appearances, some celebs still bear physical scars that prove they're only human. Here's a look at some Hollywood personalities we love despite their famous blemishes.

In the film "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade," one scene shows a young Indiana cutting his chin with a crack from his iconic bull whip. In actuality, Harrison Ford got his infamous scar in 1964, when his car hit a telephone pole near Laguna Beach, California. He shared the experience with "Late Show" host David Letterman, saying he stood on the road bleeding for hours before someone finally drove him to a hospital. In addition to Ford, "Top Chef" host Padma Lakshmi also has a noticeable car crash scar; she says the mark, which is on her right arm, makes her "interesting."

Back to chin scars, "30 Rock" star Tina Fey is reluctant to discuss hers, saying "It's impossible to talk about it without somehow seemingly exploiting it and glorifying it." While Fey remains mum about her injury, husband Jeff Richmond shared the gruesome story; while a 5-year-old Fey was playing in her Pennsylvania yard, a stranger approached her and cut open her left cheek. Though the hilarious actress-author-screenwriter says she was "unaware" of it as a child, today she prefers to be filmed from her right side.

In addition to being absolutely gorgeous, Catherine Zeta-Jones and the late Elizabeth Taylor have another thing in common: a tracheotomy scar. Catherine got hers as a baby, when her breathing was dangerously impaired by an illness. Elizabeth received hers in 1961 when she contracted pneumonia and was struggling to breathe.

Grammy-winner Seal has spoken openly about his facial scars, saying "People want the scars to be tribal scars. That's just the nature of the media and of people's imaginations." In reality, the London-born singer developed a rare form of lupus at the age of 23, and the disease left him with his now-trademark scars.

Though she makes headlines with nearly every public appearance, the Duchess of Cambridge once piqued curiosity for something other than her fashion sense. While hosting a formal dinner in 2011, a small silver scar could be seen underneath Kate's half-upswept hair, prompting speculation about its cause. Though a source for The Daily Mail claims it was from a "very serious operation," a spokesperson for St. James' Palace declined to elaborate and would only confirm that the scar was from a childhood medical procedure.

Actor Joaquin Phoenix says most people assume his prominent lip scar is the result of a cleft lip and palate, but he insists that's not the case. In a 1995 interview, the "Gladiator" and "Walk the Line" star recounted a visit to a doctor who said, "Who did this harelip operation? That's the best operation I've ever seen." His mom was adamant that her son wasn't born with a harelip - just the scar.

Actress Sandra Bullock, who won an Oscar for her role in "The Blind Side," fell into a creek when she was 11 years old, and the resulting scar is just visible above her left eye. Meanwhile, the Oscar-nominated Sharon Stone gave up a modeling career in favor of making movies after a horseback riding accident left her with a large scar across her neck, which she frequently covers with jewelry.

All things considered, Giuliana Rancic said it best when she refused to cover her mastectomy scars for her appearance at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. While assistants worked to prepare her for the camera, the "Giuliana & Bill" star insisted that she likes her scars and didn't want them covered up. She later spoke to People about her double mastectomy, saying "I think scars tell such an incredible story. I'll always look at them and think, 'Wow, I made it through that.'"

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