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Schlitze (1901–1971)

Schlitze's actual birth date and name remain unknown. Schlitze suffered from the condition microcephaly and mental retardation, commonly referred to as a "pinhead". It is also rumored that he had a sister, who also was a microcephalic. He was exhibited by Barnum as Maggie, the last of the Aztecs. Because the Mayans and other Meso-American cultures ... See full bio »

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Known For

Freaks Himself
Island of Lost Souls
Island of Lost Souls Furry Manimal
Meet Boston Blackie
Meet Boston Blackie Princess Betsy - Bird Woman
The Sideshow
The Sideshow Bit Role


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 1941 Meet Boston Blackie
Princess Betsy - Bird Woman (uncredited)
 1932 Island of Lost Souls
Furry Manimal (uncredited)
 1928 The Sideshow
Bit Role (uncredited)
Hide Hide Show Show Self (1 credit)
 1932 Freaks
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 1999 Freaks Uncensored! (Documentary)
Pin Head
 1999 Sideshow: Alive on the Inside (TV Movie documentary)

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Alternate Names:

Slitzy | Shlitzie Surtees


4' 2" (1.27 m)

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In the movie Freaks (1932), Phroso the clown compliments Schlitze on "her" new dress, offering to buy "her" a new hat. Schlitze is said to have loved hats and wearing new dresses, as well as playing with string instruments (either the violin or cello), playing card and board games, dancing and singing. Despite being clinically diagnosed as mentally retarded with a low IQ resulting from his ... See more »


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