FRIEDA PUSHNIK – The Little Half Girl

July 7, 2006
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  1. Anonymous says:

    I am 62 years old and I teach special needs children and it is because I saw Frieda in a sideshow in Miami when I was about nine years old. I have always thought I had the name wrong, but it was wonderful to see her picture and bio appear. She changed my life completely from that day forward. Please let someone who cared about her know this. Thank you.

  2. Mousie says:

    @ anonymous: You saw her!? Like, seriously!? That’s so cool!! I’m jealous…

  3. VICKY says:


  4. Paul R Wilson says:

    I don’t know why arms and/or legs sometimes don’t bother to form, but I do know that I would NOT want to have a baby like that. Nowadays sonagrams and cat-scans can detect hopeless deformities, and the prospective parents then can make a decision as to whether they wish to terminate a hopeless pregnancy -if their RELIGION hasn’t already pre-decided that the child is sacred unto God & MUST be born.

    I might add that one fetus in a sonogram failed to show any legs, and tho legless he grew up to be -a football player !

  5. Anonymous says:

    Hopeless? By her story I doubt that she or her family thought of her as hopeless. It seems to me that she lived her life and was happy. Doesn’t the saying go that you don’t miss what you never had. I don’t think her parents thought she was ‘hopeless’ either…look at all she was able to achieve. I highly admire people like Frieda who overcome life’s adversities.

    I’m sure that if you lost your arms,legs or even just a finger or hand in an accident that you wouldn’t want people to say your case was hopeless and terminate your life. People adapt!

  6. crissolo says:

    she is very beatiful

  7. Gomez Adams says:

    Paul’s comments show him to be the real idiot. And I don’t mean idiot savant!

    Frieda’s story is inspiring and touching.

  8. Suzanne says:

    @Paul r Wilson

    You are an asshole. Furthermore you have missed the entire point of this website. No human being, no matter how “deformed”, is hopeless. The site is full of examples of the most inspiring, enduring, and resourceful people who ever lived. These human beings were able to achieve great things in spite of their disadvantages.

    But if you don’t want to have children like these people, let me offer you some advice. Why don’t you take a hatchet, aim it at your crotch, and turn your genitals into a “hopeless deformity”. That should give you some piece of mind.

  9. NoMa'am says:

    I think Frieda’s fantastic and I love learning about people with deformities like this who barely seem to notice them, I think it’s great. However, I don’t think Paul is an asshole. I think a lot of people would be devastated and terrified if they found out their child was going to be born without arms or legs. Most people wouldn’t know how to deal with it. Plus, no matter how well the child learns to do everyday things, it’s still going to make life more difficult socially and, especially when it comes to finding a good job. Sideshows like the ones Frieda was in are illegal now and most people with problems like this end up on welfare or worse. I would not abort a baby with these problems, but I wouldn’t judge anyone who thought that doing so would be the best choice for themselves and the baby. I understand the feelings behind it.

  10. J Tithonus Pednaud says:

    Contrary to popular belief, ‘freakshows’ are NOT illegal.

  11. Kay Rodgers says:

    Hi I love your website. Could you tell me what a post card of Frieda Pushnik, signed personally by her 1943. she signed Best Wishes and her name. It is in my families postcard collection.

    Thank you for your time

  12. Cathy Gibbons says:

    My family was friends with many of the clowns of the Ringling circus including Felix Adler. It was my mother’s request that I not go to the “freak show” but Felix took me anyway and I will never forget Frieda. Years later, I saw her interviewed in California and she had a caretaker and seemed to be a very fulfilled woman.

  13. Eric79 says:

    The only reason she was able to make it in the world was she was able to cash in on her deformity. This would not be allowed today or by any other person, so it makes sense to abort a baby like this now, as it would wind up in a home not doing much and on public aid and bankrupting the parents in the process. She is an example of what MIGHT be down with a huge amount of luck and the willingness to demean herself as something to be gawked at. Thank God today we know better

  14. J Tithonus Pednaud says:

    I could not DISAGREE more with your observations and comments. You have completely missed the point of this website and the lessons these remarkable individuals present. I truly pity you.

  15. helixrose says:

    Hopeless??? Not according to THIS guy WHO KNOWS BETTER!! ;D

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