Schappell, Lori and George
|Birthname||Lori and Dori Schappell|
|born on||18 September 1961 at 11:04 (= 11:04 AM )|
|Place||Reading, Pennsylvania, 40n20, 75w56|
|Timezone||EDT h4w (is daylight saving time)|
|Astrology data||25°27' 05°24 Asc. 15°19'|
American conjoined twins, both actors, and individually a country singer and a facilitator. In 2007, George, who was at that time known as Reba Schappell, stated that although assigned female at birth, he identified as male and changed his name to George.
George Schappell has designed support equipment for people with physical handicaps, including a specialized wheelchair and a mobility aid for dogs.
As country singer Reba Schappell, George has performed widely in the United States and visited Germany and Japan and in 1997, won an L.A. Music Award for Best New Country Artist. George sang "Fear of Being Alone" over the credits of Stuck on You, a comedy film about a pair of fictitious conjoined twins.
Lori acts as George's facilitator. She works in a laundry, arranging her workload around George's singing commitments. Lori says that, as a fan of George's, she pays to attend concerts, just like all the other fans, simply making herself quiet and "invisible" while George is performing.
As conjoined twins, Lori and George Schappell have appeared in a number of television documentaries and talk shows. They have also acted in an episode of the television series Nip/Tuck, in which they played conjoined twins Rose and Raven Rosenberg.
On June 21, 2007, Lori and George took part in the grand opening of "Ripley's Believe It Or Not ! Odditorium" in Times Square in New York. This is the first time they were billed as Lori and George Schappell.
The siblings are craniopagus conjoined twins joined at the head, but having very different personalities and living - insofar as possible - individual lives. While Lori is able-bodied (she is a trophy-winning bowler), George has spina bifida, which has caused growth retardation of his lower body and severe mobility impairment. They are therefore of very different heights with Lori being 5' 1" and George 4'4".
Sy Scholfield quotes "Surgical Separation of Twins Ruled Out by X-Ray Studies," Reading Eagle, 19 September 1961, p. 1: "The twin girls were born to Mrs. Schappell at 11:04 a.m. yesterday."
- Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Other Major diseases (George has Spina bifida)
- Personal : Birth : Conjoined twins (Craniopagus)
- Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress
- Vocation : Entertain/Music : Country-Western (George)
- Vocation : Entertain/Music : Vocalist/ Pop, Rock, etc. (George, Country singer)
- Vocation : Sports : Bowling (Lori)