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Born in 1889 in Siracusa, Sicily into a family with eleven children, Lentini was raised by his aunt after his parents refused to acknowledge their deformed child. At age nine, after leaving the disabled children's home in which his aunt had placed him, Frank came to the United States to join showbusiness, eventually becoming a U.S. citizen at the age of 30. He married a woman named Theresa Murray and had four children - Natale, Frank, James and Jennie. Frank loved children and was said to be very patient with children who came to view his act and ask him questions. He died in his home in Florida in 1966.
"If you lived in a world where everyone had one arm, how would you cope with two?" -Frank Lentini