Top ten memorable celebrity twins

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This weekend twins, triplets, quads, and their families will make a pilgrimage to Twinsburg, Ohio for the Twins Days Festival. In deference to this celebration of multiples, we've put together a list of some of the most memorable twins. Some are famous because they're beautiful, others for their precociousness, and then there are the ones we simply love because they're amazing.

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Tegan and Sara Quin

These identical twins are obviously creatively in sync. Now 29, they have been performing together for half their years (they've toured with Neil Young, Gogol Bordello, and Cake), generating a viciously loyal fan base along the way. Though they perform together, the sisters prefer to live in separate cities, and even write music and lyrics for songs independently.

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Chang and Eng Bunker

Chang and Eng Bunker were conjoined at the chest. Originally from Thailand (Siam, at the time, hence their "Siamese Twins" nickname), the two immigrated to the U.S., where they became successful and respected farmers. Though they could never be physically apart, the brothers lived independent lives. Both were married, had children, and split their time between two family homes.

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Lisa and Louise Burns

They were only on the screen for mere minutes, yet Lisa and Louise Burns' performance as the Grady twins in The Shining was probably the film's most unforgettable, quotable, and terrifying. Personally, we'd rather deal with the blood in the elevator. Though their legacy is certainly the creepiest of those on our list, the twins went on to live academic--not haunting--lives. Recent reports state that Louise is a microbiologist and that Lisa holds a degree in literature and language.

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Shane and Sia Barbi

True to their last name, identical twins Shane and Sia Barbi have a look reminiscent of the iconic blond doll with superhuman proportions. They made their career as models in the '90s, posing for couture photo shoots including Chanel, Thierry Mugler, Jean Paul Gaultier, and John Galliano. They also were featured on two Playboy covers, both of which broke sales records. Unfortunately, the sisters suffered from crippling episodes of bulimia and agoraphobia during the peak of their fame. This story has a happy ending though: Together they went into recovery and later obtained degrees in nutrition. In recent years the Barbi twins have gone on to give lectures on eating disorders and healthy living, and both are very vocal with animal rights.

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James and Oliver Phelps

The Phelps twins are famous for their roles in the Harry Potter franchise, playing Fred and George Weasley, two sharp-witted characters that serve up punchlines and naughty quips as often as they do magic spells. The pair have a sense of humor in real life as too, and in the past have poked fun at the online fan fic world, begging the weirdos of the internet to stop writing them into "twincest" fics (yes, this is exactly what it sounds like).


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