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  • Writer's pictureJace Shoemaker-Galloway

Different Colored Eyes Day: Famous people with heterochromia

When you look at someone, what is the very first thing you notice? Is it someone’s hairstyle, their smile (or lack of one), fancy jewelry or outfit? Or is the very first thing you see is a person’s baby blues? If peepers are the very first thing you notice on people, you’re in luck. Besides National Pecan Pie Day, July 12 is Different Colored Eyes Day!


Heterochromia, two different colored eyes, is a trait commonly found in cats, dogs, horses but is relatively rare in humans. One eye can be blue, while the other is hazel. Or one eye may be brown while the other eye is blue. There are several different types of heterochromia – complete (the complete eye is colored), sectoral (two different colors in the same iris) and central (the iris has several colors.) While heterochromia can occur from an injury, disease or genetics, the result is a rainbow of colors right before your eyes!

While the origins of this annual holiday are unknown, chances are pretty good someone with this trait probably “invented” it. In fact, some familiar faces have different colored eyes....

Famous People with Heterochromia

  • Jane Seymour has one brown and one hazel eye.

  • Kiefer Sutherland

  • Christopher Walken

  • Dan Aykroyd has one brown and one hazel eye.

  • Kate Bosworth

  • Mila Kunis

  • The Lord of the Dance, Michael Flatley, has one green eye and one blue eye.

  • Alexander the Great had one hazel and one green eye.

July 12th is also National Pecan Pie Day.


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