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Tamara De Treaux

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Tamara Detro (October 21, 1959 – November 28, 1990), known by the stage name Tamara De Treaux, was an American actress. She stood 31 inches tall and had dwarfism.

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De Treaux played one of the three creatures in John Newland's horror TV movie Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (1973), which was her first film role.[1][2] Making the prosthetics for De Treaux to play a "gnome-like creature" took some special adaptations, according to John Chambers.[1] After Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, she played on stage in the Dickens Faire and also did commercials.[2] For Little Miss Marker (1980), she worked as a stand-in for the child actress.[3] De Treaux later worked with a singing group in San Francisco called the Medflies in 1980.[4] At one of the Medflies' performance in Los Angeles, she was noticed by Steven Spielberg.[4] She became one of the performers who played ET in Spielberg's film E. T. (1982).[5] De Treaux's work in Ghoulies (1985) was praised by Michael Wilmington in the Los Angeles Times who hated the movie, but enjoyed her performance.[6]

De Treaux went back to the stage, appearing in Divinas Palabras in 1989 in Los Angeles in a performance staged by The Bilingual Foundation for the Arts.[7] De Treaux was one of the models in Daphne and Apollo, Los Angeles (1990), photographed by Joel Peter Witkin.[8]

She was a friend of the American writer Armistead Maupin. Her diaries supplied the main influence for the heroine "Cadence Roth" in his novel Maybe the Moon.[9][10]

Personal life[edit | edit source]

De Treaux stood at 31 inches tall and had dwarfism.[11][8] She was the verified shortest ever actress.[12][13][14] She first became interested in acting at age 13.[2] She was a 1978 graduate of San Leandro High School, San Leandro, California. De Treaux would make many of her own clothes.[2]

In 1990 she died at age 31 from respiratory and heart problems at the North Hollywood Medical Center and is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills).[15]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Young Couple Fears House". Florence Morning News. 18 May 1974. Retrieved 2018-09-06 – via Newspapers.com.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Pixa, Bea (18 July 1979). "Making it Small in Show Business". The San Francisco Examiner. Retrieved 2018-09-06 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. Weimers, Leigh (4 July 1979). "Young Actress Ignores Hollywood's Seductive Call". Tallahassee Democrat. Retrieved 2018-09-06 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Tamara De Treaux; actress played `E.T.'". Chicago Sun-Times. 2 December 1990. Retrieved 6 September 2018 – via HighBeam Research. (Subscription required (help)). Cite uses deprecated parameter |subscription= (help)
  5. "The Real E.T." Honolulu Star-Bulletin. 7 July 1982. Retrieved 2018-09-06 – via Newspapers.com.
  6. Wilmington, Michael (21 January 1985). "'Ghoulies': Flush With Chagrin". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2018-09-07 – via Newspapers.com.
  7. "'Divinas Palabras'". The Los Angeles Times. 13 October 1989. Retrieved 2018-09-06 – via Newspapers.com.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Adelson 2005, p. 174.
  9. "Behind the scenes: THE OUTSIDER". Archived from the original on March 4, 2006. Retrieved 2013-06-20.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link) - San Francisco Focus Magazine]; interview with Maupin about his friendship with Tamara De Treaux (October 1992)
  10. "Reviews and synopsis of Maybe the Moon". Archived from the original on March 4, 2006. Retrieved 2013-06-20.
  11. Adelson 2005, p. 221.
  12. "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About 'E.T.'". News-Press. 25 November 1988. Retrieved 2018-09-07 – via Newspapers.com.
  13. "Call the Courier". The Courier. 14 June 2007. Retrieved 2018-09-07 – via Newspapers.com.
  14. "Julia Roberts, Master P and the New York Yankees Star in Guiness World Records 2002". The News-Star. 7 November 2001. Retrieved 2018-09-07 – via Newspapers.com.
  15. Wilson, Scott. Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons, 3d ed.: 2 (Kindle Locations 12011). McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. Kindle Edition.
  16. Soberanes, Bill (19 July 1982). "A Little Star, Little People". The Petaluma Argus-Courier. Retrieved 2018-09-06 – via Newspapers.com.
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 "Tamara De Treaux; 'E.T.' Actress Was 31". The New York Times. 3 December 1990. Retrieved 2018-09-06.

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