Tamara De Treaux
Career[edit | edit source]
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. Making the prosthetics for De Treaux to play a "gnome-like creature" took some special adaptations, according to John Chambers. After Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, she played on stage in the Dickens Faire and also did commercials. For Little Miss Marker (1980), she worked as a stand-in for the child actress. De Treaux later worked with a singing group in San Francisco called the Medflies in 1980. At one of the Medflies' performance in Los Angeles, she was noticed by Steven Spielberg. She became one of the performers who played ET in Spielberg's film E. T. (1982). 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.
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. De Treaux was one of the models in Daphne and Apollo, Los Angeles (1990), photographed by Joel Peter Witkin.
Personal life[edit | edit source]
De Treaux stood at 31 inches tall and had dwarfism. She was the verified shortest ever actress. She first became interested in acting at age 13. She was a 1978 graduate of San Leandro High School, San Leandro, California. De Treaux would make many of her own clothes.
Filmography[edit | edit source]
- Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (1973)
- Little Miss Marker (1980)
- E.T. (1982)
- Ghoulies (1985)
- Rockula (1990)
- The Linguine Incident (1991)
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Citations[edit | edit source]
- "Young Couple Fears House". Florence Morning News. 18 May 1974. Retrieved 2018-09-06 – via Newspapers.com.
- Pixa, Bea (18 July 1979). "Making it Small in Show Business". The San Francisco Examiner. Retrieved 2018-09-06 – via Newspapers.com.
- Weimers, Leigh (4 July 1979). "Young Actress Ignores Hollywood's Seductive Call". Tallahassee Democrat. Retrieved 2018-09-06 – via Newspapers.com.
- "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
- "The Real E.T." Honolulu Star-Bulletin. 7 July 1982. Retrieved 2018-09-06 – via Newspapers.com.
- Wilmington, Michael (21 January 1985). "'Ghoulies': Flush With Chagrin". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2018-09-07 – via Newspapers.com.
- "'Divinas Palabras'". The Los Angeles Times. 13 October 1989. Retrieved 2018-09-06 – via Newspapers.com.
- Adelson 2005, p. 174.
- "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)
- "Reviews and synopsis of Maybe the Moon". Archived from the original on March 4, 2006. Retrieved 2013-06-20.
- Adelson 2005, p. 221.
- "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About 'E.T.'". News-Press. 25 November 1988. Retrieved 2018-09-07 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Call the Courier". The Courier. 14 June 2007. Retrieved 2018-09-07 – via Newspapers.com.
- "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.
- 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.
- Soberanes, Bill (19 July 1982). "A Little Star, Little People". The Petaluma Argus-Courier. Retrieved 2018-09-06 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Tamara De Treaux; 'E.T.' Actress Was 31". The New York Times. 3 December 1990. Retrieved 2018-09-06.
Sources[edit | edit source]
- Adelson, Betty M. (2005). The Lives of Dwarfs: Their Journey from Public Curiosity Toward Social Liberation. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press. p. 221. ISBN 9780813535487.
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