Today we’re going back to 1955 and this delightful scene on East Street.
The gorgeous James Dean is fulfilling a lifetime’s ambition to shoot and direct his own movie and Marilyn Monroe is his beautiful leading lady. Tragically the film – Chip Off The Old Block – was never released as Dean died later that year in a car crash while trying to answer a text message on his iPhone.
Taken outside of Papa’s fish and chip shop, this rare snap reveals the long-believed rumour that Monroe was only six inches high to be true.
Star of films like How to Marry a Millionaire, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Some Like It Hot, Marilyn managed to keep her painful secret from her adoring fans by only ever appearing in public surrounded by children or wearing stilts.
It’s astonishing to think now that all of those iconic moments from her movie career were actually shot using early green screen techniques, plasticine and cardboard cutouts, but Monroe was just one of a long line of Hollywood stars to be of limited stature.
Charlie Chaplin built a long and successful career despite being only 14cm tall, at the height of her fame Elizabeth Taylor was just two feet high but 11 feet wide, while Steve Guttenberg (star of the Police Academy movies) was a mere 11mm tall.