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Tamara De Treaux

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Birth date21 October 1959
Place of birthCalifornia
Date of death28 November 1990 (aged 31)

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Tamara Detro (21 October 1959 - 28 November 1990), known by the stage name Tamara De Treaux, was an American actress. She was 79 cm (2 ft 7 in) tall.

De Treaux was one of the performers who played ET in Steven Spielberg's film E. T. (1982), squatting inside the animatronic puppet. She is uncredited for the performance. De Treaux 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. The book was described by Maupin as 'partly autobiographical', despite the main character being a female heterosexual Jewish dwarf.

She was a 1978 graduate of San Leandro High School in San Leandro, California. In 1990 she died at the age of 31 years due to heart failure.




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