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LAND OF THE MUTANT FOOTPRINTS – GRAUMAN’S CHINESE THEATER

Am I a mutant?  Or are the Hollywood stars of old mutants.  I’m convinced it is the reverse.  I am a larger gal, but not excessively so.  I’m a towering 5’10”, so I know I am taller than female stars of the Golden Era.  But I felt like a legendary Amazonian princess when I went to Grauman’s Chinese Theater and strolled through the forecourt, where all of the hand and footprints of those stars that I adore are immortalized in time-worn cement.

Like many have before me, I placed my feet next to those grey footprints, and like Ethel in I Love Lucy, I was discouraged to find that my feet were bigger than those ladies.  Having gone to Grauman’s before in sneakers, I made sure to wear heels, so at least my feet might more readily match in size.  My feet were even bigger than some of the male stars.  Now I know the human body has grown in the past century.  Better health, diet and environment have ensured we are larger in all areas than our sisters in the early 20th century.  Jean Harlow, the “Baby”, was known for her dainty size 3 feet.  But, seriously folks, take a look at my clod-hoppers next to these tiny tootsies…

Myrna Loy footprints Grauman's Chinese Theater by Lady by ChoiceMyrna Loy – nearly normal if you were a smaller modern lady

Eleanor Powell footprints Grauman's Chinese Theater by Lady by Choice
Eleanor Powell
Joan Blondell footprints Grauman's Chinese Theater by Lady by Choice
Joan Blondell
Norma Shearer footprints Grauman's Chinese Theater by Lady by Choice
Norma Talmadge footprints Grauman's Chinese Theater by Lady by Choice
Norma Talmadge
Ginger Rogers footprints Grauman's Chinese Theater by Lady by Choice
 Ginger Rogers – dancing backwards and in high heels on those
Marion Davies
Joan Fontaine footprints Grauman's Chinese Theater by Lady by Choice
Joan Fontaine with her sister…
Olivia de Havilland footprints Grauman's Chinese Theater by Lady by Choice
Olivia de Havilland
Mary Pickford footprints Grauman's Chinese Theater by Lady by Choice
Mary Pickford, immortalized in the first ceremony in 1927
Jeanette MacDonald’s footprint – supposedly the smallest in the forecourt
Jean Harlow footprints Grauman's Chinese Theater by Lady by Choice
Jean Harlow and her legendary size 3s
Me and my husband from another lifetime, William Powell.
 Yes, my feet are bigger than his.
Clark Gable footprints Grauman's Chinese Theater by Lady by Choice
Even Husband got into the game

Of course there are dozens more.  I really wished I hadn’t missed Irene Dunne and Pola Negri, though I’m sure I’ll be back.  You can see a map of the forecourt to see everyone represented, though it appears it might be missing the recent ones.

Grauman's Chinese Theater by Lady by Choice

Grauman’s Chinese Theater held its grand opening on May 18, 1927 and has been the iconic theater associated with Hollywood glamour ever since.  And unlike many movie palaces of old, it isn’t a relic.  Premieres are still held there and even us plebeians can go see the latest blockbuster in the grand theater.  Tours are available of the inside, but I’ve never been able to time my arrival so I can go inside the main theater, only the lobby.  You have to have your tour in between movie showings if you want to see the main theater.  I have been inside the main theater, though, and it is gorgeous.

So come to the land of the mutant footprints and you too can wonder how these tiny deformed ladies ever toddled about in their tiny shoes.

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4 responses to “LAND OF THE MUTANT FOOTPRINTS – GRAUMAN’S CHINESE THEATER”

  1. I can't wait to go there the next time I'm in LA. I must say, judging from how petite most of the vintage women's shoes and hats I come across end up being, I think people were just generally smaller of head and hoof back in the day!!

  2. Miss Matilda says:

    They were smaller for sure! xx

  3. Laurence says:

    I always take some times to go there when I come to L.A. Last time it was in 2008 and I remember to ask myself why I had so big feet!!!!
    I can easily guess why it's so hard to find vintage shoes in size 7.5M!!!!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Patricia,

    I feel you pain.All the vintage shoes I seem to come across are usually around 6-6.5 narrow or medium width.I am stuck with modern look alikes(more affordable) or reproductions.Sadly many of the shoes are not even as wide as my HANDS…

    Heidi

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