David Bowie as John Merrick, in the stage play “The Elephant Man”.  I was obsessed with the life of Mr. Merrick when I was younger.

David Bowie as John Merrick, in the stage play “The Elephant Man”. I was obsessed with the life of Mr. Merrick when I was younger.

Stand by your man: Irina Shayk wowed in a plunging blush pink dress with a thigh-high split as she supported her boyfriend Bradley Cooper at a performance of The Elephant Man in London on Tuesday

Irina Shayk supports beau Bradley Cooper's The Elephant Man play

Stand by your man: Irina Shayk wowed in a plunging blush pink dress with a thigh-high split as she supported her boyfriend Bradley Cooper at a performance of The Elephant Man in London on Tuesday

In the 19th century, Joseph Merrick was exhibited in a freak show. In 1979, his story became a Broadway play, and then a movie in 1980. Now it’s going back to Broadway, with Bradley Cooper in the title role. Merrick was known as “The Elephant Man” because of his multiple deformities, but underneath he just wanted to be treated like anyone else. He died in 1890, and scientists have tried ever since to pinpoint what caused his disabilities.

In the 19th century, Joseph Merrick was exhibited in a freak show. In 1979, his story became a Broadway play, and then a movie in 1980. Now it’s going back to Broadway, with Bradley Cooper in the title role. Merrick was known as “The Elephant Man” because of his multiple deformities, but underneath he just wanted to be treated like anyone else. He died in 1890, and scientists have tried ever since to pinpoint what caused his disabilities.

John Merrick, The Elephant Man (as played by actor John Hurt in David Lynch's movie). I dig all three of these people!

John Merrick, The Elephant Man (as played by actor John Hurt in David Lynch's movie). I dig all three of these people!

The Elephant Man- Starring: Anthony Hopkins and John Hurt (October 10, 1980)

The Elephant Man- Starring: Anthony Hopkins and John Hurt (October 10, 1980)

Not flying under the radar: Meanwhile Irina made sure she was noticed in her plunging dres...

Irina Shayk supports beau Bradley Cooper's The Elephant Man play

Not flying under the radar: Meanwhile Irina made sure she was noticed in her plunging dres...

NYC September 1980. Poster at The Booth Theatre, The Elephant Man with David Bowie.

NYC September 1980. Poster at The Booth Theatre, The Elephant Man with David Bowie.

The Elephant Man on Broadway staring Bradley Cooper and Patricia Clarkson.

The Elephant Man

The Elephant Man on Broadway staring Bradley Cooper and Patricia Clarkson.

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