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!

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.

1979 - David Bowie as John Merrick in the play The Elephant Man (by Bernard Pomerance, directed by Jack Hofsiss in Broadway) 70s.

1979 - David Bowie as John Merrick in the play The Elephant Man (by Bernard Pomerance, directed by Jack Hofsiss in Broadway) 70s.

Today 9-23 in 1980: David Bowie made a splash on Broadway when he takes over the title role in The Elephant Man from Philip Anglim.

Today 9-23 in 1980: David Bowie made a splash on Broadway when he takes over the title role in The Elephant Man from Philip Anglim.

Sexiest Man Alive Bradley Cooper takes on theater role as the Elephant Man -- PHOTOS

Sexiest Man Alive Bradley Cooper takes on theater role as the Elephant Man -- PHOTOS

Bradley Cooper plays the title role in a sturdy Broadway revival of “The Elephant Man,” at the Booth Theater.

Bradley Cooper plays the title role in a sturdy Broadway revival of “The Elephant Man,” at the Booth Theater.

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.

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