Lost Photos From History We Never Knew Existed

By Jack Ripley | December 15, 2023

Bolaji Badejo is the 6'10" Nigerian actor who played the titular character in the movie "Alien" 1979. 

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Bolaji Badejo is a name that will go down in movie history. The 6'10" Nigerian actor was cast to play the titular character in Ridley Scott's 1979 sci-fi horror classic, Alien. His towering presence and unique physicality made him an ideal choice for the role, and he quickly became one of the most iconic figures in Hollywood. Despite his brief career as an actor, Bolaji Badejo left an indelible mark on the industry with his performance in Alien, cementing himself as a cinematic legend.

Jayne Mansfield, 1957.

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In 1957 Jayne Mansfield was photographed by Allan Grant capturing her lounging in a swimming pool, surrounded by water bottles in her image. Mansfield was an actress, singer, and sex symbol in the 1950s and 60s, known for her voluptuous figure and blonde bombshell persona. She was one of the first actresses to embrace her sexuality and use it as a marketing tool, paving the way for future sex symbols like Marilyn Monroe and Brigitte Bardot. The photograph is a testament to Mansfield's immense popularity at the time and her status as a cultural icon. It also speaks to the commercialization of celebrity, as Mansfield's image was used to sell everything from water bottles to cars. Despite her early success, Mansfield's career declined in the 1960s, and she tragically died in a car accident at the age of 34 in 1967.