Tinker Bells have carved out influential roles for themselves as comediennes – Ruby Wax (5ft 2in), Joan Rivers (5ft 2in) and Dawn French (5ft); actresses – Imelda Staunton (5ft), Reese Witherspoon (5ft 2in) and Judi Dench (5ft 1in); and even childcare experts – Supernanny Jo Frost is just 5ft 2in.Not that being a Tinker Bell is the preserve of celebrity.But Gaga’s impersonation of Barrie’s creation – albeit in a sequined leotard revealing more of her figure than the author probably envisioned – indicates something Because Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta (Gaga’s real name is almost bigger than she is) is one of the girls who, in a different way from Peter Pan, have literally never grown up.
J M Barrie’s Tinker Bell is as feisty as she is tiny – and she’s not the only one.
Hovering around the five-foot mark, Lady Gaga and her pint-sized peers are living proof that despite their size, they make up for it in sheer determination, says It was not really a light; it made this light by flashing about so quickly, but when it came to rest for a second you saw it was a fairy, no longer than your hand, but still glowing.
It was a girl called Tinker Bell, exquisitely gowned in a skeleton leaf…
The high proportion of Tinker Bells in the music industry – Cheryl Cole, Christina Aguilera and Kylie Minogue, to name a few – are further proof that a petite woman is likely to have a more urgent need to be seen and heard.
Shakira (5ft 2in) confesses that as a child in Colombia, one of her nicknames was Enaña, meaning dwarf; while Lulu (5ft 1½in) admits that in the early stages of her career she had to battle against ‘cute’ typecasting.
Just below the crest of the hill, Haggard pulls into a clearing where he's thinking about building a new house – a place the 72-year-old country singer would like to pass on to his family after he's gone.