Tamara De Treaux, a 31-inch-tall actress who played the role of the lovable alien in the Oscar-winning "E.T., the Extra-Terrestrial," has died, a friend said. She was 31.
Miss De Treaux died Wednesday of respiratory and heart problems at Medical Center of North Hollywood, said the friend, Ken Maley.
Miss De Treaux launched her career in small theaters in San Francisco and joined a singing group called The Medflies in 1980.
Director Steven Spielberg spotted her during a Medflies performance at the Roxy club in Los Angeles. He hired her to take on the role of the Earth-stuck alien in "E.T." after the original actor was injured.
Miss De Treaux played the lovable but ugly E.T. in scenes that required movement, while a robot was used in close-ups.
Miss De Treaux also appeared in "Ghoulies" as Greedigut and in "Rockula" as Bat Dork. She recently completed filming in "Love in Venice" and "The Linguine Incident."