Michael Jackson in disguise goes on date with girlfriend Tatum O'Neal

- 7/24/2016
See a throwback pic of Michael Jackson and Tatum O'Neal at a Kool And The Gang concert:
Michael Jackson in disguise with girlfriend Tatum O'Neal at Kool and the Gang concert

At first glance you wonder what beaming young actress Tatum O’Neal sees in her older date.

His features are obscured by a huge afro and bushy beard.But the eyes are the giveaway beneath that elaborate disguise is a 24-year-old Michael Jackson, hoping to enjoy a concert with his first girlfriend in blissful anonymity.

The 1982 snap documents one of the many "crazy nights" Tatum, then 18, says she shared with Jackson.

And while in his later life, the singer came to be mocked for the crazy disguises he usually adopted, this particular disguise was clearly a work of genius.

When the snap resurfaced recently, a now 45-year-old Tatum told pals:

"We were going to a Kool And The Gang concert, but Michael didn’t want to be spotted.

"He got a special effects guy to help. We had an amazing night. No one recognised us, but we did get some strange looks as he appeared so much older than me."

A Jackson insider reckoned that the expert disguise was put together by Oscar-winning special effects artist Rick Baker, who worked on the Thriller video.

It cost Michael Jackson thousands of dollars. They added: "Michael loved it. He thought it was so much fun. Rick created this beard and did some work on Michael’s lips. He also gave him make-up to make his skin darker."

Jackson and Tatum, who won an Oscar aged 12 for her critically acclaimed role in Paper Moon, got together in 1977 in California.

 The next day they partied at the Playboy mansion and shared a hot tub – in swimming costumes.

Amazing historic titbits that we so often miss.

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