Two years ago the strangest debate erupted: did Dolly have braces when she and Jaws first meet?
Some fans say she did and swear they remember them as clear as day. They believe EON airbushed the braces out of all home video releases so that people won’t think she’s underage. Or - I kid you not - in some alternate universe she did have braces and people’s memories have been carried over due to the space-time continuum. This chap, for example, has some theories.
No less than the BBC says she did: “Dolly, a small, pig-tailed blonde with braces, comically played by Blanch [sic] Ravalec.” Not much for spelling, is the old Beeb?
Others say she never wore braces. Trick of the mind. The Mandela Effect (“refers to a phenomenon in which a large number of people share false memories of past events”).
Some people claim that the filmmakers had intended to give Dolly braces, but dispensed with the idea when filming the scene. Some chap named Laurent - possibly the film historian and documentary filmmaker Laurent Bouzereau - texted the actress. For those who don’t speak French, the actress says that not only did she not wear braces, the idea was never even discussed (considered). https://imgur.com/09BpNRn
A collector who claims to own an old 35mm print of the film says there are no braces. Link.
Yet a poll shows almost half of people believe she not only wore braces, but that the braces were the reason Jaws went all googly-eyed on her, and not over her gawky pigtails or gawkier still glasses or that bleeding Tchaikovsky blaring his Romeo and Juliet love music through our earholes presumably to induce the Cupid’s arrow effect by proxy.
At some point Richard Kiel did a commercial for Sampo mini Visa card. Sure enough, a female cashier with braces takes a fancy to him. Link.
Don’t believe this is such a big deal? Google the words Dolly and braces, see what it gets you.
Or better yet, take a look see at how many threads the fine folks at reddit have started. Link.
Lots of youtube video posts too. Link.
What say the rest of you?
The old CBn board briefly discussed this in 2004. Link.