- American Crime Story: The People V. OJ Simpson depicted Marcia Clark getting her shorter perm during the Simpson trial Tuesday night
- The timeline of the episode was off, making it seem as if Clark cut her hair halfway through the trial
- Clark had her hair cut shorter and re-permed shortly before the trial began and after the preliminary hearing in 1994
- Her hair makeover during the trial came in April 1995 when she had her hair cut into a straight shag and dyed auburn
- ‘I had the perm because I wanted wash-and-wear hair. I didn’t want to be bothered with it,’ said Clark
- Clark has naturally straight hair and said her friends wanted to kill her after the trial when she told them she had been getting it permed
- See OJ Simpson news on why Marcia Clark softened her image for the trial
Chris Spargo For Dailymail.com
23:15 EST, 8 March 2016
03:08 EST, 9 March 2016
Marcia Clark made national headlines in the Fall of 1994 because of a haircut.
The OJ Simpson prosecutor had been contacted by Allen Edwards, a Beverly Hills hair stylist, after he saw her in the preliminary hearing in the case saying he wanted to offer his services.
When she arrived at his salon he cut her permed hair, which fell to her shoulders at the time, to her chin and gave her another perm.
It has been twenty years since the infamous haircut, and Clark is still ridiculed for the look.
That cut, along with her change in clothing and general demeanor, would later be replaced by straight hair as part of a makeover Clark willingly underwent to help her appeal to jurors and the public during the trial.
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Long: Marcia Clark’s hair transformation (left in October 1994) was depicted in Tuesday’s episode of The People V OJ Simpson by Sarah Paulson (right)
Short: In the episode she is seen getting her hair cut shorter by a Beverly Hills stylist (Clark is pictured left in March 1995, Paulson is pictured on the TV show)
Fact: Her actual hair makeover during the trial came in April 1995 when she had her hair cut into a straight shag and dyed auburn (above in July 1995)
American Crime Story: The People V. OJ Simpson has been incredibly accurate about most aspects of the case through this point, but shifted the timeline of Clark’s makeover for Tuesday night’s episode.
In the episode Clark (played by Sarah Paulson) gets the cut around the same time nude photos of her were sold to The National Enquirer.
In truth, the cut came before the actual trial began, and her naked photos appeared in the tabloid in February 1995, halfway through the trial.
The episode shows Clark entering the courtroom to shocked stares from the public, causing writer Dominick Dunne (played by Robert Morse) to remark; ‘Oh Lord.’
Los Angeles Sentinel reporter Dennis Schatzman (played by Leonard Roberts) adds; ‘Goddamn – who turned her into Rick James?’
She is met with more bewilderment inside the courtroom from Simpson (played by Cuba Gooding Jr.) and a sarcastic thumbs up from Robert Shapiro (John Travolta).
Clark begins to realize she is being mocked when Judge Lance Ito (Kenneth Choi) says to her in front of the courtroom; ‘Morning Miss Clark. I think.’
She begins to tear up at the table, at which point her fellow prosecutor Christopher Darden (played by Sterling K. Brown) writes; ‘It’s fantastic. I love it.’
The makeover that happened during the trial came in April 1995, and was met with a very positive reaction from both the press and the public.
It was again styled by Allen, and the Los Angeles Times wrote at the time; ‘Clark almost looked like Sigourney Weaver, only more professional.
‘Applause broke out among people waiting to enter the courtroom, including some reporters, when Clark walked past. “Get a life,” laughed Clark, who obliged her admirers with a little pirouette.’
Edwards, who not only trimmed her hair but also dyed it a shade of auburn, said; ‘I had a feeling people would react strongly. But not like this. It’s just huge.’
He then added: ‘We can only do curl for so long and we both got tired of it. It’s her.’
Not excited: The episode shows Clark entering the courtroom to shocked stares from the public
Shade: The new cut causes Dominick Dunne (played by Robert Morse) to remark; ‘Oh lord’
Rude: Clark begins to realize she is being mocked when Judge Lance Ito (played by Kenneth Choi) says to her in front of the courtroom; ‘Morning Miss Clark. I think’
Clark however told a somewhat different version of events in a recent interview with Vogue, saying; ‘The thing that happened was, the perm grew out, and I didn’t have time to get myself re-permed, so I kind of gave up. I just blew it out.
‘I know this is going to sound so clueless to you, but at the time, I thought, Oh, people aren’t going to notice.’
She also said; ‘The funniest thing to me was when they claimed I had a makeover. A makeover! Are you kidding! And I still look like that? That’s the worst makeover I’ve ever seen.
‘It consisted of a concealer pen a friend of mine gave me, saying, “The bags under your eyes are ridiculous. You have to do something.”‘
The concealer pen she said was lost a day later when her son shoved it in a sprinkler pipe, and her friends seem to have been as conflicted about Clark’s hair as the rest of the country.
‘After the trial, friends of mine who realized that I actually had straight hair and permed it said they wanted to kill me,’ said Clark.
‘But I had two little boys in diapers. I had the perm because I wanted wash-and-wear hair. I didn’t want to be bothered with it.’
That haircut came months after her other makeover, which began before the trial and was detailed by The New York Times.
‘Ever since Ms. Clark first appeared on the scene, shortly after Mr. Simpson was charged with double murder and she was told to try him, she had appeared grim, humorless, even angry,’ the Times wrote in their story.
‘But magically, her voice had warmed up. She smiled often, and incandescently. She laughed, even giggled, repeatedly. She rolled her eyes, cocked her head and shrugged her shoulders.
‘And instead of terse no comments, she spoke about her harried new life, her shopping trips, her children.’
The Times compared Clark’s makeover to the one Simpson had undergone as well by ‘wearing white golf sweaters’ and singing ‘a touchy-feely show tune in the presence of prospective jurors.’
In that story, written in October 1994, Clark’s short perm gets a positive review.
Try it out: Clark has not been afraid to try new things with her hair, going blonde (left in September 2007) and dark (right in February)
Transformation: Her hair during the preliminary trial (left) and then during the trial (right)
More transformation: Her hair in early 1995 (left) and then after getting it styled in April (right in July 1995)
‘The first signs of the remake were physical: shorter, better-kempt hair that framed her face, warmer and lighter-colored dresses with softer fabrics, more jewelry,’ said the story.
‘But on Friday, came her striking new demeanor. Ms. Clark talked about the personal toll the case had taken. “It’s ruined my life,” she said, laughing disarmingly. “We don’t lead lives. What life?”‘
Clark’s appearance, hair and demeanor has received far less press in the days since the trial, but she is still not afraid to try new things.
She’s had bangs, she has gone very blonde and these days she wears her hair short and dark.
And Clark even apologized for her hair during the trial when she met with Paulson while she was filming the series.
In an episode of IMDB Asks Paulson told host Ben Lyons about speaking with Clark; ‘She knew [her hair] was horrible. The first time I met her, she said, “I want to apologize for the hair.”
‘That’s the first thing she said to me, and I was like, “I really love you already,” and she knew it was bad but, you know, look, she was trying to put a man she believed to be guilty of murdering two innocent people behind bars.’