Here’s the Inspiration for That Tom Hanks Piano Scene from Big

North Dakota talent show kitty, 1950 (Life magazine)

Nearly four decades before Tom Hanks and Robert Loggia danced their way into our hearts during the FAO Schwarz piano scene in Big, Life magazine photographer Lisa Larsen snapped this:

North Dakota talent show kitty, 1950 (Life magazine)

I’m kidding of course. This is Betty Spornitz, who won first prize in May 1950 at the Flickertail Follies, a talent show held at the University of North Dakota. Good times.