We’ve compiled some of the most incredible facts about Old Hollywood actors that will literally make your jaw drop. Do you know about any facts that aren’t mentioned here? Leave them in the comments below!
Auntie Em Committed Suicide
As someone who had long suffered from arthritis, actor Clara Blandick who famously played Auntie Em in the Wizard of Oz, simply couldn’t take the pain anymore. She took the time to do her hair and makeup, put on a nice dress, and then ended her life with an overdose of sleeping pills and a bag tied over her head.
She left a note that said, “I am now about to make the greatest adventure. I cannot endure this agonizing pain any longer. It is all over my body… I pray the Lord, my soul, to take. Amen.”
James Dean and the Dangers of Driving
As you may know, the world lost famous actor James Dean as a result of reckless driving. What most people may not realize is that just a month before his death, he filmed a public service announcement asking people not to drive recklessly on highways.
Even more eery was this quote from the PSA: “I find myself being very cautious on the highway. Take it easy driving, kids. The life you might save might be mine.”
Shirley Temple Was a Dwarf
Or at least, that was a big rumor at the height (get it, height?) of her popularity. This rumor was so widely believed that the Vatican actually sent someone out to investigate whether it was actually true or not.
No, it wasn’t true.
Something That Should Never, Never Have Happened
You can probably recall the voice of Peter Pan from the Disney film in your head, but there is a really sad story behind it.
Bobby Driscoll, who voiced Peter Pan, died in an abandoned apartment building at the young age of 31, penniless, and his body wasn’t identified until a year after his death.
Montgomery Clift’s Life Was Saved by Elizabeth Taylor
Red River (1948) actor, Montgomery Clift suffered a horrendous vehicle accident, where he almost choked to death on two of his teeth that had become lodged in the back of his throat. Elizabeth Taylor told her version of the incident that occurred on May 12, 1956, in an interview:
“I pulled his head off the dashboard and the steering wheel, and I probably shouldn’t have touched him, but his head was getting bigger and bigger. And by this time, it was almost level with his delicate shoulders.
And he opened his eyes and they were bright red, so the blue of them looked even bluer, and he looked like an alien.”
The accident was a result of Clift falling asleep behind the wheel, and he required plastic surgery to repair his broken nose and jaw, severe facial lacerations and a fractured sinus.