Old Hollywood Trivia

Myrna Loy : One of a handful of great movie stars never nominated for an acting Oscar, she received an honorary Academy Award in 1991.

- Her profile was the most requested in the 1930s by women to their plastic surgeons.

Clark Gable : Proposed his headstone should read: “Back to silents.” It was not used by his widow though.

- In order to hide that she and Gable had an illegitimate child, fearing that it would ruin both of their careers, Loretta Young secretly gave birth to her daughter Judy Lewis pretending she was vacationing in Europe. When she returned to Hollywood, she claimed that Judy was adopted. Gable met Judy only once when she was a teenager

Katharine Hepburn : According to Anthony Harvey - the director of The Lion in Winter (1968) - she kept the Oscar she received for the film in a paper bag and in a cupboard for years after he’d delivered it to her.

- Graduated from Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania in 1928, with a degree in history and philosophy.

Lauren Bacall : Her appearance on a cover of Harper’s Bazaar magazine at 18 years of age led to her first film role; she was spotted by the wife of director Howard Hawks,who gave her a screen test and cast her in To Have and Have Not (1944)

- According to her autobiography, “By Myself and Then Some”, she was always very self-conscious about the size of her feet,which she describes as big even for a woman of her exceptional height.

Rita Hayworth : By 1940, there were 3,800 stories and 12,000 pictures of Rita Hayworth in circulation.

- In 1989, Barbara Leaming published an autobiographical book entitled ‘If This Was Happiness: A Biography of Rita Hayworth’. In the book, Leaming alleged that Hayworth was a victim of sexual abuse by her own father.
Leaming asserts that Hayworth confided that secret to Orson Welles.

Vivien Leigh : She took her then husband’s first name (Leigh) as her last name when she began acting professionally.

- A lover of cats, especially Siamese.

Debbie Reynolds : Considered herself a “movie-oholic” and has an extensive collection of memorabilia, with over 4,000 costumes from the silent screen period to the 1970s. She had been known to gather posters from her collection of 3,000 and drive to homes of actor pals for autographs

- At one particularly low point in her career, she confessed to literally living in her car, a Cadillac.

Elizabeth Taylor : Elizabeth was born with distichiasis,a condition that gave her a double set of eyelashes.

- Her eyes are the most searched on google, with 325,000 searches every year.

Hedy Lamarr : She was billed as an unknown but well-publicized Austrian actress, which created anticipation in audiences. Mayer hoped she would become another Greta Garbo or Marlene Dietrich. According to one viewer,
when her face first appeared on the screen, “everyone gasped…Lamarr’s beauty literally took one’s breath away.”

- Although she earned a great deal of money during her career, she lost her fortune with her production company. She died impoverished in Florida in 2000.

Claudette Colbert : Is one of 14 Best Actress Oscar winners to have not accepted their Academy Award in person.

- Most shots of her in her films were of her left profile. She considered her left side to be her best and only rarely allowed full face or right profile shots; an injury to her nose had created a bump on the right. Once an entire set had to be rebuilt so she would not have to show her right side, resulting in some cameramen calling the right side of her face “the dark side of the moon”.