Dolores del Rio : Reportedly slept for 16 hours a day to maintain her beauty.
Marlene Dietrich: She was the first German actress to be nominated for an Academy Award.
- Marlene was one of the first artists to use surgical tape to pull back the skin on her face, thus giving her a ‘facelift’. She hid the tape in her hairline or under a wig.
Jean Harlow : She was the first actress with ‘platinum blonde’ hair. Her hairdresser used peroxide, ammonia, Clorox and Lux flakes to create the color.Obviously, the mixture was toxic for her hair and near the end of her life Jean wore wigs because her hair was falling out.
- Jean and fellow actress Hedy Lamarr were the primary inspirations for Catwoman.
Ava Gardner : When she was a teenager she had a big crush on future co-star Clark Gable.
- Although Ava drank plenty, she did not even like the taste of alcohol. She often drank because she was shy and nervous and it helped her feel at ease in social situations and in front of the camera
Katharine Hepburn : As a child, Katharine cut her hair off, wore boys’ clothes and made people call her Jimmy.
- When she was growing up, it was normal in the Hepburn household to take ice-cold baths or showers daily. She continued to do this for the rest of her life and would give it as health advice to people.
James Stewart : He was head male cheerleader at Princeton.
- James was one of the first stars to receive a percentage of the gross of his movies, a common practice today
Elizabeth Taylor : She was known to be at least ten minutes late for everything. So at her request, her funeral began 15 minutes after it was scheduled to begin.
- She was reportedly so poorly educated that she needed to use her fingers to do basic arithmetic,something that bothered and emberassed her when she started seeing the intelligent Richard Burton.
Cary Grant : He sunbathed everyday for thirty minutes to ‘keep that healthy glow’.
- He was very good friends with his colleague Ingrid Bergman. Cary was one of the few who supported her throughout her notorious affair with director Rossellini and he accepted her Best Actress Oscar for her in 1958 while she was in exile in Italy.
Grace Kelly : All of her leading men were old enough to be her father (with the exception of William Holden, who was 11 years older than her)
- In her senior yearbook, her classmates predicted that she was certain ‘to become a great stage and screen star’.