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HOLLYWOOD FACTS

Charlie Chaplin once won third prize in a Charlie Chaplin look-alike contest.

Winston Churchill had a learning disability.

In her first job, actress Anne Heche worked as a dinner theater singer in high school to earn money to help her family.

Actress Sandra Bullock’s mother is a European opera singer.

Courtney Cox was dubbed TVs Hottest Babe by American Playboy Magazine.

Marilyn Monroe had six toes

Actress Debra Winger helped to perform the voice of E.T. in the movie E.T.

Thomas Edison couldn't read until he was twelve years old and had a very difficult time writing even when he was older.

Michael Jackson has won the most grammies with a total of eight.

Don Johnson has been involved in four feature moves as the Music Director.

Marvin Gaye, marketed as Motown’s lover man as he sang soulful romances, often beat the women he loved and forced them into degrading sexual acts. All this ended, after he attacked his father who then shot and killed him in 1984.

As a teenager, actor-writer Matt Damon, earned extra cash by being a sidewalk break-dancer.

Jamie Lee Curtis says plastic surgery makes her look weird and claims it is the worst thing she’s ever done.

Keenan Ivory Wayans is from a family of 11 children. Three brothers, Damon, Marlon, and Shawn, and sister Kim are also in show business.

Hitler ordered tanks to be made in Michigan and told the company to not worry about sending them to Germany, he'd 'pick them up on his way through Detroit.

Actor Richard Gere was considered to play the role of John McClane in the movie Die Hard. Instead, Bruce Willis played the part.

John Holmes, star of 2,500 pornographic movies was the main suspect in the Laurel Canyon murders in the hills above Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles. In what is thought to have been a drug-related murder, four people were beaten to death with a steel pipe on July 1, 1981. Authorities were unable to prove Holmes was behind the atrocity. He died in 1988 from AIDS-related complications.

Sarah Bernhardt, regarded as France's greatest actress, was disabled by a knee injury. Though her leg was amputated in 1914, she continued starring on stage until just before her death in 1923.

Actress Kate Winslet, at age 11, appeared in a television cereal commercial frolicking with a honey monster.

Peter Gabriel's Sledgehammer is the most aired video in MTV history.

Canadian actress Joanna Gleason the daughter of Monty Hall.

Actress Michelle Pfeiffer was the first choice to play Clarice Starling in the movie Silence of the Lambs. She turned down the role because she found it too scary.

Kim Basinger once threw her modeling portfolio off the Brooklyn Bridge.

George Clooney is terrified of earthquakes.

Albert Einstein had a learning disability and did not speak until the age of three. When he got to school he a very difficult time in math it was very hard for him to express himself through writing.

When Bugs Bunny first appeared in 1935, he was called Happy Rabbit.

Hollywood box office star, Tommy Lee Jones, appeared in the soap opera One Life to Live as the character of Mark Toland, who was involved in blackmail, numerous affairs and was wanted for murder. Jones spent four years on the soap opera.

The Carpenters signature song, We've Only Just Begun, was originally part of a television commercial for a California bank. The music played in the background of a scene in which a newlywed couple had, of course, just begun their lives together. Richard Carpenter saw the commercial and sculpted it into the classic song that we know today.

Actress Liv Tyler first realized she might be singer Steve Tyler’s daughter at the age of 11 when she went to a Steve Tyler concert and realized how much she looked like him.

Actress Brooke Shields’ grandfather, Francis X, was a tennis champion.

Beethoven, the composer, was deaf.

Mel Blanc holds the distinction as the most prolific (most projects) actor ever, with 836 film efforts.

Johnny Mathis’ 1958 album, Johnny’s Greatest Hits, was the first Greatest Hits album ever marketed, spending three weeks at #1 and 490 consecutive weeks on Billboard’s Pop Album chart. That’s almost 9 ½ years!

Singer Mick Jagger was once a porter at a mental hospital.

David Letterman started his TV career as a weekend weathercaster at an Indianapolis station.

98% of today’s popular movies have characters that use drugs, alcohol, or tobacco.

Julia Roberts is a vegetarian.

Chastity Bono’s only movie role was in the 1994 film Bar Girls. In a bit part, she played “Scorp.”

George Washington could barely write and had very poor grammar skills.

Before breaking into films, actor Hugh Grant headed a comedy group called the Jockeys of Norfolk.

In 1979, actor Mel Gibson had an edge for the starring role in Mad Max because just before the audition he had gotten into a fight and his face was badly battered.

Scientology actively helps arrange celebrities' divorces and marriages when Scientology deems them beneficial to Scientology. These include Tom Cruise's divorce from Mimi Rogers and Lisa Marie Presley’s marriage to Michael Jackson. The organization hoped to make Jackson a Scientologist so he would recruit large numbers of youth.

Melanie Griffith's mother is Tippi Hedren, best known for her lead role in the movie The Birds.

When Britney Spears checks into a hotel she uses the name Allota Warmheart so that no-one will recognize her.

Rita Moreno is the first and only entertainer to have received all four of America's top entertainment industry awards including the Oscar, the Emmy, the Tony, and the Grammy.

Actor Richard Gere attended the University of Massachusetts on a scholarship for gymnastics.

Michael di Lorenzo who is on New York Under Cover was one of the lead dancers on Michael Jackson's Beat It video.

. Fergie wrote hit ballad “Big Girls Don't Cry” while she was claiming unemployment in the years before she became a member of the Black Eyed Peas.

2. Studio bosses have unwittingly placed a giant 50-foot-tall poster for Matt Damon's latest movie The Bourne Ultimatum on the side of the actor's apartment building in New York City.

3. Author J.K. Rowling is moving on from Harry Potter and has started writing a detective novel.

4. The daughter of late glamour girl Anna Nicole Smith, Dannielynn, will celebrate her first birthday next month at a party in Louisville, Kentucky.

5. Oscar winner Jamie Foxx is taking classical lessons from a Los Angeles Philharmonic cellist for his upcoming movie The Soloist, in which his character masters the instrument. Foxx isn't deaf to the classics--he's a trained pianist.

6. Smooth crooner Wayne Newton is to join the cast of the wannabe ballroom kings and queens in the upcoming season of TV talent show Dancing with the Stars.

7. Hairspray has become the 10th musical to take more than $100 million at the U.S. box office.

8. The stripper poles, barstools and other fittings from the New Jersey club that served as the Bada Bing bar on TV series The Sopranos are to be sold on eBay.

9. Disney's The Lion King has become the ninth longest-running show in Broadway history after playing its 4,098th performance on Aug. 21. That show broke Miss Saigon's top 10 record. The Lion King will officially celebrate its 10th anniversary on Nov. 11.

10. Model-turned-actress Carmen Electra is making a musical comeback, 15 years after her self-titled debut album failed to make the charts.

Hollywood History Facts


The Hollywood Neighborhood was named after the Hollywood Theater which opened on July 17th, 1926 with the silent movie, "More Pay-Less Work".
The first Junior Rose Festival parade was held in June 1918.
The Hollywood Neighborhood was the most popular automobile cruising destination in Oregon.
The trolley operated between 1906 and 1937 in the Hollywood District and was the 3rd largest electrical transport system in the U.S. during the 1930s.
The Banfield Highway was named after T.H. Banfield, a prominent Portland businessman.

Did you know:

1. Previous to 1910 stars were not promoted by name. If you were a fan and wanted to write to one, you'd labeled your mail to "The Butler with the Mustache" or "Girl with Curly Hair."

2. In 1910 a girl named Florence Lawrence was stolen away from her current studio by another one who promised to promote her actual name.

3. By 1912 many stars were being promoted under their actual names and began demanding higher and higher salaries.

4. By 1919 a star named Fatty Arbuckle became the first celebrity in history to get a million dollar per year contract. (DANG! A million bucks in 1919! That's serious cabbage!)

5. Thomas Edison invented motion picture, and most early movie studios were NY-based.

6. Studios had to pay a fee to Edison for the right to make movies, and because movies were in such high demand, many pirate companies emerged and tried to evade the fees. They did it by moving as far away from NY as possible. Hello Hollywood.

Hollywood was initially built in 1923 by Harry Chandler for a cost of $21,000. It was built to advertise the area "Hollywoodland". Built to last for only a year and a half, it lasted for more than eighty years and is still going strong.
In '39, there was a small white dot below the sign. It contained four thousand twenty watt bulbs to light up the structure and was maintained by a caretaker.
A piece of Hollywoodland was sold to the city of Los Angeles, which included the part of land that had the Hollywood sign on it.
In '49, L, A, N &D were removed and H was helped up because it was half toppled over. This form of the sign came to stay.
The sign deteriorated to wither until it fell under its own weight .It was brought back to shape by generous donors in '78 during which for three months because a new sign was being put up. Hugh Hefner held a fundraiser auctioning off each letter of the sign. Alice Cooper sponsored one O. Gene Aunty sponsored an L and Paul Williams a W.
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