West wasn’t only an actress and singer with a seven-decade-long career, she was also a screenwriter and a playwright. She wrote her plays using a pseudonym because they were, how shall we put it? Quite risqué.
In 1926, she starred in one of her own plays and ended up paying a heavy price. Religious groups complained to the police and West found herself spending 8 days in jail. But, rumor has it she enjoyed the publicity it gave her.
Judy Garland's Confidence Was Ruined by MGM
Judy Garland's singing voice as a young teenager impressed everyone, and at 13 she signed with MGM. Three years later she got one of her most iconic roles — Dorothy in “The Wizard Of Oz.” But, at this point, the studio executives controlled almost every aspect of her life, a fact that really ruined her self-esteem.
They decided what she gets to eat, and got her to work on two different movies at the same time, which meant she had no time for herself.
Mae West Didn't Want to Be on the Beatles' Album Cover
One of the Beatles' masterpieces, "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band", featured iconic actress Mae West on its cover. Weirdly enough, when they first approached her and asked if she wanted to be on the cover of their album, she was hesitant.
She was quoted saying "What would I be doing in a lonely hearts club?” They had to convince her to agree and we bet she ended up being very pleased that she did.
Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster Were Frenemies
Kirk and Burt starred in no less than seven films together. You'd expect people who chose to work so much together to be good friends and to get along great, right? Well, their relationship was a lot more complicated than that.
At times it felt like they were more foes than friends, and they always felt like they had to compete with each other. When presenting Kirk with an award, Burt confessed Douglas was a very difficult man to work with.
Kirk Douglas' Real Name Was Issur Danielovitch
Kirk Douglas was such a successful iconic actor that he was worth over $6o million when he died in 2008. But, Kirk wasn't actually his name. He was born in New York to a Russian-Jewish family and was named Issur Danielovitch by his parents.
He changed his name before he became a huge star, as he wanted to assimilate in Hollywood. Still, he cared about his faith, and he even had two Bar-Mitzvahs. One at 13, as is customary, and another when he was 83.