Hedy Lamarr was super smart. Yet another actress who was unfortunately limited by societal standards, Hedy Lamarr, did not receive credit for her remarkable intelligence until later in life. The actress had a mind for engineering and was even partially responsible for inventing the fundamental structure for WiFi.
She partnered with George Antheil in developing the structure, but Lamarr herself was shafted by the National Inventors Council. Pitifully, she was more or less told to remain a beautiful face on-screen and not an inventor. It was not until 2014 (long after her death) that Hedy Lamarr was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
Becoming Cary Grant
This rarity of Grant’s intimate life eventually spawned the documentary "Becoming Cary Grant" in 2017. The quintessential Hollywood leading man was a real mystery by all accounts.
Grant was a private man and not one for interviews, but with the "help" of these substances, he started opening up about his internal world.
Jimmy Stewart Wrote Poetry
Jimmy Stewart was a closeted poet. The actor was known for his likable personality, patriotism, and of course, his acting talent. But later on in his career, Jimmy Stewart revealed an interesting aspect of his private life.
Stewart was a poet and had written a small collection of poetry called "Jimmy Stewart and His Poems." He revealed one of his writings on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson about his dog Beau, which made Carson tear up with emotion. His favorite poet was apparently Edgar Allen Poe.
Clark Gable was a clean freak. In stark contrast to James Dean, Clark Gable was very, very into good hygiene. The dashing actor and serial, leading man were known to shower around several times a day and did not believe in taking baths.
He found the thought of soaking in stagnant water utterly repulsive. The actor also changed his sheets every single day.
Insecure Jean Arthur
Jean Arthur battled crippling insecurity. Though she eventually became a well-known star, Arthur was very unsure of herself early on in her career. She was insecure about how her voice sounded and her abilities as an actress. She faced so much criticism at the beginning of her career that she was too quiet.
But Arthur persevered and eventually received praise for her work. She was successful in branching out for a female in the industry at the time. She was known for landing comedic roles and was often cast as a capable woman.