Gregory Peck was good friends with Michael Jackson. It may seem like an unlikely friendship, but the seasoned actor and the King of Pop were actually close confidants. Reportedly, for the last 25 years of his life, Peck would spend time with Jackson at Neverland Ranch, bonding over their appreciation for art.
He even visited the singer on the set of Smooth Criminal. Jackson called Peck “one of the nicest people in the world.” That says a lot for a megastar who knows a lot of people.
Joan Crawford Adopted Her Kids "Under the Table"
Joan Crawford adopted her kids through shady means. When the “Mommie Dearest” actress decided to become a mother in real life, she chose adoption. Though adoption is wonderful, it was illegal to adopt as a single parent in California at the time.
Crawford selected child “brokers” who helped her adopt two of her three children. Her daughter’s adoption was finalized in New York and Nevada to circumvent Californian laws.
Rita Hayworth Struggled With Parenting
Rita Hayworth was known for her incredible beauty and captivating on-screen presence, but she had a rough upbringing. This sad beginning, accompanied by bad romantic relationships, affected the parenting of her two daughters.
At one point, she left her daughters with a babysitter and took off on vacation. She was even charged with child neglect after a neighbor noticed her girls playing in the trash.
Yul Brynner the Photographer
Yul Brynner was a photographer. The actor is known for his performances in “The King and I,” “The Magnificent Seven,” and “The Ten Commandments” had an artistic hobby. Brynner loved photography and would often take photos on the sets of the films he was a part of.
Despite his icy and edgy persona, his photographs demonstrated a softer, more intimate side of Brynner, that of someone who saw the value of life in moments. And who wanted to share those remembered moments in a unique way.
Ava Gardner Had to Hide Her Accent
When Ava Gardner first stepped into Hollywood, she, of course, brought her North Carolinian accent with her. As show business professionals took it upon themselves to craft young starlets into marketable performers, it was decided that her southern accent was too distracting.
A speech coach (Gertrude Fogler) was then hired to help the young actress. Thankfully for Gardner, she was able to have a relatively unhindered career with the help of her coach.