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.
Gregory Peck's Unlikely Friendship
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.
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.
David O. Selznick Was Known for his Mind-Boggling Memos.
The brilliant producer who was responsible for numerous classics such as “Gone with the Wind,” “Rebecca,” and “Spellbound” cared about the smallest details in filmmaking. Apparently, Selznick was known for his lengthy, and at times confusing memos to the cast and crew.
The filmmaker would not read through his dictated thoughts to make sure they were fluid for the reader, which often lead to confusion for the recipient. Selznick was known so much for his complex memos that there was even a book written about them, "Memo from David O. Selznick."
Burt Reynolds, The Club Owner
During the 70s, when nightclubs were a major social excursion, Burt Reynolds thought he would get in on the action. The actor decided to establish “Burt’s Place,” a nightclub featuring a stained glass dance floor with a rendition of Reynold’s face.
The trendy venture that was opened in downtown Atlanta, unfortunately, was not successful for Reynolds and was closed after just one year.