Fred Astaire became a big Hollywood name, but did you know that before he did, he had to live in the shadow of his sister who was thought to be a lot more talented than he was? The two started performing together as kids and continued till they were over 30, which sounds taxing to us.
During the time the two were partners, no one really noticed poor Fred and his sister raked in all the compliments. After they went their separate ways, Fred was really hesitant about partnering up with new actresses.
Ingrid Bergman Did the Same Movie Twice!
Swedish beauty Ingrid Bergman had a peculiar experience with the film "Intermezzo." She first starred in the Swedish version of the film in 1936 as a piano teacher who ends up coming between a violin player and his wife.
After the movie's success, an American version was produced, starring none other than Ingrid Bergman in the exact same role. It might sound boring to be in the same movie twice, but the 1939 Hollywood version kickstarted her career in America.
Ingrid Bergman Was Exiled
In 1949 Bergman worked with director Roberto Rossellini. While on set, the two got involved with each other. There was just one problem — they were both married to other people. The public was shocked to hear of the affair, which stained her good-girl reputation.
Things took a turn for the worst when the actress stopped being welcome in Hollywood whatsoever. The couple stayed together, but they had to move to Italy to protect their love.
Fred Astaire Wanted All His Films to Be the Same
Today, many actors are scared of being type-casted and only getting the same kind of roles again and again. But Fred actually had a formula for his movies, and he basically wanted all of them to be the exact same. If this sounds pedantic to you, it's because it was.
His formula was so precise that he had written down an exact number of minutes each part should last. Yes, each of his movies was practically the same, down to the minute.
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.