She made peace with it.". “It left me shattered.” Taylor and Reynolds went several years without speaking to each other, but salvaged their friendship after meeting by chance on the Queen Elizabeth ocean liner in 1966. He was killed by a single gunshot wound, and MGM was quick to point out that he was also found with a suicide note. The most persistent rumor to plague legendary “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?” actress Joan Crawford throughout her career was that she starred in a sex tape when she was starting out in Hollywood. Her memoirs were published after her death in 2000, describing a girl who grew up poor but beautiful, whose devout religious upbringing shamed her into silence. The death of George Reeves, who’s best known for playing Clark Kent/Superman in the 1950s TV series, was ruled a suicide. Hollywood conjures visions of celebrity and glamour, but underneath the twinkle of Tinseltown lies a sinister underbelly that has led some of the brightest stars to their tragic ends. According to her, there were plans for them to marry (their engagement was announced at her 17th birthday party), have children (he reversed his vasectomy), and move to Jamaica (a house was being built and a wedding chapel renovated). His insistence that he didn't care what she looked like — it was that voice that he wanted — ended up being horribly ironic. She may have been a punchline to some and sex personified to others, but the life of blonde bombshell Marilyn Monroe has become the ultimate tale of … Sep 11, 2013 - Explore alice andersen's board "Tragic endings :’(" on Pinterest. accused Arbuckle of raping and accidentally killing her, invited Nazi propagandist filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl to Walt Disney Studios, banned Chaplin from re-entering the country, Entwistle took her own life by jumping off the “H” on the Hollywood sign, Tippi Hedren accused director Alfred Hitchcock. When he starred in 1935’s “The Call of the Wild” with Loretta Young, leading man Clark Gable got a little more than he bargained for. It — whatever "it" was, exactly — happened on Labor Day in 1921, in Room 1219 at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco. In what seems to be a strikingly similar series of events to those … Sex symbols were all discouraged from getting married, and getting pregnant was a definite no-no. The big scandal wasn’t that they were related but that he was 22 and she was 13. The young actress' death led to a … Natalie Wood (Pictured Above). Paramount called it quits with her after she was arrested for drunk driving, and she spiraled out of control. If it did happen, they were put under extreme pressure to get an abortion. That included ignoring things like a neighbor's testimony that a "woman in black" had been dropped off at his home and that she'd been there when the gun went off. Bergman was married to a doctor named Petter Lindstrom when she hooked up with the Italian director Roberto Rossellini. The story was used in an episode of FX’s show “Feud,” which was about Crawford. “I was the last to find out about the affair,” Reynolds told the Daily Mail in 2010. 1. You decide. But of the estimated $4 million he earned from them, his parents refused to give him a cent. Her gravestone was paid for by Jean Harlow, who would meet her own tragic end. “We kept thinking every year, every six months, that it was going to go away, they’re going to stop talking about it, and it just didn’t happen. Meanwhile, Young was such a devout Catholic that she insisted on a swear jar for on-set expletives, to which Spencer Tracy reportedly said, "Here's a twenty, sister. After getting into a fight with a hairdresser, she was eventually sentenced to the Los Angeles General Hospital's psych ward. Fast-forward a bit. The death of actress Virginia Rappe has always been a haunting story from … One of the alleged victims was quoted as saying, “[The jury] just sat and looked adoringly at him as if he was their son or something.”, In the 1920s (and for a long time after), bisexuality was a dirty word in Hollywood. According to Arbuckle, he had brought her upstairs to rest because she had been complaining of exhaustion and difficulty breathing. “It made for a good story, though!”. Growing more and more difficult on set, Paramount "punished" her by pushing her into mediocre roles. And in 1921, he was the unlikely defendant in a murder trial. Negri fainted not once, not twice, but three times — the second time onto Valentino’s coffin, where she dramatically declared that he had proposed to her and called herself his widow. Carole Lombard and Clark Gable. About 19 months later, she announced that she was going to adopt a young girl and picked one up from an orphanage. Mobster Johnny Stompanato began an abusive relationship with actress Lana Turner in the mid-1950s. By the time they got together, Flynn's career was at an all-time low, in part because of his persistent drunkenness, and in part because of debt, lawsuits filed by a few ex-wives for back child support, and allegations of sexual assault involving two underage girls (but not Aadland). Jul 7, 2012 - Their Lives might or might not have been tragic, that's not what's in question here. They were born … In 2016, actress Tippi Hedren accused director Alfred Hitchcock of harassment, claiming that he grabbed her, tried to kiss her and had a secret door installed between his office and her dressing room. Her Knight in Noir Armor. It’s not only today’s social media devotees who’re obsessed with setting up the perfect photo opportunity. These Old Hollywood scandals give another insight into what life, love and illicit liaisons were like for yesterday’s biggest stars of the stage and screen. John Lennon, Selena, and Dimebag Darrell are just a few entertainers who were killed by people obsessed with them. Reeves was found dead in his California home with a gunshot wound in his head, not long after he had broken off an affair with Toni Mannix, the wife of infamous MGM “fixer” Eddie Mannix. Walt Disney has long been accused of anti-Semitism, and the insinuation isn’t entirely baseless. Today's edgiest, most rebellious stars? But she may forever be best known for drowning under mysterious circumstances. Apparently, in 1935, film company MGM was blackmailed into paying $100,000 for the footage, following which the single existing copy was destroyed. All five defendants were acquitted in 1987 following a 10-month trial. Everything about Errol Flynn's final fling is disturbing on multiple levels. Blonde bombshell Jean Harlow married producer Paul Bern on July 2, 1932, and on September 5, they found his body. Can you imagine if they’d been successful? Garland's abortion affected her for life, but when Davis later had children, she was reportedly proud that she could conceive and carry even after all the abortions she'd had. In November 1924, movie pioneer Thomas Ince attended a party on business mogul William Randolph Hearst’s private yacht. Thomas Ince worked behind the scenes, and he's known as one of the first tycoons of the film industry. Delmont would never take the stand at the trial, as she admitted that she had tried to blackmail him and other powerful men she procured girls for. To maintain her weight, the studio had her on a diet that included only chicken soup, black coffee, 80 cigarettes a day, and appetite suppressants every four hours. The cogs and gears that actually move Hollywood forward are oiled with dirty back lot stories. After guests heard screaming from the room, they rushed in and found Rappe writhing in agony. She was signed to an MGM contract when she was 13, discovered by MGM co-founder Louis B. Mayer. Tragic Hollywood Starlets: 11 Leading Ladies Who Hid Their Secret Past ... From scandalous secrets to heartwarming stories, there isn’t much … Don't recognize the name? It contains murder, betrayal, and lust. After the tragic suicide of Kurt Cobain in 1994, his wife Courtney Love kept … All the components for a great Hollywood movie. Before then, Fatty Arbuckle was a massive Hollywood star. It may be going too far to label Disney an anti-Semite, but there’s definitely evidence that he at the very least admired Riefenstahl. Many actresses, including Bette Davis (pictured below), Lana Turner, Judy Garland and Joan Crawford, reportedly had abortions after studio bosses turned the screws. They were going to call their baby Woodland, as he called her "Woodsie" because he was fond of saying she reminded him of a wood nymph. When she was getting ready to film The Wizard of Oz, a good number of studio memos about her had to do with her diet. Young's response was simply, "That's what happened between me and Clark.". Cheyenne, his half-sister, had not a less tragic fate. When she got engaged to her first husband at 18 years old, she stood 4'11" and weighed what they thought was an acceptable 98 pounds. Even the U.S. Senate got involved, with a Colorado senator going so far as to denounce her behavior and call her "a powerful influence for evil." Wood was 15 years old when her mother pimped her out to a 38-year-old Frank Sinatra, and 17 when she did the same with 43-year-old Nicholas Ray. We'll start with the fact that he was 48 and estranged from his third wife when he first hooked up with the 15-year-old Beverly Aadland in a tryst that, according to her, was nowhere near consensual. Okay, so technically she was his first cousin once removed (she was the daughter of Lewis’ cousin J.W. Judy, who died in 2011 at the age of 76, was 31 before she learned the full truth about her parentage. Things took a serious turn when Ince died several days later, reportedly by natural causes. #MeToo Hollywood Babylon: The most salacious Old Hollywood scandals Did you know it’s been 80 years since Dorothy followed the yellow brick road? Amateurs. The official cause was heart failure, but there were whispers that it wasn't so much "heart failure" or "indigestion" as it was "a bullet." Jane And Peter FondaFrom the outside, Jane and Peter Fonda appear to have it all. He… Silent movie star Pola Negri gave photographers everything they could ask for at the funeral for her lover, Rudolph Valentino. Natalie Wood was a star at an early age, appearing in the 1947 holiday classic Miracle... 2. Then, in 1943, when Chaplin was 53, he married 18-year-old Oona O’Neill, the daughter of American playwright Eugene O’Neill. Her 1981 death was initially ruled as accidental, but after new evidence about an argument between Wood and Wagner the night she died came to light, the case was reopened. He also died in an incredibly suspicious way. That's right, they used actual skeletons because rubber skeletons were too expensive. Killkare." After filming, Young headed off to Europe for a few months before returning to California. Stories vary about whether the U.S. forbade Bergman to return or if she left voluntarily, but she lost custody of her first daughter, Pia, either way. Here are some great ones you might not have heard. Crawford played an amateur actress named Gloria. The death of Judy Garland is a prime example of how Tinseltown might sparkle on the surface, but roil with trauma just below.. Garland was a child actor-turned-Hollywood songbird who found fame through films like The Wizard of Oz, For Me and My Gal, and A Star is Born.But her tenure in Hollywood was a double-edged sword, as with the fame came a lifetime of judgment and abuse on … Signed by Paramount when she was 22, Farmer made it a point to rebel against all the studio grooming and shaping that went into creating most of her contemporaries. But in 1924 his new studio was failing, bankruptcy was looming, and he set out on a cruise in honor of birthday number 42. For some reason, despite far bigger scandals being attached to John Lennon (both during and after his lifetime), the one that people seem most concerned with is his statement that the Beatles were “more popular than Jesus.” It didn’t cause that big a stir when it was first published in the London Evening Standard in March 1966, but after it was reprinted in the teen magazine Datebook four months later, things got really heated. According to the public, he had killed her during an attempted rape. Coogan sued them for the money in 1938, but after he paid his legal fees, he was left with only $126,000. But Young would never publicly admit that she was her own biological daughter, and that's not even where the real heartbreak comes in. When Wood was 10 years old and filming The Green Promise, a bridge broke and dumped her into a fast-moving river. 17 Unbelievably Tragic Movie Star Deaths In Hollywood History. There's some evidence of a cover-up, as Ince's wife was awarded a mysterious trust fund and another witness was given a lifetime employment contract. It's not surprising she would spend her days fantasizing about food or that being forced to turn to pills and alcohol in the face of the eating disorders she developed led her to a condition doctors called "permanent semi-invalid"... at 37 years old. See the tragic stories behind these old Hollywood pairs that were never told. 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