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    18 Random Old Hollywood Facts That'll Make You Look At These Famous Women Differently

    Did you know Lucille Ball went to drama school with Bette Davis?

    We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us their fave Old Hollywood facts, and it turns out a lot of them were about famous female actors. Here are the wild results:

    1. RKO Radio Pictures was so against Katharine Hepburn wearing pants on movie sets, they hid them from her. In response to their sexist behavior, Hepburn walked around in her underwear until her pants were returned.

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    2. Natalie Wood injured her left wrist as a kid on the set of The Green Promise, which resulted in her left wristbone popping out. Because she was so self-conscious about it, she always wore a big bracelet to cover up the injury.

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    3. Marlene Dietrich openly identified as bisexual and allegedly had sex with notable stars like Anna May Wong and Claudette Colbert. She called her affairs with women "sewing circles."

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    4. Tallulah Bankhead would allegedly sprinkle Marlene Dietrich's gold wig dust on her pubic hair and show it off to random people who passed by her dressing room.

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    5. Rita Moreno had an affair with Marlon Brando and had sex with Elvis Presley just to make Brando jealous.


    6. Elizabeth Taylor was born with a rare disorder called distichiasis, which meant she had a double row of eyelashes.

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    7. Margaret Hamilton suffered second-degree burns on her face when she made this fiery exit as the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz, and was hospitalized for six weeks.


    8. Jane Fonda and Marilyn Monroe were in the same method acting class, which was run by legendary acting coach Lee Strasberg.

    9. Hedy Lamarr was responsible for inventing the groundbreaking frequency-hopping technology used in World War II, which would eventually contribute to major inventions like GPS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth.

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    10. MGM forced female stars like Judy Garland to have abortions because they didn't want them to be perceived as "bombshells."


    11. Eartha Kitt had a threesome with legendary actors Paul Newman and James Dean.

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    12. Joan Crawford used to soak her eyes in boric acid to make them sparkle.

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    13. Greta Garbo was apparently Hitler's favorite female actor, but she despised him. Garbo told her friends she'd only want to meet him so she could kill him.

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    14. Carol Burnett received flowers every year on her birthday from her mentor and BFF, Lucille Ball. On Burnett's birthday in 1989, the same day Ball died, flowers arrived that afternoon with a note that read, "Happy birthday, kid."

    15. Shirley Temple was investigated by the Vatican because there was a rumor that she had dwarfism and was an adult impersonating a child.

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    16. Rita Hayworth was born Margarita Carmen Cansino in Brooklyn and had a Spanish father, but Columbia Pictures essentially whitewashed her entire image. They made her get hairline electrolysis, dye her hair red, and lighten her skin tone so she wouldn't appear "exotic."

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    17. Bette Davis went to drama school with Lucille Ball.

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    18. And Hattie McDaniel was the first black person to win an Oscar, but the hotel hosting the ceremony in its nightclub had a discriminatory "no blacks" policy. Her Gone With the Wind producer had to call in a favor, and she was eventually allowed inside the Cocoanut Grove.