16 Shocking Things You Never Knew About Old Hollywood Actors
Eartha Kitt had a threesome with James Dean and Paul Newman.
1. Shirley Temple was such a talented child actor that there was a rumor she was actually a dwarf, so the Vatican literally sent someone to investigate.
4. Lucille Ball was told by drama and acting teachers that she didn't have enough talent to make it and should just "give up."
5. Hedy Lamarr helped develop a radio guidance system for Allied torpedoes in the beginning of World War II. This technology basically led to the inventions of Bluetooth, GPS, and Wi-Fi.
6. Audrey Hepburn survived starvation during the German invasion of Holland in World War II by eating tulip bulbs.
8. Rita Moreno had an on-and-off affair with Marlon Brando for eight years, and she later dated Elvis Presley, just to make Brando jealous.
9. Joan Crawford became a recluse toward the end of her life after seeing unflattering photos of herself and fellow actor Rosalind Russell at a party.
11. Bobby Driscoll, the voice and model of Disney's Peter Pan, died penniless, unclaimed, and unidentified in an abandoned apartment building at the age of 31.
12. Elizabeth Taylor saved Montgomery Clift's life after he was in a car accident and began choking on two of his own teeth that were lodged in his throat.
14. Greta Garbo was Adolf Hitler's favorite actress, and he'd often send her letters and invite her to visit him in Germany.
15. Garbo also revealed to close friends that she would have killed Hitler if she had the chance: "If the war hadn't started when it did, I would have gone, and I would have taken a gun out of my purse and shot him."
16. And Audrey Hepburn sat next to Marlon Brando at a lunch event in 1955. She introduced herself, but he didn't say a single word to her. She went her whole life thinking he despised her. Forty years later, she was in the hospital and received a letter from Brando that revealed he was actually just awestruck.
An earlier version of this article included a story about Clara Blandick from The Wizard of Oz, which has since been removed to fit BuzzFeed's editorial standards.