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What's The Wildest Fact You Know About Old Hollywood Movies And Actors?

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

If you're anything like me, then you probably love learning things about Old Hollywood movies and celebrities. / ABC

So that got me thinking: What's the coolest, wildest, or even the most bizarre fact that you know about Old Hollywood (I'm talkin' movies and celebs from 1910 to 1969)?

Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros.

Maybe your favorite fact is that Rita Moreno had an affair with Marlon Brando and later dated Elvis Presley, just to make Brando jealous.

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Perhaps you were genuinely shocked when you learned there was a rumor that Shirley Temple was actually a dwarf (since she was such a talented child actor), and the Vatican literally sent someone to investigate.

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For some reason, this was a popular rumor in Europe. The Vatican even sent Father Silvio Massante to confirm that Temple was, in fact, a child (spoiler alert: She was).

Maybe your favorite The Wizard of Oz fact is that all the horses were actually painted with Jell-O powder to make them different colors.


The studio didn't want to use real paint on the horses, so they tried using food coloring, "but the colors were not subtle enough." Ultimately, they sponged colorful Jell-O powders onto the horses, "a decision complicated by the fact that the horses invariably managed to lick off most of the Jell-O between shots."

Or maybe your favorite fact is that Lucille Ball auditioned to play Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With the Wind.


In 1984, Ball revealed that she auditioned for the iconic role of Scarlett O'Hara, saying, "Everybody knew it was just a huge publicity gimmick, but I was just a young starlet, and when you're under contract to a studio, you do what you're told to do."

It's time to make our jaws drop. Use the dropbox below to tell us the coolest, wildest, or most bizarre fact about Old Hollywood celebs and movies!


FYI: In 1939, Radio City Music Hall in New York City had to reupholster its seats in the giant theater because so many children kept peeing their pants when the witch came onscreen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

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