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Updated on May 5, 2020. Posted on May 5, 2020

What's The Most Interesting Wikipedia Page About Old Hollywood Movies And Actors?

I'm gonna spend the next 37 hours reading these.

If you're anything like me, then you probably spend hours reading about your favorite topics on Wikipedia. One of my go-to topics is Old Hollywood.

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Learning about this wild time period is fascinating, eye-opening, and sometimes even heartbreaking. So that got me thinking: What's your favorite, engrossing Wikipedia page about Old Hollywood?

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Maybe you've spent hours reading the page for The Wizard of Oz movie, and learning about all of the behind-the-scenes mishaps made your jaw drop.


Did you know that the production used asbestos as "snow" during the poisonous poppy field scene? And the green makeup that coated Margaret Hamilton's face was actually toxic, so she was on a strict liquid diet during the production.

Perhaps you're more into true crime content, so you've read about Cheryl Crane. Crane was 14 when she stabbed her mom's (actress Lana Turner) abusive boyfriend to death.

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Lana Turner's boyfriend worked for a famous gangster. After he threatened to disfigure her, Crane took action and stabbed him in the abdomen with a butcher knife: “I ran back upstairs, the door burst open, and mother was there looking at me. John was coming toward me. I stepped through the door, and he literally ran into the knife.”

Or maybe you're more into trivia and love brushing up on the List of Academy Awards records page

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For example, Harold Russell, a non-professional actor who lost both of his hands in World War II, was the first and only actor to receive two Oscars for the same performance.

He was nominated for his performance in the Best Picture winner The Best Years of Our Lives (1946). The Academy didn't think he was going to win that night, but they wanted to honor him in some way, so they presented him with an Honorary Oscar for "bringing hope and courage to his fellow veterans through his appearance in The Best Years of Our Lives." That night, Russell also beat out four acting legends and ended up taking home the Best Supporting Actor Oscar.

It's time to keep us entertained. In the comments below, tell us about the best, most engrossing Wikipedia pages that revolve around Old Hollywood.

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It can be anything! From movies, to actors, to scandals – if it's interesting and about Old Hollywood, we want to read it.

The best responses will be featured in an upcoming BuzzFeed Community post or video!