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33 Shocking And Unexpected Celebrity Facts You Never Knew Before

Betty White is older than sliced bread.

We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us the wildest celebrity facts they know. Here are the best results.

1. Megan Mullally was fired from her role in Finding Nemo for refusing to do her high-pitched Karen Walker voice from Will & Grace.

NBC / Pixar

According to Mullally, the studio originally agreed that she could do whatever voice she wanted for the undisclosed character, but as time went on they kept requesting the one she uses for Will & Grace. She refused, so they fired her.


2. Betty White is older than sliced bread.


Betty is 97 years old and was born on January 17, 1922. The first time a pre-sliced loaf of bread was sold was over six years later in 1928. I guess the popular phrase should be changed to "that's the best thing since Betty White," not sliced bread.


3. Benedict Cumberbatch was abducted and shoved in a trunk by six men with guns while filming a show in South Africa in 2005.

4. Geena Davis almost made the US Olympic archery team in 1999, after taking up the sport only two years prior.

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She made it to the semifinals and placed 24th.


5. Shirley Temple was such a talented child actor that people were convinced she was actually a dwarf, so the Vatican literally sent someone to investigate.

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This rumor was huge in Europe, so the Vatican sent Father Silvio Massante to "verify that she was indeed a child." Wild!


6. Elvis Presley was actually a natural blonde. / Paramount Pictures

Presley's personal hairstylist, Larry Geller, would dye his hair every two to three weeks to keep it black and shiny.


7. Christopher Walken used to be a lion tamer.

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8. Martin Luther King Jr., Barbara Walters, and Anne Frank were all born in the same year.

9. Oprah Winfrey's real name is technically "Orpah" because it was spelled wrong on her birth certificate.

10. Rock Hudson had affairs with both Elizabeth Taylor and James Dean while they all filmed the movie Giant.

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There's also a great rumor that Elizabeth Taylor and Rock Hudson made a bet to see who could sleep with James Dean first. Apparently Rock won.


11. Mark Wahlberg has three nipples.

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12. And Harry Styles has four nipples.

13. Elisabeth Moss grew up in the Church of Scientology and is still a member.

AMC / Hulu

She claims the Church "helped her become who she is today."


14. Jason Statham was a competitive diver before he became a professional actor. / NBC

It's true!


15. And he almost drowned at the bottom of the Black Sea after a stunt went wrong while filming The Expendables 3.


He was driving a giant truck for a stunt, and the brakes didn't work. He went over the edge of a cliff inside the truck, and water started pouring through the open windows. Luckily he made it out alive.


16. Bette Davis kicked Joan Crawford so hard while shooting a scene in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? that Crawford needed stitches.

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This ~feud~ was so iconic and nasty.


17. And Joan Crawford retaliated by putting weights in Bette Davis's pockets "so that when Davis had to drag Crawford's near lifeless body she strained her back."

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Crawford even campaigned against Davis so she wouldn't win an Oscar for the movie. Had Davis won, she would have been the first actress to win three Academy Awards.


18. Glenn Close was forced to join a right-wing religious cult by her father when she was a child.


—Cherryll Batty, Facebook

19. Robin Williams was such a big fan of The Legend of Zelda that he named his daughter Zelda.


—Shannon Antoinette, Facebook

20. Humphrey Bogart was two inches shorter than Ingrid Bergman, so he wore platform shoes, stood on boxes, and sat on cushions to appear taller in Casablanca.

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21. Jeremy Renner used to be a makeup artist.



22. Eartha Kitt had a threesome with James Dean and Paul Newman. / Warner Bros. / 20th Century Fox



23. Steve Buscemi was a firefighter in New York when he was a teenager, and after the attacks on 9/11 he dropped everything to help with the recovery efforts.

HBO / Getty Images / Paul Hawthorne

24. Greta Garbo was Adolf Hitler's favorite actress. He'd even send her fan mail and try to get her to visit him in Germany.

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25. But Garbo said that if she did visit him, she would have killed him: "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."


She claimed she probably would have gotten away with it too: "I'm the only person who would not have been searched."


26. Angela Lansbury moved her entire family to Ireland after her daughter became involved with the Manson family.

CBS, Wikipedia / Public Domain / San Quentin State Prison, California

Her son was also addicted to drugs, so she decided to uproot everyone. She claims that doing this saved their lives.

—Sarah Crawford, Facebook

27. Bea Arthur was one of the first members of the Women's Reserve in the Marine Corps in the 1940s.

United States Marine Cops / / NBC

28. Cary Grant helped Carrie Fisher with her drug problem when she was a teenager...twice.


Debbie Reynolds enlisted the help of Grant to speak with her daughter about LSD. Years later, Carrie's father saw Grant at Grace Kelly's funeral requested the same sort of treatment: "He went up to him and couldn't think of what to say but wanted to say something to Cary Grant, so he said, 'My daughter has an acid problem. Would you call her?'"

—Stephanie Chapman, Facebook

29. Buster Keaton fractured his neck while performing a stunt in Sherlock Jr., but he didn't even realize it until years later.


In the scene, a flood of water was supposed to fall on him from a water tower. The force was so strong that he broke his neck.


30. Denzel Washington dislocated his pinky so many times that his finger would constantly fall out of place when he moved his hand.

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31. Joan Crawford literally stopped going outside toward the end of her life after seeing an unflattering photo of herself and fellow actor Rosalind Russell in the newspaper.

Warner Bros. / FX

The whole thing is really sad and caused one of the most talented and beautiful women in the world to say goodbye to it all: "I couldn’t bear people saying, 'Oh, look, she used to be Joan Crawford!' I would rather stay in my home and answer my fan mail... I couldn’t control other people’s actions. I could only control my own, so I did the only thing I could do: I said, 'Goodbye, world.'"


32. Tom Cruise's front-right tooth is in the center of his mouth.

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33. And Bryan Cranston was once a suspect in a giant murder investigation.


Cranston worked at a restaurant when he was 20, and apparently everyone hated one of the chefs: "Everyone would talk about how you would kill Peter Wong. I said, 'I think I would slice him up and put him in a wok...and put it over some sticky rice.'"

Later on, Cranston and his brother went on a motorcycle trip, and around the same time Peter Wong was murdered. The detectives started to investigate and searched for Bryan and his brother, assuming they fled the state after committing the crime. Ultimately they were cleared of all charges.


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