50 Fantastic Facts about Hollywood Actresses – Part 2

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1 Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn

In 1940, 11-year-old Audrey Hepburn studied ballet in occupied Holland. To aid the resistance, the students performed in secret while Nazi patrols roamed nearby. Applause was forbidden, and later Hepburn said, “The best audience I ever had made not a single sound at the end of my performance.”

2. Real-life pregnancy of Katey Sagal who played Peggy Bundy in Married with Children was written into season 6 of the show. When the actress suffered a miscarriage, the pregnancy storyline was written as a dream of Al’s, as it was felt it would be too traumatic for Katey Sagal to work with an infant.

3. Hedy Lamarr, the famous actress of 40’s and 50’s, who was once dubbed “the most beautiful woman in the world”, co-patented the technology that would lead to Wi-Fi, GPS and wireless phones.

4. Audrey Hepburn was a ballet prodigy as a child, but after five years of malnutrition due to German occupation during World War 2, she was permanently too weak to dance, so she turned to acting.

5. Eva Mendes’ voice was dubbed over in the Steven Seagal movie “Exit Wounds” without her knowledge. A producer later told her natural voice “didn’t sound intelligent enough.” She later replied, “it was a Steven Seagal movie, and I didn’t sound intelligent enough.”

6 Liv Tyler

Liv Tyler

Up until she was 8 years old, Liv Tyler believed her biological father was rock musician Todd Rundgren. It wasn’t until she met Steven Tyler and noticed the resemblance between her and his other daughter Mia, that Liv’s mother revealed the truth.

7. Carrie Fisher admitted that she found it difficult to act across from Peter Cushing (Grand Moff Tarkin) in Star Wars because Cushing was so nice and polite to her on set between takes that it was hard to show disdain towards him.

8. Lisa Kudrow earned her B.A. in biology from Vassar College, New York. Her father, Dr. Lee N. Kudrow, was a headache specialist and physician. Lisa worked on his staff for eight years while breaking into acting, and earned research credit on his studies on cluster headaches and left-handedness.

9. While playing Queen Elizabeth in a stage play, Helen Mirren stayed in character after the show to fulfill a 10-year-old boy’s dying wish to meet the Queen. They had tea together, and he thought he was with Her Majesty the entire time.

10. Katie Holmes chose to do Mad Money with Queen Latifah instead of reprising her role as Rachel in The Dark Knight.

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11 Abbie Cornish

Abbie Cornish

Australian actress Abbie Cornish, of “Sucker Punch” and “Limitless” fame, raps under the moniker Dusk, and even opened for Nas, during his 2015 Australian tour.

12. At the age of 10, Russian Jewish immigrant Mila Kunis auditioned for but failed to get the role of a Russian Jewish immigrant in the film “Make A Wish, Molly.” Instead, she was cast as a Mexican girl in a secondary role.

13. Before Summer Glau met Joss Whedon and got cast in Firefly, she auditioned for Power Rangers.

14. Cameron Diaz and Snoop Dogg used to go to the same high school and she bought weed from him.

15. Actress Geena Davis tried out for the 2000 Sydney Olympics in archery. She placed 24th out of 300 women but did not qualify for the Olympics.

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16 Emma Stone

Emma Stone

Emma Stone’s low-pitched husky voice is a result of having baby colic, a condition of constant screaming as an infant.

17. Susan Oliver who played Vina/Orion Slave Girl in the Original Star Trek’s ‘The Menagerie’ was once on a plane that suddenly dropped from 35,000 feet to 6,000 feet. She later went on to learn to fly and became the 4th woman to fly a single-engine aircraft solo across the Atlantic Ocean.

18. Colombian actress Sofia Vergara is naturally blonde but is usually asked to dye her hair brown to appear like a more “typical” Latina.

19. The “Whoopi” in Whoopi Goldberg’s name came about because she farted all of the time. “Goldberg” was her mother’s idea, who felt that having a Jewish surname would aid in her Hollywood success.

20. Michelle Pfeiffer actually performed her whip stunts in the film ‘Batman Returns’. The famous mannequin trick was shot in one take, surprising even her trainer (Anthony De Longis).

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21 Andie MacDowell

Andie MacDowell

Andie MacDowell’s first big break was the role of Jane in “Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan,” but her lines were dubbed by Glenn Close because her Southern accent was too pronounced for her to play the role of an Englishwoman. Ironically, in the original book, Jane was an American Southerner.

22. Sigourney Weaver actually made that ‘impossible’ basketball shot in Aliens: Resurrection.

23. Sally Field only played Aunt May in “Amazing Spider-Man” as a favor to the producer, and described it as “ten pounds of sh*t in a five-pound bag.”

24. 20-year-old Scarlett Johansson was insisting on going topless in the movie “The Island” but director Michael Bay refused and persuaded to keep her underwear on.

25. Sharon Stone, for many years, maintained that she had an IQ of 148 and was a member of Mensa. She admitted in 2002 that she was not, and had never been, a member of Mensa.

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