50 Fantastic Facts about Hollywood Actresses – Part 2

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26Brenda Fricker

Brenda Fricker

The pigeon lady from “Home Alone 2” was actually played by Brenda Fricker, an accomplished actress who won an Academy Award in 1989.

27. Elizabeth Taylor’s apparent dark outlined eyes were due to a rare genetic mutation that gave her “double eyelashes.”

28. In 1977, Jodie Foster starred in 5 feature films (including Taxi Driver, Bugsy Malone and Freaky Friday), winning 2 Baftas, an Oscar nomination, and countless other awards. She was only 14 years old.

29. Oscar winner Ingrid Bergman's divorce from her husband in 1950 (to marry her lover Italian director Roberto Rossellini) was so scandalous that an U.S. Senator proposed a bill that would require films to be rated not just for on-screen content, but the moral character of the actors involved as well.

30. When Meryl Streep auditioned for the lead role of 1976's "King Kong," producer Dino De Laurentiis commented to his son in Italian: "She's ugly. Why did you bring me this thing?" He was shocked when Streep replied to the insult in fluent Italian.

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31Kathleen Turner

Kathleen Turner

Actress Kathleen Turner claimed that Nicolas Cage once had gotten drunk, and stole a chihuahua that he liked. In turn, Cage filed a lawsuit for defamation and damage to his character. Cage won the case, resulting in retractions, legal fees, and a donation to charity benefiting abuse victims.

32. Actress Jennifer Jason Leigh once filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Warner Bros., John Landis, and Steven Spielberg after her father, Vic Morrow, was accidentally killed along with two child actors when a helicopter stunt went wrong while filming ‘Twilight Zone: The Movie.’

33. Actress Margarita Carmen Cansino had to lighten her skin, endure hairline electrolysis, and change her name to Rita Hayworth in order to become famous.

34. Doris Day discovered after the death of husband Martin Melcher that he had squandered all her money and signed her for the sitcom The Doris Day Show without her knowledge. She reluctantly did the series, feeling obligated, and it underwent several abrupt changes to the cast and premise over its run.

35. In 2013, actress Emma Roberts was arrested for domestic violence against her fiancé Evan Peters (co-star in American Horror Story).

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36Roxann Dawson

Roxann Dawson

Roxann Dawson who played B'Elanna Torres on Star Trek: Voyager has directed episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Under the Dome, Treme, Heroes, Melrose Place, and Lost.

37. Shirley Temple wasn't told of her friend and fellow actress Dorothy Dell's death until moments before filming a crying scene.

38. Jessica Alba was told by "Fantastic Four" director Tim Story that her crying didn't look pretty enough and that "We can CGI the tears in."

39. The role of Eliza Doolittle from 'My Fair Lady' was originally played on Broadway by Julie Andrews. However, she was denied the role because the film's producers didn't think she was "known" enough as a film actress. She ended up winning that year's Best Actress Oscar for 'Mary Poppins.'

40. Actress Aubrey Plaza (Parks & Rec, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) had a stroke when she was 20. This caused to her to experience "expressive aphasia" and she was unable to produce language for some time. The doctors don't know why it happened and she has since recovered with no residual effects. 

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41Carole Lombard

Carole Lombard

Actress Carole Lombard, who died in a plane crash in 1942, had agreed to fake her death in a plane crash, back in 1940, for publicity.

42. Tammy Lynn Leppert, the blond actress who distracted Manny in the movie Scarface, vanished shortly after filming. She hasn't been seen or heard from since.

43. Anissa Jones who played "Buffy" on the 1960's show Family Affair died of a drug overdose; one of the most severe the coroner had ever seen.

44. Aimee Mullins who portrayed Eleven's mother on Stranger Things has lived her whole life without legs.

45. Natalia Tena, the actress who plays Tonks in the Harry Potter films and Osha in Game of Thrones, plays the accordion and sings in the band Molotov Jukebox.

46Lana Turner

Lana Turner

Actress and legendary beauty Lana Turner was discovered at the age of 17 by a talent agent at a drugstore where she was having a coke and skipping typing class. She was immediately signed to make her first movie.

47. Actress Diana Dors’ real surname is Fluck. She later commented on the name change, “I suppose they were afraid that if my real name Diana Fluck was in lights and one of the lights blew ...”

48. Sarah Michelle Gellar's 1982 Burger King commercial was the first to mention a competitor by name. At 5 years old, she was banned from McDonald's for life, due to truth in advertising (one of her lines was "I only eat at Burger King")" when they sued Burger King and mentioned her in the lawsuit.

49. Kirsten Dunst voiced Kiki in the American dub of "Kiki's Delivery Service" and it is her highest rated movie at 97%.

50. Actress Demi Moore was cross-eyed as a child. Her condition was corrected by two surgeries.

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