Inside Hollywood: Untold Facts About 25 Hollywood Actresses – Part 3

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1Maggie Smith

Maggie Smith

Maggie Smith continued acting as Professor McGonagall in the last Harry Potter movie in spite of battling cancer because she didn’t want to disappoint fans.

2. Audrey Hepburn was so slim because from ages 9 to 16 she was severely malnourished during World War 2 in Holland. Among other things, she sustained herself on tulip bulbs.

3. When Bette Midler started her career in the early 1970s, she was the singer in a gay bathhouse in New York often accompanied by Barry Manilow on piano. Manilow produced her first album and patrons of the bath house were her first hardcore fans.

4. Halle Berry refused to shower for 10 days to accurately portray a drug-addicted prostitute in Spike Lee's 1991 movie Jungle Fever. She felt sorry for co-star Samuel L. Jackson, "(I played) a foul-mouthed crack-smoking hoe. It’s true (I didn’t wash), ask Sam Jackson, he had to get a whiff of it!"

5. Doris Day believed she was born in 1924 until her 95th birthday when the Associated Press found a birth certificate with the year 1922 on it.

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6Rita Hayworth

Rita Hayworth

Rita Hayworth began showing signs of Alzheimer's during her 40s. Even as it worsened, people blamed her behavior on her heavy drinking. She never got a proper diagnosis until 1979 and upon her death in 1987 at just 68, she would become a major public face for Alzheimer's Awareness.

7. Grace Kelly became close friends with dancer Josephine Baker after Kelly stormed out of a nightclub in NYC that Baker was denied entry because she was black.

8. Liza Minnelli only accepted the role of Lucille 2 on Arrested Development because she was asked in person by Ron Howard, who she had babysat when he was a child and she a teen.

9. Jennifer Lopez wearing a green Versace dress during the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards subsequently led to the creation of Google's image search.

10. When Cher was in 5th grade, she directed a musical for her school. When the boys didn't want to participate, she acted the male roles and sang their songs.

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11Emma Watson

Emma Watson

Emma Watson used to mouth Rupert Grint's and Daniel Radcliffe's lines during the filming of Harry Potter and the Philosopher Stone.

12. After finishing a fundraiser for the army, actress Carole Lombard (highest paid actress of the 30s and Clark Gable's wife) flipped a coin on whether to return home by plane or train. TWA Flight crashed 13 minutes after takeoff killing Lombard, her mother, and 21 others.

13. Christina Ricci's acting career started by stealing a role in her school play. At the audition, she taunted her acting rival to hit her, told on him and he lost the role to her as part of his punishment. That role got her discovered and on the career path, we know today.

14. Kristen Bell had to re-record some of her lines in Frozen to have a more ‘womanly’ tone when she gave birth during production because it deepened her voice.

15. Brie Larson had a short-lived singing career. Her album "Finally out of P.E." released in 2005 and only sold 4,000 copies in the US.

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16Renée Zellweger

Renée Zellweger

When actress Renée Zellweger was preparing for the movie Bridget Jones' Diary, she worked for a publishing company under the name Bridget Cavendish. She went largely unrecognized and had a framed photo of her then-boyfriend Jim Carrey on her desk. Most of her co-workers thought it was weird.

17. Actress Ellen Wong (Knives Chau in Scott Pilgrim vs The World) has a black belt in taekwondo. It was her martial arts background that helped her land the role.

18. Actress Catherine O'Hara (from Beetlejuice) has Situs Inversus, a rare congenital condition in which all of a person's internal organs in the thorax and abdomen are positioned on the opposite side to where they should be.

19. Silent film actress Justine Johnstone was also a pathologist. She was part of the team that developed the modern intravenous drip technique and installed a laboratory in her Hollywood home to aid her research.

20. Rebecca Schaeffer was a model and actress who was fatally shot in the doorway of her West Hollywood apartment building by a stalker in 1989. Schaeffer's death helped prompt the 1990 passage of America's first anti-stalking laws, as well as the Driver's Privacy Protection Act in 1994.

21Marjorie Eaton

Marjorie Eaton

Emperor Palpatine was played by the actress Marjorie Eaton in “The Empire Strikes Back” (1980). As nobody received on-screen credit for playing the Emperor (other than voice actor Clive Revill), the identity of the actor was initially unclear.

22. Actress Elizabeth Montgomery (TV actress from "Bewitched") was a distant cousin of George Burroughs, the only minister executed during the Salem Witch Trials.

23. Jennifer Lawrence loves Doritos so much she almost ruined some of her dresses on the set of American Hustle with Doritos dust. The wardrobe department had to make multiples of each dress, so she would always have a clean one to wear.

24. Early in her career Mila Kunis, who immigrated from Ukraine, auditioned to play a Russian girl who moves to America. Instead, she was cast as a Mexican.

25. When Anne Hathaway was auditioning for "The Dark Knight Rises", she thought she was auditioning for Harley Quinn.

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