1Mary Tyler Moore
In 1996, Mary Tyler Moore offered a restaurant $1,000 to sell her a 65-year-old lobster so she could return it to the wild. Rush Limbaugh then offered $2,000 to eat the lobster. The restaurant denied both offers and kept the lobster as a mascot.
When Joan Crawford died, her longtime rival Bette Davis said: “You should never say bad things about the dead, you should only say good . . . Joan Crawford is dead. Good.”
Julie Andrews initially refused the role of Mary Poppins because she was pregnant. Walt Disney, however, insisted that she played the nanny, saying, "We'll wait for you."
In 1970, when she was the highest paid woman on television with 42% of the viewing audience, Debbie Reynolds quit her show because NBC was running cigarette commercials during its airtime.
In 1906, Mary Astor planned the release of 10,000 imported Brazilian butterflies at her Debutante ball housed in nets lining the ceiling. They didn't take into account the heat of the lights, and her party ended with 10,000 dead insects showering her party guests.
After Hattie McDaniel became the first African-American to win an Academy Award for her role in "Gone with the Wind" she was accused of being an Uncle Tom by the NAACP to which she responded that she would "rather make seven hundred dollars a week playing a maid than seven dollars being one."
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.
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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.
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.
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!"