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Classic Film Stars Who Were Actually Really Weird People

"Old Hollywood" is a synonym for class, sophistication, and images of matinee idols chastely stealing kisses on the silver screen. That's sure not how it felt at the time. Behind the glitz and glamour, Golden Age Tinseltown was a seething mass of wailing drunks, drug-addicted loonies, overwhelming egomaniacs, and straight-up nutjobs. Think modern weirdos such as Gary Busey have a monopoly on the job of "genuinely crazy actor"? Think again.

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    Classic Film Stars Who Were Actually Really Eccentric People

    Classic Film Stars Who Were Actually Really Eccentric People

    "Old Hollywood" is a synonym for class, sophistication, and images of matinee idols chastely stealing kisses on the silver screen. That's sure not how it felt at the time. Behind the glitz and glamour, Golden Age Tinseltown was a seething mass of wailing drunks, drug-addicted loonies, overwhelming egomaniacs, and straight-up nutjobs. Think modern weirdos such as Gary Busey have a monopoly on the job of "genuinely crazy actor"? Think again.

    Famous Hollywood Stories That Never Actually Happened

    Famous Hollywood Stories That Never Actually Happened

    Good Hollywood scandals never die, even the ones that aren't true. There's just something about death, depravity, and denial that makes us willing to believe almost about anything we read. But for all the strange-but-true Hollywood stories you hear, there are almost as many that are either embellished beyond recognition or just completely made up. They persist because they're too good not to believe. Here are a few of the most popular untrue Hollywood tales that just won't die.

    Scandalous Stories From Old Hollywood

    Scandalous Stories From Old Hollywood

    There's a certain undeniable elegance about old movies. We like to think that it was a better, more honorable time, where the men were gentlemen and the women were ladies. Chivalry still existed, and so did romance. That might be true onscreen, but behind the scenes, Hollywood players were just as screwed up then as they are today. Sometimes, they made the juiciest of today's gossip look like it was written by a devout Christian doing his best to be edgy ... and failing miserably.

    Old Hollywood Stars Who Died Before Becoming Legends

    Old Hollywood Stars Who Died Before Becoming Legends

    It's a tough gig becoming an acting legend. First you've gotta have basic acting talent, then you've gotta nurture that talent for years and years until you finally get your big break and become a star ... at which point you've gotta keep on acting for years more just to make sure the world doesn't forget who you are (see: Steve Guttenberg). And that's in our interconnected modern world, with social media and studios that don't effectively own your whole life while you're under contract. Just imagine what it must have been like in Old Hollywood. There's a reason guys like Jimmy Stewart only became icons after amassing a filmography longer than most Russian novels.

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