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Louis ArmstrongLouis Armstrong attributes his start in a musical career after being sent to the New Orleans Waif's Home for Boys for firing his father's .38 pistol. There his music teacher took an interest in him and he began his love for music.

Unusual deaths have plagued the cast of the Poltergeist trilogy of films including 12-year-old actress Heather O'Rourke, who died of septic shock. The theory is that the set was cursed by evil.

Warren Beatty and Shirley McLaine are brother and sister.

Walt Disney was afraid of mice.

Lucille BallLucille Ball, the long running star of the popular television show, I Love Lucy, wasn't a natural redhead. Originally she was a brunette.

Jimmy Carter was the first U.S. president to have been born in a hospital.

Back in 1956 recording artist Johnny Mathis was forced to make the decision between trying out for the United States Olympic track team or recording his first album for Columbia Records.  Obviously, he chose the recording and went on to become the eighth biggest selling album artist of all time. 

Actress Cheryl Ladd started her career as the singing voice of the character Melody on the 1970's cartoon Josie and the Pussycats.


James Buchanan was the only bachelor president.


George Clooney owns a pet pig named Max.


Matthew McConaughey sometimes has to stop eating because he claims to get too sexually aroused by the food.  He says:  "I think food is really sexy."




Fatty Arbuckle in 1919Fatty Arbuckle, popular silent film comedian was charged with the rape and murder of the beautiful, but promiscuous, actress Virginia Rappe. It took three different trials to sort out what really happened at the wild party at San Francisco's St. Francis Hotel.  Though he was finally acquitted of the crime, his career never recovered from the scandal.

Vivien Leigh reportedly did not like kissing Clark Gable because she said that he had excessively bad breath.

MickyMouseWalt Disney named Micky Mouse after Mickey Rooney, whose mother he dated for a while.

Paul Newmanís first acting job was an appearance on the Television show, The Aldrich Family. Immediately afterwards, he quit the Yale Drama School and landed appearances on numerous television shows.

Even though they broke up 25 years ago, the Beatles continue to sell more records each year than the Rolling Stones.

Julia Roberts is the highest paid actress in film history.

Actress Lisa Kudrow is a pool shark.

Janis JoplinJanis Joplin's will called for a party for 200 people at her favorite pub in San Alselmo, California at a cost of $2,500.00.

George Clooney says he will never get married, nor have any children.

Robert Evans and Jerry Lee Lewis top to the list of male celebrities having had the most wives.  Both have had six.

Dr. Seuss pronounced his name so it rhymed with "rejoice"

Tom Hanks collects 1940ís typewriters.

David Letterman worked at a local grocery store during his teenage years.

Jennifer Lopez started taking singing and dancing lessons at age 5.

Abraham Lincoln went to school for less than a year. He taught himself to read and write.

Jamie Farr, who played Klinger on M*A*S*H was the only member of the cast that was a soldier in the Korean War.

Actress Cameron Diazís childhood nickname was Skeletor, as she has always been skinny.

Tom Cruise once enrolled in a seminary to become a priest but dropped out after only one year.

Mrs MiniverThe longest Oscar acceptance speech was made by Greer Garson for 1924's Mrs. Miniver. It took an hour.

Time Magazine's "Man of the Year" for 1938 was Adolf Hitler.

John F. Kennedy had a sister, Rosemary, who was mentally retarded. She had a lobotomy, an accepted practice at one time.  She died in January, 2005 at the age of 86.

The Mills Brothers have recorded the most songs of any artist: about 2,250.

Nicole Kidman is scared of butterflies.

Actor, Randy Quaid was once a regular on the popular television show Saturday Night Live.  Starting in show business as the straight man in comedy teams, he often impersonated President Ronald Reagan in the show in the mid 1980ís.

Queen ElizabethQueen Elizabeth II unveiled a statue of a dung beetle at the London Zoo, but declined to attend the dedication of a children's playground and walkway dedicated to Diana, Princess of Wales

Italian producer Carlo Ponti meet Sophia Loren when he was a judge in a beauty contest.  Loren was only 15 years old.  She starred in one of his films five years later and they married in 1957 when Sophia was 23.

At age 16 at the 1984 Olympics, was Cuba Gooding Jr.'s first professional job was as a break-dancer for Lionel Richie.

Before her success as a comedienne, Ellen DeGeneres consider becoming a professional golfer.

Ronald Reagan appeared in 60 films from the 1930's to the 1960's.



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Ronald Regan during his Hollywood days.

Ronald Regan during his Hollywood days.


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