11-23-2013 Odd Celebrity Facts   Leave a comment

If you’ve read this blog regularly you know I never miss an opportunity to ridicule and tweak the noses of celebrities and the people who worship the ground they walk on. In my travels on the Internet and while perusing through my collection of books I’ve compiled a few tidbits of information on some of our more famous celebrities to help expel some of the mysteries they spend years wrapping themselves in. They’re just folks like everyone else no matter how hard they try not to be.

  • Actor James Earl Jones, the  voice of Darth Vader in Star Wars, stuttered so badly as a child and he had to communicate by writing notes.
  • Japanese American actor Pat Morita, star of the Karate Kid and Happy Days, suffered from spinal tuberculosis as a child and spent nine years confined to bed.
  • Actor Walter Brennan (1894 – 1974) started his career in Hollywood by doing a voiceover for a donkey.
  • Television star Vanna White of the show Wheel of Fortune claps an average of 720 times per show. And she has walked more than 443 miles on the show since 1982.
  • During most of the time that actor Raymond Burr played Perry Mason, he never owned a television set.
  • Spencer Tracy’s 1937 Oscar for Best Actor was mistakenly engraved with the name “Dick Tracy”.
  • Hollywood actress Ava Gardner left a trust fund of several million dollars, her mansion, and a personal maid to her dog, Morgan.
  • Tarzan star Johnny Weissmuller had a contract that stipulated he had to weigh 190 pounds or less, and for every pound over 190 he was docked $5000 – up to $50,000 a day.
  • At the age of 82, actor Kirk Douglas made his 82nd film.
  • Horror film star Bela Lugosi was buried in his favorite Dracula cape.
  • American actress Joan Crawford had a contract with MGM Studios that stipulated the time she had to be in bed each night.
  • Actor James Dean was still receiving fan mail two years after his death.

I could list another hundred snippets on more recent celebrities with even weirder things but with the social networks these days you already know most of that gossip.  I’ll save a few of those for another day.   I can only hope that all of you celebrity worshipers out there are able to maintain some sort of normal perspective when dealing with them.  I’m just kidding myself but I  can still hope.

I’m adding this photo for my own sake.  While I’m not a celebrity chaser I might be convinced to chase this one.

OMG!!!

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