Monday, January 08, 2007

Useless Facts

Weird" Al Yankovic received a Bachelor's degree in Architecture in 1981. He also served as valedictorian of his high school at age 16.

In October, 1959 Elizabeth Taylor became the first Hollywood star to receive $1 million for a single picture - for Cleopatra.

The Beach Boys waited 22 years to score their first chart-toping single.

Between 1931 and 1969 Walt Disney collected thirty-five Oscars.

Ben Stiller was considered for the role of "Willy Wonka" in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Warren Beatty and Shirley McLaine are brother and sister.

Jon Heder speaks fluent Japanese

Nicolas Cage is the nephew of Francis Ford Coppola and got Johnny Depp his first acting job

John Travolta was considered for the role of Jim Morrison in The Doors (1991). The part went to Val Kilmer instead.

Denzel Washington is the first African-American actor to receive two Academy Awards

Dakota Fanning is taller than Shakira

Dakota Fanning is the youngest member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences

Tom Cruise is related to President George Washington;

George Washington had very poor spelling and grammar skills

Tom Cruise suffers from dyslexia.

Morgan Freeman speaks fluent French

Vince Vaughn is of Lebanese, Italian, Irish, English and German ancestry.

Fearing blemishes, Marilyn Monroe washed her face fifteen times a day.

Edward Norton’s dad was the attorney for President Jimmy Carter

Jack Nicholson has been nominated for an acting Oscar in five different decades (1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and 2000s).

The man who tried to assassinate Ronald Reagan (shot and survived), did it to impress Jodie Foster, - the man was a big fan of the movie Taxi Driver

Robert Deniro was good friends with comedian John Belushi, who died of a drug overdose in 1982. He visited Belushi's apartment at 3:00 on the morning of his death but, according to eyewitnesses, left minutes later after seeing that Belushi was ill. Belushi had also been visited by Robin Williams less than an hour earlier, who also left straight away.

Robert Deniro accidentally broke Joe Pesci rib in a sparring scene in Raging Bull (1980). This shot appears in the film: De Niro hits Pesci in the side, Pesci groans, and there is a quick cut to another angle.

In a "Playboy magazine interview, Al Pacino claimed that he was fired from his job as a movie theater usher while walking down the staircase and admiring himself in the mirrored wall.

Bill O’Reilly used to be a high school teacher

Whoopi Goldberg is one of only four actresses who won the quadruple crown of acting: The Oscar, Tony, Emmy and Grammy.

Marlon Brando asked The Godfather (1972) co-star James Caan what he would want if his wishes came true. When Caan answered that he'd like to be in love, Brando answered, "Me too. But don't tell my wife."

Will Smith has been at his adult height of 6' 2" since he was 13, although he is now about 60 pounds heavier than he first was when he reached this height.

Under Clint Eastwoods direction in 2003 and 2004 respectively, Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman both won Best Supporting Actor Oscars. They were both first time winners, and had previously starred alongside each other in The Shawshank Redemption (1994).

Hilary Swank replaced Sandra Bullock as "Maggie Fitzgerald" in Million Dollar Baby (2004) after Bullock dropped out for other commitments. Annette Benning probably would have won the oscar that year if Sandra had stayed .

Mel Gibson was roommates with Geoffrey Rush in college

Mel Gibson has bipolar disorder

Billy Bush (of Access Hollywood fame) is George W. Bush’s cousin

George Bush - 9th cousin twice removed of John Kerry, his rival in the 2004 election. Both are descended from Edmund Reade .

George Bush’s favorite actors are Chuck Norris and Sylvester Stallone. Both attended his first inauguration in 2001. Sylvester also has the same birthday.

George Bush was a cheerleader at Phillips Andover

George Bush calls all regular White House strategy meetings "strategery" meetings in honor of Will Ferrell's portrayal of him on _"Saturday Night Live".


At 4:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This was a fun read! Thanks.
Love, Fi

At 4:09 PM, Blogger Gina said...

Glad I could entertain you with some useless facts:)


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