In 1915 a raisin company executive spotted a teenage girl drying her curly brown hair and wearing her mother’s red bonnet and hired her for a stunt promotion that had her dropping raisins from an airplane. Soon she became the company’s first mascot called, “Sun Maid.” Backed by an aggressive marketing push throughout the 20s, Sun-Maid managed to triple American consumption of raisins by the end of the decade.
Judy Garland was put on a diet while filming The Wizard of Oz. That diet, consisted of chicken soup, coffee, and … 80 cigarettes a day. She was 16 years old.
Butterfly McQueen, one of the stars of “Gone with the Wind,” was unable to attend the film’s premiere because it was held in a whites-only theater.
While playing Queen Elizabeth in a stage play, Helen Mirren stayed in character after the show to fulfill a 10 year old boy’s dying wish to meet the Queen. They had tea together, and he thought he was with Her Majesty the entire time.
In 2008, Lindsay Lohan tied with Lindsay Lohan for the worst actress Razzie award for both her roles in the movie “I Know Who Killed Me.”
Actress Greta Garbo worked as a spy for the Allies during World War II and made plans to assassinate Adolf Hitler. The plan fell through only when the Swedish government prevented her from traveling to Germany.