Anecdotes: Actors & Entertainers

Interesting, amusing, or biographical incidents about actors and entertainers.
Fred Astaire

Attracted by Hollywood as a young dancer,...

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P.T. Barnum

Barnum’s business instincts did not desert him...

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Sarah Bernhardt

An admirer of a certain young English...

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Junius Brutus Booth

“You’re such a wonderful actor, Mr. Booth,”...

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James Cagney

James Cagney’s wife often commented on her...

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Mrs. Patrick Campbell

Mrs. Campbell once attempted to smuggle her...

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Charlie Chaplin

The playwright Charles MacArthur had been...

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George M. Cohan

Cohan auditioned an actor for a role and...

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Bette Davis

Jack Warner, the movie producer and co-founder...

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Cecil B. DeMille

When told that investors were becoming “...

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Douglas Fairbanks Sr.

As he was driving back to his mansion,...

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Henry Fonda

Henry Fonda was asked to say in one phrase the...

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Zsa Zsa Gabor

Miss Gabor once appeared on a television...

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Greta Garbo

David Niven speaks of a conversation with...

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Cary Grant

After watching Cary on a television broadcast...

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Sir Alec Guinness

He was seldom recognized in public. In one of...

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Helen Hayes

As she retired to the kitchen to put the...

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Alfred Hitchcock

At a French airport one day, the customs...

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John Huston

The word came by phone when he was in the...

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Joseph Jefferson

“I was coming down the elevator of the Stock...

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Wilfrid Lawson

Lunching in a pub before a matinee performance...

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Herbert Marshall

Marshall served in the British merchant marine...

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Marcello Mastroianni

Film producer Joseph Levine once presented...

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Paul Meurisse

Meurisse, renowned for his taciturnity, once...

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Robert Mitchum

In 1970, when Mitchum and his wife had been...

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Robert Morley

Morley once met an old friend, fellow actor...

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Gregory Peck

Entering a crowded restaurant with a companion...

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George Raft

George Raft acquired and disposed of about ten...

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Peter Sellers

Blake Edwards, who directed Sellers in the...

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Dame Sybil Thorndike

Sybil Thorndike was married to Sir Lewis...

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Clifton Webb

Actor Clifton Webb was devoted to his mother,...

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Michael Wilding

Wilding was once asked whether actors had any...

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