1. Fatty Arbuckle and death of Virginia Rappe
> Those involved: Fatty Arbuckle, Virginia Rappe
> Date: 1921
Silent film actor Fatty Arbuckle was accused of raping actress Virginia Rappe, who died a week later from ruptured bladder. He was charged with manslaughter and though eventually acquitted, his career was ruined.
2. Death of producer Thomas Ince
> Those involved: Thomas Ince, Willam Randolph Hearst, Charlie Chaplin
> Date: 1924
Thomas Ince was a guest on newspaper mogul William Randolph Hearst’s yacht, but he left supposedly due to a stomach ailment. He died one day later and was quickly cremated. Rumors swirled that Hearst found out his mistress was cheating on him with Charlie Chaplin and he intended to shoot Chaplin but hit Ince instead.
3. MGM hooked Judy Garland on drugs
> Those involved: Judy Garland
> Date: 1930s-1940s
MGM forced Judy Garland to take pills to stay awake, go to sleep, and maintain her weight. The ultimate result was drug addiction, numerous nervous breakdowns, and Garland’s eventual death by drug overdose at age 47.
4. False stories about actress Clara Bow
> Those involved: Clara Bow
> Date: 1931
Daisy De Voe — former secretary of silent film star Clara Bow — published numerous unsubstantiated scandalous stories about Bow. Though De Voe was eventually indicted for stealing from her former employer, the combination of studio pressure to resume work and the emotional stress from the stories lead to Bow’s retirement soon after De Voe’s trial.
5. Loretta Young adopts her own biological daughter
> Those involved: Actress Loretta Young
> Date: 1935
Actress Loretta Young became pregnant after an affair with Clark Gable, who was married at the time. Young hid in Europe during her pregnancy to protect her career, had the baby, and later “adopted” her when she was 19 months old. Young stuck with the cover story until she died and refused to speak to her daughter for three years after she revealed the truth in a 1994 memoir.
Sponsored: Tips for Investing
A financial advisor can help you understand the advantages and disadvantages of investment properties. Finding a qualified financial advisor doesn’t have to be hard. SmartAsset’s free tool matches you with up to three financial advisors who serve your area, and you can interview your advisor matches at no cost to decide which one is right for you. If you’re ready to find an advisor who can help you achieve your financial goals, get started now.
Investing in real estate can diversify your portfolio. But expanding your horizons may add additional costs. If you’re an investor looking to minimize expenses, consider checking out online brokerages. They often offer low investment fees, helping you maximize your profit.