We all knew and loved Betty White. By the time of her death in 2021, she was an icon with fans of all ages. But how did she reach that status?
Well, she has had the longest TV career for an entertainer, in like, ever! She even won a Guinness world record in 2014. The record was for being in show business for over 70 years. Only one other person but Betty received such an honor — Bruce Forsyth, who was a British TV host.
Ingrid Bergman Did the Same Movie Twice!
Swedish beauty Ingrid Bergman had a peculiar experience with the film "Intermezzo." She first starred in the Swedish version of the film in 1936 as a piano teacher who ends up coming between a violin player and his wife.
After the movie's success, an American version was produced, starring none other than Ingrid Bergman in the exact same role. It might sound boring to be in the same movie twice, but the 1939 Hollywood version kickstarted her career in America.
Betty White's Dream Job
Many times actors are asked in interviews what kind of profession they would pressure if they weren't actors. When Betty was asked that question, she had an unusual answer. White is known to be an animal enthusiast, which is why she said she would have been happy as a zookeeper.
As an actress, she used her fame to help animals, donating and raising money for both farm animals and wild ones.
Marlene Dietrich's Bacillophobia
The actress was an absolute germaphobe. The sultry, German-born actress suffered from bacillophobia (fear of germs). Dietrich combined her bacillophobia with being a neat freak as well and reportedly kept her mansion extremely clean.
In Hollywood, she was even given the nickname “Queen of Ajax” after the disinfecting product.
Laurence Olivier was a Failed Fighter Pilot
The accomplished actor once endeavored to be a fighter pilot during World War II. But this was one arena where Olivier was not born to shine. He is rumored to have destroyed about five planes during his training.
It was then recommended to Olivier that he focus on acting instead. It was actually a bit amusing when he was later cast as a pilot in the film Battle of Britain.