Before her tragic death, Monroe had accumulated 400 books. The beautiful bookworm liked novels such as: “Ulysses,” “A Streetcar Named Desire,” and the children’s book “The Little Engine That Could.”
She also took literature classes and had personal writings, which have been praised by critics. It’s a true shame that the talented actress didn’t live to see a fruitful literary career.
Charlie Chaplin and the Tramp
Charlie Chaplin had a freaky alter ego. Chaplin became iconic in cinema for his comedic characters. But underneath it all, there were deeper issues in Chaplin’s life. The Tramp, Chaplin’s most famous character, was a comical yet extremely tragic character who would often wind up in some unfortunate situations.
The character is so synonymous with Chaplin that it's hard to think it came from anywhere else. But the real origins of that character actually came from his father.
Marilyn Monroe the Nerd
Marilyn Monroe was a bookworm. She seemed like nothing more than a pin-up girl, but there was much more beneath her classic beauty. She married playwright Arthur Miller in 1956, and it was thought that Miller had married beneath his intellectual level.
"Variety" magazine plastered the marriage with the headline, “Egghead Weds Hourglass.” On the contrary, Monroe was intelligent and well-read and was even told to stop reading more “radical” books when she was on set.
Alec Guinness Was Embarrassed Over "Star Wars"
The highly acclaimed stage actor Alec Guinness reached new heights of Hollywood success when he landed the iconic role of Obi-Wan Kenobi, and while many considered him lucky, he was rather disappointed by the whole thing.
The actor couldn’t stand "Star Wars." Though he became the revered Obi-Wan Kenobi and gained fans worldwide, Alec Guinness felt the whole film to be far beneath him.
No Fan Mail Please
Additionally, Guinness did not hide his hatred of the film. He reportedly would send back fan mail and begged George Lucas to allow him to leave the film. Unfortunately (or fortunately for the rest of us) for the huge stars, efforts were futile.
His abhorrence for "Star Wars" was so strong that, according to one of his autobiographies, he made a childhood promise to never watch the film again. We hope we haven't angered too many "Star Wars."