Jimmy Stewart was a closeted poet. The actor was known for his likable personality, patriotism, and of course, his acting talent. But later on in his career, Jimmy Stewart revealed an interesting aspect of his private life.
Stewart was a poet and had written a small collection of poetry called “Jimmy Stewart and His Poems.” He revealed one of his writings on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson about his dog Beau, which made Carson tear up with emotion. His favorite poet was apparently Edgar Allen Poe.
Cary Grant Could Get Trippy
Cary Grant used some illegal substances. Despite his abundant handsomeness, charm, and suave persona, Cary Grant did not like the celebrity life and was looking for an easy escape. Grant eventually stumbled upon recreational substances.
These habits offered him temporary relief from the burdens of stardom. It was thought that he consumed these substances around a hundred times throughout his life.
Becoming Cary Grant
This rarity of Grant’s intimate life eventually spawned the documentary "Becoming Cary Grant" in 2017. The quintessential Hollywood leading man was a real mystery by all accounts.
Grant was a private man and not one for interviews, but with the "help" of these substances, he started opening up about his internal world.
Hedy Lamarr Was an Inventor
Hedy Lamarr was super smart. Yet another actress who was unfortunately limited by societal standards, Hedy Lamarr, did not receive credit for her remarkable intelligence until later in life. The actress had a mind for engineering and was even partially responsible for inventing the fundamental structure for WiFi.
She partnered with George Antheil in developing the structure, but Lamarr herself was shafted by the National Inventors Council. Pitifully, she was more or less told to remain a beautiful face on-screen and not an inventor. It was not until 2014 (long after her death) that Hedy Lamarr was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
Clark Gable was a clean freak. In stark contrast to James Dean, Clark Gable was very, very into good hygiene. The dashing actor and serial, leading man were known to shower around several times a day and did not believe in taking baths.
He found the thought of soaking in stagnant water utterly repulsive. The actor also changed his sheets every single day.