Bette Davis was a smoke show. Yes, she was beautiful, but Bette Davis liked to smoke…a lot. Even after a lot of different medical problems she had, she still loved to light up.
Until the day she died, Davis smoked around 100 cigarettes a day. It’s amazing considering her chain-smoking that she lived to the age of 81.
Gene Kelly Made it Rain...Tears
Gene Kelly was a tyrant. The twinkling-eyed, beaming smile actor and dancer weren’t always so charming. Kelly was a dedicated actor and dancer who took rehearsals very, very seriously. "Singing in the Rain," co-star Debbie Reynolds said he never offered encouragement, only criticism.
His co-star for “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” Esther Williams (who was a tall woman), said that he would make her slouch so Kelly would not appear so short next to her. A number of people who worked with him would praise his talent as a performer, but when it came to his working relationships, Kelly’s behavior ruined the experience for those involved.
Walter "Joe" Pidgeon
Walter Pidgeon could not remember names. The classic film star had trouble remembering names even of people he saw or worked with frequently. He notoriously would call anyone whose name he could not remember “Joe.”
It became so bad that, in jest, the cast and crew gifted him with a chair “Joe Pidgeon.”
Joan Crawford Adopted Her Kids "Under the Table"
Joan Crawford adopted her kids through shady means. When the “Mommie Dearest” actress decided to become a mother in real life, she chose adoption. Though adoption is wonderful, it was illegal to adopt as a single parent in California at the time.
Crawford selected child “brokers” who helped her adopt two of her three children. Her daughter’s adoption was finalized in New York and Nevada to circumvent Californian laws.
Rita Hayworth Struggled With Parenting
Rita Hayworth was known for her incredible beauty and captivating on-screen presence, but she had a rough upbringing. This sad beginning, accompanied by bad romantic relationships, affected the parenting of her two daughters.
At one point, she left her daughters with a babysitter and took off on vacation. She was even charged with child neglect after a neighbor noticed her girls playing in the trash.