* Dustin Hoffman. Sacked from Ridley’s restaurant as a young man, for devouring six steaks in succession from the restaurant’s kitchen.
* Madonna. Fired from Dunkin’ Donuts for squirting jam at a customer.
* Peter Finch. Fired from a journalistic post after spilling a pitcher of water over an editor’s head. (I guess he was as mad as *@#$, and he wasn’t going to take it any more!)
* Jerry Lewis. Let go from a soda-fountain job after serving a banana split with the peel still on the banana. He had been on the job an hour before this oversight. (probably inspired his characters)
New York City’s water-flow rate jumped by 300 million gallons just after the show ended. An unheard-of number of people had been holding trips to the bathroom until the credits rolled. M*A*S*H remains a superstar of reruns!
In front of a live audience, Lucy did her famous VITAMEATAVEGAMIN lengthy scene in one take! Ball wandered off course only once, but knew the material so well she was able to ad-lib, making it even funnier, then found her way back into the script.
* The only reason Lucy created the show was so that she & Desi could mend their faltering marriage.
* The only reason that Lucy became pregnant on the show was because she was pregnant in real life. The network insisted the word ‘expecting’ be used instead of ‘pregnant’, on air.
* The network initially rejected Lucille Ball’s request for her real husband to play Ricky. Who would believe it? She threatened to move to another network, so they agreed, finally.
* ‘I Love Lucy’ was the first TV series ever filmed and subsequently aired at a later date.
* During the life of the show, the only show that ever had higher ratings was ‘The 64,000 Question”.
* Desi Arnaz was the son of a Cuban senator and a beautiful model. He was born to great wealth, but forced to leave his homeland at the age of 16 during the Batista revolution.
* Lucille Ball dropped out of high school when she was fifteen to pursue acting.
* William Frawley (Fred Mertz) had to sign a contract saying that he would never show up to the set drunk, as he had a reputation for heavy drinking.
* Vivian Vance (Ethel Mertz) hated that her character was married to a much older man.
* On October 4, 1957, ‘Leave it to Beaver’ premiered. The first episode was delayed by network censors because it showed a toilet bowl. The network finally agreed to air it!
* Originally entitled ‘Wally and Beaver’, it was the first sitcom to center around the children rather than the parents.
* June Cleaver (Barbara Billingsley) wore a pearl necklace in every episode because her neck was extremely thin.
* Jerry Mathers (the Beaver) was cast as the Beaver when he was eight. (He was a pin-up boy by the time he was two, appearing in a department store calendar. And by the time he was four he appeared in an Alfred Hitchcock movie.
* Tony Dow (Wally) was cast in his role accidentally. He accompanied a friend to the audition, but the producers preferred Tony.
* Ken Osmond (Eddie Haskel) was Wally’s friend. He later joined the LAPD, and in 1970 was decorated for his valor.
* Famous lines from the show:
‘Gee, Wally’, ‘Boy Beave, are you gonna get it’, and ‘Ward, I’m very worried about the Beaver.’
* Batman was the first comic book superhero show to be broadcast during prime time in the 60s.
* This show featured famous guest stars such as John Astin, Julie Newmar,Frank Gorshin, Cesar Romero, Vincent Price, Milton Berle, Cliff Robertson, and Liberace!
* The Batmobile was a modified Lincoln Continental, costing $30,000 for modification.
* The Batcave set cost over $800,000.
* Frank Gorshin was the only member of the cast to receive an Emmy nomination for his performance of the Riddler.
Michael Caine is one of the two actors nominated for an Academy Award for acting in every decade from the 1960s to 2000s. Whose the other actor? Jack Nicholson.
Many cities have been zapped for fun. ‘Greater Cleveland’ is on oxymoron. ‘I went to Philadelphia, but it was closed.’ ‘New York is a nice place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there.’ In the 1930’s and 40’s, ‘Brooklyn’ ignited laughter, and Mel Blanc’s railroad announcer intoning, ‘Anaheim, Azusa, and Cucamonga!’ always brought down the house on Jack Benny’s comedy radio show. But no city surpasses Hollywood (and by extension Southern California), as a target of ridicule.
The Shining (1979)
Stanley Kubrick shot one scene with Shelly Duvall 127 times.
The Blue Angle (1930)
Josef von Sternburg shot Marlene Dietrich singing, ‘Falling in Love Again’ 236 times because she couldn’t pronounce the word ‘moths’ to his satisfaction. (The way she said it, it sounded like ‘moss’).
The Scarlet Letter (1995)
Demi Moore ordered a scene to be reshot at a cost of $100,000 because she didn’t like the way her hair looked in it.
Dr. Strangelove (1964)
Sterling Hayden fluffed a take for one scene forty-seven times.
City Lights (1931)
Charlie Chaplin ordered a record 342 retakes of the scene where a blind girl sells him a flower, imagining that he is a rich tycoon.
Desire Me (1947)
Robert Mitchum said after making this, ‘I stopped believing in movies after it took Greer Garson 125 takes to say ‘No.”
1) Jackson ~ Claustrophobia
2) Joan Collins ~ Afraid of the dark
3) Madonna ~ Terrified of Thunder
4) Howard Hughes ~ Had a pathological terror of any form of germs
5) Marilyn Monroe ~ Suffered both from a fear of open spaces and also an apparently contradictory sensation that the world was closing in on her
6) Natalie Wood ~ Had a lifelong fear of water, which was justified in the end; she drowned
7) Whoppi Goldberg ~ Hates flying
8) Marlene Dietrich ~ Like Howard Hughes, she suffered from bacilophobia, the fear of germs
9) Katharine Hepburn ~ Had such a phobia about dirty hair that she used to go around movie sets sniffing people’s heads
10) Joan Crawford ~ Was so obsessed with hygiene that she used to follow guests around her house wiping everything they touched~especially doorknobs