In 1935, Loretta Young met Clarke Gable while filming "Call Of The Wild." The two had a short dalliance that ended in pregnancy. Young decided to keep the baby a secret and went off to Europe until the baby was born. When she returned to the US, she hid the pregnancy, claiming her daughter Judy had been adopted. It wasn't until 1958 when Young finally confessed to her daughter that she was, in fact, Gable's daughter.
Years later in 1997, after watching a Larry King Live episode on assault, the 85-year-old Young suddenly realized that her night spent with Gable had been more sinister than she first thought. In an interview with Buzzfeed News in 2015, her then daughter-in-law, Linda Lewis, revealed that after a lot of explanation by Young's biographer, Edward Funk, and then Lewis herself about what such an assault meant, Young revealed that this is what had happened between her and Gable all those years ago.
As a teen, Hedy Lamarr married Austrian munitions dealer Friedrich Mandl. The pro-fascism Mandl threw big parties that saw guests such as Italian dictator Benito Mussolini and German dictator Adolf Hitler. It is alleged that during this time, the overbearing and controlling Mandl forced Lamarr to sleep with the besotted Hitler to help his business. Lamarr was Jewish (her real name being Hedwig Kiesler), but Hitler is said to have overlooked that because of the star's beauty. Hitler supposedly even gifted Lamar with a cigarette case with a diamond swastika on it.
Cary Grant is history's idea of the ideal man. He was handsome, charming, and sophisticated. In the golden age of Hollywood, Grant was at the top. Of course with success comes the rumor mill. For twelve years on-and-off, Grant lived with fellow actor Randolph Scott in a Santa Monica Beach House. Friends of the twosome have spoken about the couple's relationship, saying how devoted the two were to each other. It is also said that the studios pushed Grant into marrying. The press constantly wrote about Grant's many women, even dubbing the beach house the men shared as "Bachelor Hall". Both men did marry several times, but the marriages never worked out.
Joan Crawford has had her fair share of bad press, whether it be her allegedly horrible parenting skills detailed in her adopted daughter Christina's memoirs, 'Mommie Dearest', or her intimate relationships that supposedly got her to the top. One rumor, in particular, was that before making it big, Crawford starred in a soft-core adult film entitled 'The Casting Couch'. The legend says that MGM was blackmailed into purchasing the film rights for $100,000 dollars. The only existing copy of the film was then destroyed.
Hollywood siblings Olivia de Havilland and Joan Fontaine were both Oscar-winning stars, who both enjoyed lengthy careers. Unfortunately, the two had an alleged feud that only grew stronger throughout the years. The rivalry began before they even reached Hollywood. As children, de Havilland was said to have been jealous of the attention her sister was getting from her parents. The fighting between sisters is said to have continued up into adulthood. They stopped talking to each other completely until Fontaine's death at 96 in 2013.
Actress Clara Bow's story was a rare Hollywood tale. She gained fame in the 1920s during the silent film era and then successfully transitioned into the talkies. During her time in the limelight though, the "It" girl was constantly the focus of many salacious rumors. The most popular ones that have stuck around today are the legends of her many conquests. Gossipers of the time said that she would find pleasure with married men, women, and even animals. She was also rumored to engage in group relations including one involving the entire USC football team.
In 1921, actor Roscoe Conkling, also known as Fatty Arbuckle, found himself in the middle of a murder trial. After a party in his hotel room left one woman dead, Arbuckle was put on trial for murder. He had met actress Virginia Rappe at the party held at the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco that he had been staying at. The two had allegedly gone into his room and when someone heard a scream, partygoers rushed in to find her dead.
The cause of death was ruled as a ruptured spleen. Thanks to malicious testimony from Rappe's acquaintance and party companion Maude Delmont that painted Arbuckle as a nasty person who took the situation too far, rumors spread that Arbuckle's weight had crushed the girl's spleen while they were in bed. Arbuckle countered the story with his version where after some drinks, Rappe had become "hysterical" and "complained she could not breathe and then started to tear off her clothes." He insisted that he had never been alone with her and he had witnesses to prove it. He found her throwing up in his room and along with other guests, moved her to another room where she could rest.
After a long and messy trial, Arbuckle was acquited and released.
It is alleged that James Dean was not just a cool, mysterious man, but that he was also filthy. Stories have floated around about Dean's sloppy, dirty appearance. It is said that at one fancy luncheon he showed up in dirty jeans with no shoes on his feet.
Also, although he has been noted to have had a few romantic relationships with women, rumors of his sexuality go back and forth from him being bisexual to homosexual. One rumor even stated that he lost his virginity to a local minister who had seduced him.
In 1981, actress Natalie Wood was found dead after spending the weekend with her husband Robert Wagner and co-star Christopher Walken at sea on the yacht she owned with Wagner. The death was ruled a drowning accident after Wood had gone missing on an 11-foot rubber dingy. However, rumors rampaged and still do. Many believe that Wagner had a part in her death. Some stories paint a picture of a jealous Wagner having something to do with his wife's disappearance after they had spent the night fighting. Speculation around her cause of death even resulted in her case being reopened in 2011.
Actress Tallulah Bankhead did not shy from controversy. Among the many rumors that surrounded her life were that she never wore underwear and she had had affairs with many women. Bankhead would never admit to being bisexual. Some of the women she has been said to have been with were Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, Katherine Cornell, Eva Le Gallienne, Hope Williams, Beatrice Lillie, Alla Nazimova and Billie Holiday.
Actor/director Charles Laughton was not only known for his versatile acting ability, but for his unique tastes in the bedroom. It is said that he allegedly enjoyed feces in a more intimate way than most. One story that friend Scotty Bowers tells is the time Laughton supposedly invited him over and requested that he bring a "hot, young male guest". When they arrived, Laughton made a sandwich. After, he took the sandwich and a pot into the washroom, asking the young man to follow him. When the two returned, Laughton had added a unique spread to his sandwich.
Vivien Leigh and Sir Laurence Olivier's marriage was legendarily passionate. Letters released in 2013 to the Victoria and Albert Museum hold plenty of examples of how intense their relationship had been. However, Leigh's needs in the bedroom were allegedly so obsessive and demanding that Olivier is said to have complained to a friend that it had become 'burdensome'.
Actor Errol Flynn's reputation is infamous. After his death, many books have been written accusing the actor of things such as being a Nazi sympathizer and being a closeted homosexual. in 1958 he was tried for statutory assault when two underage girls came forward accusing him of having assaulted them. He was acquitted, but his taste for young women was a rumor that lived on throughout history. in 1962, Florence Aadland and Tedd Thomey wrote the book, 'The Big Love' which depicted an affair Flynn is said to have had with the Aadland's 15-year-old daughter Beverly Aadland.
When it came time for Clark Gable to meet the director of "Gone With The Wind" George Cukor, he was upset with the choice the studio made. Cukor was known for being a "women's director" as well as being homosexual. Gable disliked him immediately, claiming they needed a "man's Director". Cukor was soon fired from the film. Cukor believed that Gable wanted him gone for another reason, however. Cukor knew a secret about Gable's past. Allegedly, Gable began his career as a "Rent Boy", having intimately serviced many men including silent movie actor William Haines in 1925 who was close friends with Cukor.
"The Great Lover" actor Rudolph Valentino was a heartthrob of the 20s. He had a unique personal style, and it was this uniqueness that caused the rumors to fly. Many people questioned his sexuality after his first wife turned out to be a lesbian and his second wife was rumored to be one as well. People thought perhaps he married these women on purpose so he wouldn't have to consummate the marriage. The rumors were false, but the actor worried about the allegations up until his death in 1926.
Elizabeth Taylor and Frank Sinatra are titans of Hollywood. According to the biography, 'His Way: The Unauthorized Biography of Frank Sinatra', Elizabeth Taylor and Frank Sinatra had an affair while Taylor was married to Michael Wilding. This ultimately resulted in pregnancy. Taylor supposedly wanted to keep the baby, but Sinatra demanded and arranged for an abortion.
Rumors about 30s bombshell Jean Harlow were abundant. Like most Hollywood starlets, everything she did or didn't do was scrutinized by everyone. Things came to a crescendo on September 5th, 1932 when her husband Paul Berns was found dead of a gunshot wound to the head. The coroner ruled it a suicide, but that didn't stop tongues from wagging. It was alleged that a woman was seen driving away from the house at the time of Bern's death. This, in turn, left people believing that perhaps it was a murder made to look like a suicide covered up by MGM studios to avoid scandal for their leading lady Harlow.
Before Ronald Reagan became President Of The United States, he enjoyed a successful career as a leading man in Hollywood. One lesser known rumor that followed Reagan was his penchant for younger girls. Piper Laurie, his co-star in the 1950 drama "Louisa", claimed that Reagan took her virginity when she was 18 and he was 35.
He also supposedly went to bed with a 15-year-old Elizabeth Taylor when he was 36.
Many rumors have been spread about almost every aspect of Marilyn Monroe's life. A surprising one was born on the set of one of her biggest films, "Some Like It Hot". It is alleged that after the film finished, costar Tony Curtis allegedly said that kissing Monroe was "like kissing Hitler." Monroe and Curtis had had a short relationship earlier on in their careers, but by this time, the two had become big stars and Monroe had developed the legendary habits that drove her castmates crazy. Her tardiness and her lack of preparation for scenes might be what led to Curtis' jab.
Everyone knows the legendary, passionate marriage between Paul Newman and his wife Joanne Woodward that lasted 50 years before Newman's death in 2008. However, few know of his alleged affairs with some of Hollywood's biggest leading men and women.
According to a biography released in 2009 entitled 'Paul Newman, The Man Behind the Baby Blues: His Secret Life Exposed', Newman allegedly had affairs with actors Robert Stack, Montgomery Clift, Jack Lord, Steve McQueen, James Dean, Tony Perkins, Sal Mineo, Brandon de Wilde, John Derek, and Marlon Brando. His adventures didn't stop there, though. On top of his many men, Newman supposedly had relationships with box office bombshells like Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Vivian Leigh, Judy Garland, Peggy Lee, Susan Hayward, Lana Turner, Natalie Wood, and Tallulah Bankhead.