There are a lot of myths floating around Hollywood. Some of them pertain to the way that movies are made. Other myths are related to some of the things you see in movies and actually believed were true. And, of course, there are myths that feature celebrities that some people just can’t seem to let go of. Some of these sensational stories seem pretty believable, while others are so outrageous, there’s no way they could possibly be true. Then again, when it comes to Hollywood, it’s important not to rule anything out.
Still, there are several Hollywood myths that have been proven to be false, yet people continue to believe them. These myths are often spread around on social media, because people want others to join them on their bandwagon of mythical falsehood. Some Hollywood-related myths also stay alive because they are simply fun to believe. People who have a favorite movie genre or celebrity sometimes like to subscribe to these myths because they are juicy or interesting, and they want there to be some truth to them. But, alas, that’s not the way reality works. Sure, there are a lot of crazy things going on in the world, and people need something comforting or entertaining to believe in. However, there are plenty of facts in Hollywood that are stranger than fiction, so it’s easy to find a rumor that actually holds weight. Here are 12 Hollywood myths that simply aren’t true.
12. Marilyn Monroe Wore A Size 16
It’s not a secret that our society is obsessed with looks, particularly when it comes to women. There are countless women out there who are willing to do just about anything to lose weight. That’s why some people are quick to point out that Marilyn Monroe wasn’t a size 2. There’s even a myth going around that Monroe wore a size 16. However, this is a myth. Even though Monroe’s waist was considerably smaller than her bust and hips, she was between a size 2 and 4, which is what most female celebrities wear. This was confirmed when some of Monroe’s dresses were recently auctioned off. So, it looks like Marilyn Monroe wasn’t a plus-sized actress after all.
11. People Fled The Theater The First Time Special Effects Were Featured
There’s also a ridiculous myth that people fled the theater the first time they saw special effects. People believe this myth is tied to the origin of the modern movie. Apparently, according to this urban legend, the first time special effects were on the screen, people ran from the theater in fear, because they didn’t understand the technology. The first movie that was for public viewing, entitled Train Arriving At A Station, shows a train coming through a tunnel at full speed. The audience members thought the train was actually going to hit them, which caused them to retreat in terror. The Lumiere Brothers, who are pioneers in the movie industry, created the film, but historians confirm that this wasn’t the first film to be shown in the theater. As a matter of fact, there were at least 10 other movies featured at the theater before Train Arriving At A Station. It’s possible that maybe a few people were jarred by the train on the screen, but the occurrence wasn’t the mass exodus people make it out to be.
10. A Wizard of Oz Extra Hung Himself On Set
There’s been a creepy rumor going around for quite some time, suggesting that one of the extras from the legendary movie The Wizard of Oz committed suicide on set by hanging. The legend goes even further to state that the body of the extra can be seen in the final scene of the movie. Of course, this is just too horrifying to actually be true. According to the myth, one of the muchkins took a liking to Judy Garland. When she made it clear that she didn’t feel the same, he decided to end it all on set. Victor Fleming, the movie’s director, allegedly didn’t notice the body until after production, so he had to leave it in the movie. People have since confirmed that the “dead body” is actually a bird flapping its wings.
9. Fritz Lang Escaped Germany After Accepting A Top Movie Job
Fritz Lang actually started this rumor himself. He stated that the he was offered one of the top positions in the German movie industry. However, at the time, the movie industry was used as a way to push Hitler’s agenda. Lang said that he fled the country the night he accepted the job, and that Hitler was hot on his heels. Fritz Lang, who was the director behind movies such as M and Metropolis, did, in fact come to America during WWII. However, he was not chased by any political leaders. Obviously, the story was great for Lang’s career, and gave him longevity in the business.
8. There Was A Ghost In Three Men and a Baby
It’s been rumored that Three Men and a Baby, the popular 1980s movie starring Ted Danson, Steve Guttenberg and Tom Selleck was haunted by the ghost of a little boy on set. The movie tells the story of three successful single men who share a loft together. Their lives are changed when a woman abandons a baby on their doorstep. It is said that the ghost is of a little boy who passed away in the home where the movie was filmed. Some people even claimed that they saw the faint image of the boy in some of the movie’s scenes. It turns out the “ghost” was just a cardboard cutout of Ted Danson.
7. The “Gerber Baby” Was Humphrey Bogart
The Gerber Baby came on the scene in 1931. Since then, people have been speculating as to the baby’s identity, since Gerber kept it a secret for about four decades. That’s how the rumor started that the Gerber Baby was Humphrey Bogart. There’s no proof that this is actually close to being true, but we’re guessing it was a nice sentiment for Bogart fans. People have also asserted that Senator Bob Dole and Elizabeth Taylor were the Gerber Baby, but of course, that’s not true either. The actual iconic Gerber Baby is a woman by the name of Ann Turner Cook. Gerber revealed her identity in 1978, but some people still have their “theories.”
6. Richard Gere Got “Friendly” With A Gerbil
We’re pretty sure you know what we’re referring to. For a long time, there was a rumor swirling around that actor Richard Gere had relations with a gerbil. This story followed him for quite some time, and some people still refer to it whenever Gere is in a movie or giving interviews. The LA Times even reported that Gere checked into Cedars-Sinai hospital to have the gerbil removed from his hind parts. However, no one has ever been able to track down the report from the hospital. Richard Gere supposedly claims that actor Sylvester Stallone started this rumor after the two men had a falling out. Stallone, however, denies that he leaked this outrageous story to the press.
5. The Goldfinger Lady Died By Paint
In the 1960s Bond movie Goldfinger, a woman died when her body was covered in gold paint. James Bond stated in the movie that the woman’s death was by suffocation, since the paint covered the skin’s pores and “people breathe through their skin.” Of course, this isn’t true, but people started spreading the rumor that the woman who starred in Goldfinger died in real life when paint was spread all over her. However, the actress, whose name is Shirley Eaton, is still alive. We’re guessing this myth was started by Bond fans who wanted to make the excitement of the films even more sensational.
4. Steven Spielberg Got His Start By Sneaking Into Universal Studios
Steven Spielberg has been telling the story for years of how he snuck into Universal Studios as a teenager. He says that he came to work every day with a briefcase and pretended as though he fit in there, so no one questioned him. However, this myth has been debunked. Some of the people who were working at the studio at the time confirmed that the legendary direction actually started working at Universal Studios when he was 16 as an intern for family friend Chuck Silvers. Spielberg even says that he was between 17 and 21 when he started working at the studio, but Silvers said Steven started when he was 16. Interesting.
3. The Haunting Of The Amityville Horror Is Real
The Amityville Horror was actually a true story, which is why the book and movie were so popular. The story follows the Lutz family, and the terror that they experienced after buying a home in Amityville, New York. However, when the rumor started that the “horror” was real, William Weber, the attorney defending the Amityville murderer, was highly upset. Weber stated that the Lutz family agreed to write the Amityville Horror story along with him. However, the family ditched Weber for a better book deal. It was also revealed that the Lutzs left the house because they were unable to continue paying the mortgage, not because they were afraid for their lives. The sequel to The Amityville Horror book was based on the book Weber was originally supposed to be writing with the Lutz family.
2. Brandon Lee’s Final Moments Are On Film
While Brandon Lee, the son of Bruce Lee, was filming the 1993 movie The Crow, his young life came to an end on set. At the beginning of the movie, there was supposed to be a scene in which Lee’s character is murdered. However, the stunt gun was filled with real bullets, and Brandon was actually killed when he was shot. Some have said that this gruesome scene stayed in the movie, but that is a myth. The scene was shot again with a double, and it was decided that Lee’s character would be murdered with a knife, in order to keep another gun-related tragedy from occurring.
1. Jayne Mansfield’s Head Detached From Body
Actress Jayne Mansfield was known for her role in the movie The Girl Can’t Help It. She is also know for the rumor surrounding her name. Even though she passed away in the 1960s, there’s still an urban legend going around that she was decapitated. Mansfield died in a car accident, and some even assert that her iconic scarf was pulled from her neck and actually took her head off due to the extreme pressure the scarf put on her body. The rumor stems from the fact that Jayne was wearing a wig at the time of the accident. The wig flew off her head, and witnesses thought her head had been detached from her body. However, the funeral director confirmed that Mansfield’s head was indeed intact when he was preparing the body.