Considering the fact that the competition to become famous is far fiercer than ever before, a celebrity or two may have made a proverbial deal with the devil. In the case of the stars, who we’re about to look at, some people have grown to believe they have an association of some sort with Satan. By no means are we endorsing a satanic lifestyle, we’re just here to amaze you with accounts of how the stars you know are supposed to have a more involved relationship with the devil than you’d ever expect.
We can’t speak to the validity of these tales as they may just be rumored, or over-the-top claims but we definitely put a premium on stories that have been reported by multiple sources. We also aren’t interested in people like Marilyn Manson, whose gothic persona would cause some people to presume he has embraced the dark lord. Finally, we didn’t consider any actors whose dalliance with the dark side is as a result of a role or character they’ve portrayed.
11 Lady Gaga
A singer who has routinely and openly courted controversy over her career, it should come as a surprise to nobody that Gaga has her fair share of detractors. Racking up a bevy of hit songs over the years like Bad Romance, Telephone, Applause, Born This Way, and far too many others to list here, she has proven herself a master of releasing catchy tunes. Branching out into acting in movies like Machete Kills and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, among others, her greatest acting credit came this last year when she won a Golden Globe for her role in American Horror Story.
If Lady Gaga was going to make our list it certainly makes perfect sense that the woman whose mantle she took up in a lot of people’s eyes, Madonna, would find her way here too. Inarguably one of the biggest pop performers of all time, she has reinvented herself again and again which allowed her to have the type of longevity few musicians have ever enjoyed. Christened the Queen of Pop, she has been named the highest-grossing solo touring artist of all time and has been inducted into more than one music hall of fame groups over the years.
9 Snoop Dogg
Made a huge star by his discovery by and association with Dr. Dre, Snoop took the music world by storm when he released his first album way back in 1993. Having released thirteen solo albums and eight albums where he was a part of a group, his music catalog is expansive without even considering his long history of guesting on the works of so many others. Graduating to become a personality who is well known to many who haven’t heard much of his music, Snoop has appeared in movies, been inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame and appears regularly on TV.
8 Nicki Minaj
One of the biggest rappers of the last several years, Nicki was called “the most influential female rapper of all time” by an editor for The New York Times. The winner of awards handed out by BET, MTV, Billboard and the recipient of six American Music Awards, it is safe to say that Nicki has earned the respect of critics far and wide. Branching out into television with her role as an American Idol judge, she has also appeared in movies like The Other Woman and Barbershop: The Next Cut, as well as lending her voice to Ice Age: Continental Drift.
7 Nick Jonas
A member of the pop rock band, The Jonas Brothers, alongside his siblings Kevin and Joe, the group was seen as being about as family friendly as they come. Further cementing his do-gooder image by appearing in two Disney Original Movies, Camp Rock, and its sequel, as he grew older his choices began to mature as evidenced by his role on the horror series Scream Queens. Currently, an internationally charting solo artist who had a huge hit with the song Jealous, Nick has become his own man but still mostly seems like a solid dude.
6 Jimmy Page
Jimmy Page, guitarist and founder of the band Led Zeppelin and a member of The Yardbirds is one of the most respected rock stars of all time. Ranked by Gibson as the second best Guitarist of all time and recognized by Rolling Stone as the third best, to name just two of the lists his skills have been acclaimed by, he has had a hand in creating marvelous music. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a part of both of his big bands, any attempt to list his accolades seems likely to be an unending effort.
5 Jayne Mansfield
A major Hollywood star of yesteryear, and late mother of Law and Order: SVU star Mariska Hargitay, Jayne reached the zenith of her career in the 50's. Seen in flicks like Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter, The Girl Can’t Help It, The Wayward Blues, and Too Hot to Handle among others, she became internationally famous. Also remembered as one of the first Playboy Playmates, she changed the industry when she was the first star to appear in the buff on the big screen. Killed in a car crash at the young age of thirty-four, we’ll never know if she could have recaptured her former fame.
4 Abraham Lincoln
If we have to tell you why Abe is famous then clearly you didn’t exactly ace your history class. The sixteenth President of the United States, he is credited with preserving the union after the Civil War, abolishing slavery and forever changing the world we know today. It’s pretty safe to say that he is one of the greatest if not the very best president of all time despite his life and presidency coming to an early end due to his assassination. Mary Todd Lincoln is mostly famous for being his wife and a former First Lady but she was an indomitable figure herself.
Possibly the most flamboyant mainstream celebrity of all time, Liberace was a pianist, singer, actor, and showman without peer. The highest paid entertainer in the world between the 1950's through to the 1970's, he gave concerts for decades while releasing albums, appearing on TV and in movies and even earned endorsements. Constantly clothed in some of the most glamorous or gaudy outfits ever created, he lived an outrageous life during a period where expectations of men were far from progressive.
2 Sammy Davis Jr.
The Rat Pack is one of the most celebrated groups of entertainers in the history of the world. Made up of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Peter Lawford, Joey Bishop, and Sammy, the team appeared in films and on stages for years. Despite the fact that Sinatra was clearly the Pack’s biggest star and many saw Dean Martin as its most charming, it was their lone minority member, Sammy, who is often remembered as the most likable. An active participant in the civil rights movement, he was one of the many who marched on Washington, he refused to perform in segregated clubs (which is credited with changing Vegas and Miami) and married a white woman when it was still forbidden in 31 states.
First becoming famous as a member of the girl group Destiny’s Child, in which she played the principal part during her early years, Beyoncé has been known to sing some gospel tunes. Moving on to start a solo career that has turned her into one of the most renowned and respected singers of this generation, she has come to be considered music royalty by her legion of fans. Additionally spreading her wings by acting in movies like Austin Powers in Goldmember, The Pink Panther, Dreamgirls and Obsessed, it certainly seems like Queen B is in a stratosphere all her own.
That kind of fame is typically associated with the scrutiny of the strongest of magnifying glasses, popular opinion, which can result in your every move being dissected to an incredible degree. For instance, groups like The American Family Association, a right-wing group, have her in their crosshairs for becoming “dark and malevolent”. There are even some rumors that her child with Jay-Z, Blue Ivy, was named as a tribute to the dark lord, either as a devilish acronym or some whackos have even tried to claim that the name spelled backward, is also Lucifer’s daughter’s name. Total hogwash, of course, but for the ardent few her more sexual image of late is part and parcel of her demonic regression.
Sources: Buzzfeed, Wikipedia, Cracked
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