Ah the wonderful world of Hollywood. Originally just a torn out field, home to the Mexican Nopal cactus and a whole load of nothing, Hollywood stood in silence for a number of years. Now, home to the movie industry and the hub of all things rich and famous, Tinseltown has been the center of the universe for over 100 years. That’s right, rocking the glitz and the glamour, especially with regards to the superstars that live there, Los Angeles will forever be known as the place where they make ‘the movies’. Iconic to say the least, Hollywood is famed for a number of legendary and archetypal attractions. From the Hollywood walk of fame, to the sign that shines its own name, this quaint little borough is actually one of the most recognizable places in the world, as well as being the home to one of the most fancy and outrageous awards shows in the world, the Oscars. However, with success often comes scandal, with Hollywood no stranger to a secret or ten. The sin city of the west, Los Angeles has often been brimming to the rim with dispute and despair, with scandals of the past that would almost blow your socks off if heard today. Plus, with social media now able to inform its audience of a person’s every mood, it can be a very difficult task to try and hide, especially with the added use of the media and the paparazzi. Yes, since its very creation, Los Angeles has been a melting pot for the disreputable, with Hollywood headlines hitting us hard each year.
So to celebrate its dishonorable reputation, here are 15 of the most notorious Hollywood “bedroom” scandals.
15. Arnold Schwarzenegger
Hollywood hunk of metal turned politician Arnold Schwarzenegger shocked the world when it was revealed he had been cheating on wife Maria Shriver throughout their 25 year relationship. That’s right, the one time Mr. Universe had been embroiled in a love affair with his housekeeper (cliché much?), Mildred Patricia Baena, even fathering a son with her. Ever the gentleman, it was also later unveiled that Shriver was also pregnant at the same time, with the two ladies both carrying Schwarzenegger’s children. Ditching his sorry ass, Shriver immediately moved out, leading Schwarzenegger to suddenly divulge a number of other affairs that had taken place, with Sylvester Stallone’s ex-wife and Danish gazelle Brigitte Nielsen being one of them. Speaking of the affair with the Terminator muscle man, Nielsen claimed, “maybe I wouldn’t have got into it if he said ‘I’m going to marry Maria’ and this is dead serious, but he didn’t, and our affair carried on.” What a guy.
14. Rob Lowe
Famed for his bashful blue yes and charming good looks, Rob Lowe is one of the most popular guys in Hollywood. However, involved in a scandal in 1988 that very nearly destroyed his career, Lowe is still mocked for his involvement in such a high profile case. Videotaped doing the nasty with a 16-year-old girl that he had met in a nightclub, Lowe was also filmed embroiled with another woman along with pal Justin Moritt. Released as one of the first ‘celebrity sex tapes’, years before Paris Hilton took the bait, Lowe’s image was severely destroyed. Somehow managing to salvage his career, Lowe bounced back, even making fun of himself on a number of TV shows and appearances. Referring to the fact that he ‘kickstarted the trend of celebrity sex tapes’, Lowe recently joked, “let me just say this— sometimes being a trailblazer is highly overrated”.
13. Thomas Ince
Known as the ‘father of the Western’, Thomas Ince was a respected film producer, screen writer and director during the early years of Tinseltown. Responsible for over 800 films, Ince was the first to build his own studio, hilariously named, “Inceville”. Now, famed for a scandal that shocked rather than publicized, Ince’s talents are often forgotten among the strange and disturbing circumstances in which he died. Becoming severely ill aboard the private yacht of media tycoon and Hollywood player William Randolph Hearst, Ince later died of heart failure. However, subject to much speculation, Ince’s death at only 44 years old has been the pinpoint of a number of rumors, one of which involves a fatal shot to the chest. That’s right, joined by a number of stars also aboard the boat, including the likes of Charlie Chaplin and Hearst’s mistress Marion Davies, it was rumored that Chaplin had also been sleeping with Davies on the side. Catching the pair in the act, Hearst went below deck to retrieve a revolver, which he then returned and shot Chaplin in a jealous rage. However, shooting Ince in a case of mistaken identity, the murder was then covered up, leading the powerful Hearst to get away with it scot-free.
12. Hugh Grant
Probably the most famous mug shot in history, bumbling English gentleman, Hugh Grant, made headlines when he was arrested for hooking up with Hollywood prostitute, Divine Brown. Caught with his pants down, Grant was charged with doing the nasty in a public place, and eventually fined nearly $2,000 for the act. Forced to undergo an AIDS education program, as well as being publicly embarrassed all over the world, Grant’s career took an immediate nosedive, not to mention embarrassing his then girlfriend, actress Liz Hurley. That’s right, with Hurley also caught up in the tabloid hullabaloo, Grant released a statement claiming, “I’ve done an abominable thing, and she’s been amazing about it, and contrary to what I read in the paper today, she’s been very supportive, and we’re going to try to work it out.’’ Famed for handling the situation with grace, Grant often pokes fun at himself with regards to the scandal, labelled as being honest yet strangely amusing about the whole illicit affair.
11. Marilyn Monroe And JFK
No stranger to the odd scandal, everyone’s favorite bottle blonde Marilyn Monroe was the epitome of Hollywood disrepute. Subject to rumors for a number of years, notorious womanizer and then President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, was connected to Monroe on a number of occasions. Apparently a well known fact among the Hollywood elite, it was even suggested that JFK’s wife, Jackie, was fully aware of the illicit affair. In fact, the romance was so out in the open, that even the paparazzi knew of the scandalous liaison, either being paid hush money, or threatened by a number of dark and dangerous Kennedy associates. But that wasn’t all, clearly liking a taste of the Kennedy establishment, Monroe was also said to be doing it with brother Bobby too, with a letter confirming the incident some time later. Now, with speculation that the Kennedy institute even had something to do with Monroe’s death, the rumors will go on turning in one of the most famous scandals in Hollywood history.
10. Kristen Stewart
Famed for being in one of the most popular teen franchises of all time, Kristen Stewart upped her popularity when she became one half of the hottest Hollywood couple to have ever graced the film world, shacking up with co-star and heart throb Robert Pattinson. Bringing fantasies to life, Stewart seemed to have it all, going on to be cast in movie sensation, Snow White and The Huntsman. However, in one of the biggest ‘what on earth were you thinking’ episodes, Stewart suddenly forgot that the paparazzi existed and was swiftly caught making out with the movie’s married director, Rupert Sanders, in full view. That’s right, barely even attempting to be cautious, the pair was snapped canoodling all over the place, resulting in a very public break up with Pattinson, and a number of angry fans. With Sanders’ wife going on to divorce him and Pattinson now engaged to someone else, the scandal very nearly destroyed Stewart’s career.
9. Spencer Tracy And Katharine Hepburn
Starring together in a whopping nine movies, Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy were as close off screen as they were on. Conducting a 25-year love affair, Tracy was already married, famously remaining wed throughout his relationship with Hepburn. Very much in love, the couple were well known among the Hollywood hills, attending parties as a couple, while Tracy’s wife Louise Treadwell patiently waited at home. Publicly confirming the affair after the death of Treadwell in 1983, Hepburn wrote, “it was a unique feeling that I had for him. I would have done anything for him”. An alcoholic, Tracy was also depressed, with the pair heavily dependent on one another. With his health rapidly declining in the 1960s, Hepburn took a five-year break from acting, choosing to care for him. However, upon his death, Hepburn did not attend the funeral, out of respect for Treadwell. Referring to why she stayed with the married Tracy for so long, Hepburn stated, “I honestly don’t know. I can only say that I could never have left him”.
8. David Carradine
Sounding like something that came straight out of a Tarantino movie itself, David Carradine’s death and the circumstances that surrounded it became headline news. Known for his martial art skills, as well as his stint in the critically acclaimed Kill Bill series, Carradine was a well respected and talented actor. Frequently arrested throughout his career, Carradine was prosecuted for a number of offenses, most prominently drugs. Found dead in a Thai hotel room in 2009, it was revealed that the famed actor was found naked, hanging by a rope in the room’s closet. With suicide eventually ruled out, it was then suggested that the evidence had pointed to autoerotic asphyxiation, a form of choking designed for sexual pleasure. Declared as ‘accidental asphyxiation’, Carradine’s former wives both confessed that the actor had been heavily into such sexual interests, including bondage as well as sadomasochism and role play.
7. Paris Hilton
Famed for not really doing much, socialite and heiress to the Hilton empire, Paris Hilton, was also one half of one of the most notorious sex tapes to have ever hit Hollywood. Released in 2003, the famous romp starred Hilton as well as then loser boyfriend and Mr. Nobody, Rick Salomon. Released under the imaginative title, 1 Night In Paris, the tape was said to be leaked, yet suspiciously distributed three weeks before the premiere of Hilton’s new show, The Simple Life, starring best pal Nicole Richie. Quickly becoming a media sensation, the tape spread, with it also strangely winning several awards. Claiming to have never received any royalties with regards to the home movie, Hilton stated, “I never received a dime from the video. It’s just dirty money and Salomon should give it all to some charity for the sexually abused or something. To be honest, I don’t even think about it anymore.”
6. Debbie Reynolds And Elizabeth Taylor
Years before Brad, Jen and Angelina started making waves, Hollywood’s most epic love triangle actually came in the form of Debbie Reynolds and Elizabeth Taylor. That’s right, everybody’s favorite all American girl, Reynolds, was the new star in town, mother to legendary actor Carrie Fisher and married to pop star Eddie Fisher. Billed as the ultimate happy family, the superstar brood also had famous friends, with the most beautiful woman in the world, Elizabeth Taylor, one of them. However, becoming more than just good friends, Fisher decided that he liked Taylor instead, ditching his wife and running off with her best friend. Marrying Taylor as soon as he had divorced Reynolds, the pair were instantly hated, with Reynolds later stating that, “It was very hard for me to suffer that kind of humiliation.” Keeping her dignity, Reynolds handled the situation elegantly and gracefully, even becoming friends with the violet eyed starlet after she and Fisher divorced a measly five years later.
5. Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston And Angelina Jolie
One of the most recent scandals to have hit the Hollywood hills, the trials and tribulations of Brad, Jen and Angelina caused a media sensation all over the world. Hooking up in the late nineties, the all American couple, Brad and Jen, were instantly loved, eventually marrying in 2000. Bringing back old age glitz and glamour, the pair were seen as the face of Hollywood, often spotted looking adoringly into each other’s eyes. However, disaster struck, when Brad was cast as the lead in the action flick Mr. and Mrs. Smith, along with the beautiful yet elusive Angelina Jolie. Divorcing Jen in an instant, Brad immediately shacked up with his alluring co-star, causing outrage around the globe. Thinking Christmas had come early, the paparazzi were in heaven, coining the term ‘Brangelina’, and documenting their every move. Continuing to vehemently insist that an affair had never taken place, Jolie let the cat out of the bag when confirming that the pair did actually “fall in love” on set, however, splitting in 2016, it seems the story isn’t over for Hollywood’s biggest love triangle.
4. Fatty Arbuckle
Probably the first big bedroom scandal to come out of Hollywood, the trial of Roscoe ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle, played more like a hit movie than real life. Owning life during the early days of Hollywood, Fatty Arbuckle was the number one most popular silent movie actor, going on to mentor the likes of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton. Highly paid, and loved worldwide, there was seemingly no stopping the famed comedian. However, with things taking a turn for the worst in a San Francisco hotel room in 1921, Arbuckle’s world came crashing down around him when actress Virginia Rappe was found dead at a party he was attending. Accused of rape and manslaughter, Arbuckle was swiftly arrested, with the details of the event extremely grim, and reports that he had raped the star with a coke bottle. Dubbed the trial of the century, Arbuckle was eventually acquitted, given a formal apology and free to continue on with his career. But, with the scandal overshadowing his successes, the star never fully recovered, dying in obscurity at 46 years old.
3. Woody Allen
Jack of all trades, Woody Allen, is known for dipping his fingers into a number of creative outlets. That’s right, known for his work in cinema, as well as acting, writing and even putting his hand to a number of musical instruments, Allen is clearly a huge talent. However, with his personal life playing like one of his scripts, Allen has been in the media spotlight a variety of times with regards to his bedroom antics. Originally in a long term relationship with actress Mia Farrow, Allen formally adopted two of Farrow’s own adopted children, with Farrow having a number of other adopted children also. However, with things taking a slightly creepy turn, Farrow found a naked photo of her 21-year-old adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn among Allen’s possessions, with Allen confirming that the two were having an affair. Immediately breaking up, Farrow has never forgiven the pair, resulting in a long and bitter rivalry between the three. Later commenting on the scandal, Farrow stated, “you just can’t go on mourning forever, and so I’ve moved on. It’s been a long time now. And I really don’t think of her as my daughter anymore. I can’t. She isn’t. She’s estranged— and strange.”
2. Roman Polanski
Respected film director Roman Polanski is famed for a number of critically acclaimed movies, as well as collecting a variety of awards throughout his long and established career. However, no stranger to controversy, Polanski has had an interesting life to say the least. From having survived the Holocaust, to having his pregnant wife, Sharon Tate, famously murdered by members of the notorious Manson family, Polanski is also currently on the run. That’s right, arrested in 1977 for the rape of a 13-year-old, Polanski fled to Paris before he could be sentenced. Still continuing to make films, Polanksi went on to win an Academy Award for best director in 2002 for his work on the critically acclaimed, The Pianist. Unable to collect the award in person, Polanski had actor Harrison Ford accept on his behalf, causing outrage among a number of people all over the world.
1. Heidi Fleiss
Known as the ‘Hollywood’ madam, Heidi Fleiss is now one of the most notorious names in Hollywood history, famed for her illicit affairs and cheeky tales of passion among the Hollywood elite. Managing a prostitution ring at the tender age of 22, Fleiss’ business was extremely popular. Known for hiring extremely attractive women, as well as charging extortionate prices, the successful operation soon started raking in the big bucks. Arrested in 1993, it was then revealed that the business woman had had a number of rich and famous clients, with the elusive ‘little black book’ becoming one of the most feared revelations. With names such as Charlie Sheen, Johnny Depp, George Lucas, Hugh Hefner, Sean Penn, Nicholas Cage, Billy Idol and Robert Shapiro, all linked to the famous brothel, the true secrets have never been fully divulged. And, when asked to discuss the sordid details further, Fleiss casually responded, “It’s not my style.”
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