10 Little known facts about your favourite celebrities
Everyone loves a bit of celebrity gossip and there’s nothing better than finding out some fascinating facts about your favourite movie star, or singer, that you didn’t know. Did you know, for example, that Elton John’s real name is Reginald Dwight? Or that Demi Moore used to be crossed eyed as a child and had to have two operations to correct it? No? Well, read on, and we’ll give you ten more random facts about your favourite celebrities that not a lot of people know.
1. David Bowie’s eyes weren’t different colours
The world lost one of its musical geniuses when David Bowie died on January 10th 2016. One of the things that made David Bowie unique was the mystery that he maintained and his ever changing personas. Another was his apparently different coloured eyes, which were actually not different colours at all. His eyes looked different, because his left pupil was permanently dilated due to an injury he received in a fight at school.
2. Jack Nicholson thought his grandparents were his parents
Jack Nicholson’s mother was only 17 when Nicholson was born and she was unsure who the father was. That would have been absolutely scandalous in 1937. Nicholson’s grandparents decided to raise Jack as their own child and tell him that his mother was his sister. The truth about Jack Nicholson’s parentage was only revealed to him in 1976 after Time Magazine had done some research.
3. Christopher Walken was a lion tamer
Movie star Christopher Walken began his career in entertainment in the big top, where he performed as a lion tamer when he was a teenager. He also idolised Elvis Presley and changed his hairstyle to make him look more like the king of rock and roll. He has never changed his hair style since.
4. Daniel Radcliffe is teetotal
Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe never touches a drop of alcohol. It’s not because of any religious beliefs or because he once had an alcohol problem, it’s quite simply because alcohol doesn’t seem to agree with him. He became teetotal because, nearly every time that he drank alcohol in the past, he blacked out completely, so he decided to play it safe and quit drinking altogether.
5. Daryl Hannah has Asperger’s Syndrome
The movie star and environmentalist Daryl Hannah revealed to the world in 2013 that she has Asperger syndrome. She said that the condition, which makes people uncomfortable and awkward when in social situations, sometimes causes her rock and back and forth when she is talking to people. When she was a child, doctors had recommended that she be institutionalised because her condition was so severe.
6. Lady Gaga wrote “Born This Way” in just 10 minutes
“Born This Way”, Lady Gaga’s hit song about equality for minorities, was written and recorded, on the road while she was touring on her second world tour. The singer describes that song as a “magical message” song and the “freedom song” that she always wanted to write. The idea for the song is credited to one of the record’s producers, White Shadow, and Lady Gaga has been said to have written the hit just ten minutes.
7. Danica McKellar is a mathematician
Wonder Years star Danica McKellar is a mathematician as well as an actress and he has written a number of books that are aimed at encouraging young girls at high school have the confidence to take up mathematics. She also co-authored a scientific paper with the mathematician Professor Lincoln Chayes, which lead to a mathematical theorem being named after her, the “Chayes–McKellar–Winn theorem”.
8. Buzz Aldrin made a rap song
The second man to walk on the moon, Buzz Aldrin, has been doing all he can to promote space exploration since he left NASA in 1971. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the first men to walk on the moon, he teamed up with Snoop Dogg, Quincy Jones, Talib Kweli, and Soulja Boy to create a rap song and video to raise funds for Aldrin’s “ShareSpace” foundation.
9. Samuel L. Jackson held Martin Luther King’s dad hostage
Samuel L. Jackson was an active supporter of the US civil rights movement in the 1960s and, in 1969, Jackson and a number of other students took members of the board of directors of the Moorehouse College hostage and demanded changes to college policy. One of the hostages was Martin Luther King Sr., the father of the civil rights leader who was assassinated in 1968.
10. Natalie Portman has had two scientific papers published
Natalie Portman, who played the part of Padmé Amidala in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, is a Harvard University graduate with a degree in psychology and two published scientific papers to her name. One of the papers, which she co-authored while at Harvard was entitled “Frontal lobe activation during object permanence: data from near-infrared spectroscopy” and we haven’t a clue what that means!
Do you know other interesting facts about celebrities?