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Chevy Chase - Nearly Electrocuted
In 1981, Chevy Chase was nearly electrocuted on a film set when the "landing lights" which his character was wearing (while imagining himself as an airplane) short-circuited, sending an electric current through his arm, back, and neck. The film's title? Modern Problems.[Chase's brush with death was followed by a period of deep depression.]
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Walt Disney on being a Celebrity
Walt Disney was once asked how it felt to be a celebrity. "It feels fine," he replied, "when it helps to get a good seat for a football game. But it never helped me to make a good film or a good shot in a polo game, or command the obedience of my daughter. It doesn't even seem to keep fleas off our dogs—and if being a celebrity won't give one an advantage over a couple of fleas, then I guess there can't be much in being a celebrity after all."["I hope we never lose sight of one thing," Disney often joked. "That this was all started by a mouse."]
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Vince McMahon: accused of being everything
In the 1990s, scandals involving allegations of sexual misconduct and illegal drug use rocked the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). WWF chairman Vince McMahon bore the brunt of the criticism. "Vince was accused of being everything from a homosexual rapist to a heterosexual rapist to a child molester to a drug user and distributor," his wife Linda once recalled. "I think at one point someone asked him where he was on the day Kennedy was shot."[As an impressionable young man, McMahon began wearing nothing but red (right down to his shoes) like Dr. Jerry Graham, a 6-foot-3, 300-pound giant who drove around in a 1959 Caddy convertible, lighting cigars with $100 bills. He also became the first cadet in Fishburne Military ...
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Lance Armstrong - Young Fireball
Even as a child, Lance Armstrong was bent upon testing the boundaries. "When I was a boy I invented a game called fireball," he recalled in his autobiography.Fireball? Yes... The game "entailed soaking a tennis ball in kerosene, lighting it on fire, and playing catch with it."["I have loved him every minute of his life," his mother once declared, "but, God, there were times when it was a struggle."]
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Edward James Olmos - Olmos Famous
Edward James Olmos, noted for his role as the laconic Lieutenant Castillo on television's "Miami Vice," once claimed to have been the highest-paid actor in the history of television, with one proviso. The proviso? He was the highest-paid actor in the history of television—per word.
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Mickey Rooney - Gentle Puck
As a teenager, Mickey Rooney played Puck in a stage version of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. In one scene, Rooney was directed to drop from a tree when prompted by the line: "My gentle puck, come hither."One day, though the line was uttered three times, Rooney failed to drop. The problem? His jock strap (worn as part of the costume) had become snagged on a branch.[Athletic supporters were introduced in 1874 to protect bicycle riders as they pedaled over cobblestone roads. The term "jock strap" derives from these early "bicycle jockeys."]
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Christina Applegate - Good Shit
Christina Applegate recalled her first acting gig (playing a drug dealer in the 1970s) with an amalgam of disbelief and self-deprecation. Her only line? "It's really good s---, man!" How old was the drug-addled Applegate? "I was nine..."[According to CNN, U.S. troops during the Gulf War voted Applegate the most beautiful woman on TV.]
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Angelica Bridges - Bridges to Babylon
Even as a toddler, Angelica Bridges had a curious eye for the boy next door. "I just could not keep my clothes on," she once explained. "My mom would dress me up in a T-shirt and panties, and the minute I was out the door, the panties and the T-shirt would be in a pile on the front yard—and my little pink butt would be running down the gravel road to the neighbor boy's house."
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Billie Joe Armstrong takes up skateboarding
After a grueling tour one year, Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong took up skateboarding. "It keeps my mind off the music for a while," he explained. "I've got a real Max Schaaf board and my buddy who's got a ramp is teaching me... I've been skating a ramp—one of those half pipes that go from side to side. There's a five-foot part, a seven-foot part and an eleven-foot vert part."  So what sort of monster tricks had Armstrong mastered? "I can roll back and forth," he explained, "but that's it." [Fun fact: A Green Day is slang for a day spent smoking weed and goofing off.]
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Joshua Jackson - fan mail surprise
As a teen heartthrob, "Dawson's Creek" star Joshua Jackson received more than his share of fan mail. His most memorable 'card'? "A box that a refrigerator comes in," he once recalled. "These two girls had cut it open down the middle, and inside was an invitation to their prom."[Lucky Jackon? The actor's mother is a casting director]