<![CDATA[Ranker: Recent People Lists]]> http://www.ranker.com/list-of//people?source=rss http://www.ranker.com/img/skin2/logo.gif Most Viewed Lists on Ranker http://www.ranker.com/list-of//people?source=rss <![CDATA[Taylor Swift's Instagram Has Been Teasing New Music - But Who Will Her New Song Be About?]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/who-is-taylor-swifts-new-song-about/mick-jacobs?source=rss

After going dark on her social media outlets, Taylor Swift returned to Instagram with a cryptic set of videos depicting what appears to be a snake slithering along. The snake motif, associated with Swift after Kim Kardashian revealed her to be a liar, likely plays into Taylor Swift's new single. What you can't fix, you feature, right? No stranger to public enemies, Swift knows how to play this game to her advantage, whether or not you consider 1989 deserving of Album of the Year. Since Swift basically built an empire from her beef with others, this upcoming Taylor Swift single will probably pertain to some perceived slight, no matter how big or small. After all, this is an artist who hypocritically switched her entire view towards streaming services in order to seek revenge upon someone who allegedly stole her backup dancers.

But who, pray tell, will fall on the receiving end of Taylor Swift's new music? Obvious targets included Kardashian, Katy Perry, Kanye West, and Demi Lovato, all figures that publicly show disdain for her. However, maybe she too believes lizard people run the world; maybe she's still seething over Aretha Franklin's "beautiful gowns" shade; maybe she's the animorph snake. Until the latest Taylor Swift single debuts, no one is entirely out of the woods yet.

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Aretha Franklin

Calvin Harris

Demi Lovato

DJ Snake

Donald Trump

Kanye West

Kim Kardashian

Katy Perry

Nicki Minaj

Lizard People

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 05:34:57 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/who-is-taylor-swifts-new-song-about/mick-jacobs
<![CDATA[12 TV Couples Who Absolutely Hated Each Other In Real Life]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/tv-couples-who-hated-each-other-in-real-life/donn-saylor?source=rss

Many people have a coworker they just don't like. Sometimes, it's an issue of personalities not clicking or an out-and-out difference in interests and ideologies. But what happens if you're forced to like that coworker? Like, it's literally your job to pretend you adore that person? This was the dilemma faced by famous TV couples who hated each other off-screen.

All cherished TV twosomes give their best impression of being happy, lovey-dovey partners. While there are some TV couples who got together in real life, there are plenty of other actor pairings who hated each other in reality. Many people look to television for entertainment and escapism, so it's easy to forget that the actors you're watching are actually working their jobs right there - and not every job, work environment, or colleague is going to be a cakewalk.

These professionals, who had to pretend to like someone they despised, had to take their acting abilities to a whole new level. In most cases, they were successful in making fans believe they loved their TV partners. However, off-screen coffee breaks, holiday parties, and downtime were probably pretty brutal - just ask these TV co-stars who hate each other.

12 TV Couples Who Absolutely Hated Each Other In Real Life,

Nina Dobrev & Ian Somerhalder - The Vampire Diaries

The swoon-worthy stars of The Vampire Diaries dated for three years during the show's run. Their breakup was rumored to be ugly, but Dobrev's Elena and Somerhalder's Damon were also a couple on the show. This made for some extremely difficult and more-than-a-little awkward tension on-set. Eventually, Dobrev left the series. She seemed to look back on it all in stride. "Yes, we're professional and that's fine," she said in 2015 of her rocky relationship with Somerhalder. "We were friends long before we dated and we still are now."

Vivian Vance & William Frawley - I Love Lucy

Perhaps the most famous and beloved TV couple sidekicks in history, I Love Lucy's Fred (Frawley) and Ethel Mertz (Vance) were arguably just as popular as Lucy and Ricky Ricardo. But Frawley and Vance detested one another. It all started when Vance, who was 22 years younger than Frawley, started voicing her displeasure about their age difference ("No one will believe I'm married to that old coot!") and about how mean and crotchety Frawley was.

And by all accounts, he was something of a crank, saying Vance looked like "an old sack of doorknobs." Years later, Vance was dining at a restaurant when she heard Frawley had died. She ordered celebratory champagne for the entire place. Needless to say, the two never made peace, despite their pitch-perfect chemistry and comedic timing.

Joan Collins & John Forsythe - Dynasty

In the 1980s, Dynasty was the height of sophistication and scandalous soap opera. At the epicenter of all the shoulder pads, big hair, catfights, and melodrama were Blake Carrington (Forsythe) and Alexis Colby (Collins). Blake and Alexis were divorced, but their ongoing feud was one of the main plot points that drove Dynasty for most of its nine seasons on the air. And the dislike seems to have continued when the cameras weren't rolling.

Collins has admitted that Forsythe was cool to her when they weren't filming, and he even went so far as to not speak to her at all for an entire season - outside of the dialogue they shared in scenes, of course. Happily, as time went on and Dynasty receded further and further into the rearview, the iciness melted: Collins was one of the first people to pay tribute to Forsythe after his 2010 death.

Shelley Long & Ted Danson - Cheers

Ah, those good ol' "creative differences." They were thought to be one of the main reasons Shelley Long left her role as Diane Chambers on Cheers. It was widely reported that she and Ted Danson were not getting along, resulting in Diane leaving Danson's Sam Malone at the altar in the Season 5 finale. What, exactly, defines a creative difference? Is it a simple disagreement on how to play a scene? Or is it an overwhelming desire to scratch your co-star's eyes out? No one knows the answer, but Long, acknowledging some friction between Danson and herself, insists they really got along well

Gillian Anderson & David Duchovny - The X-Files

Not the much-loved Scully and Mulder?!? Yes, it's true. Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny of The X-Files have kept the truth out there: as co-workers, they've had their share of ups and downs. "There were periods when we hated each other," said Anderson, who, tellingly, neglected to thank her co-star in her Emmy acceptance speech. Duchovny has also confirmed that the two had no real relationship off the set.

However, it's also important to point out that both appear to have been professional despite their differences, and they continue to work together in various X-Files incarnations in the 21st century. According to Duchovny, they now "have a successful working relationship and that’s the best way to go about this job."

Lauren Graham & Scott Patterson - Gilmore Girls

Stars Hollow's favorite couple, Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and Luke (Scott Patterson), may not have been as star-crossed as viewers had hoped. Though both Graham and Patterson have worked hard to deny any friction between them, rumors persist that the two Gilmore Girls stars weren't exactly the best of friends. Or friends at all, really. When asked in an interview if she and Patterson were friends off the set, Graham replied with what appeared to be an emphatic, "No." The two did post an all-smiles selfie when Gilmore Girls wrapped, but were they just happy because they never had to see each other again? Fans may never know.

Julie McCullough & Kirk Cameron - Growing Pains

On the fourth season of Growing Pains, Mike Seaver (Kirk Cameron) fell hard for nanny Julie Costello (Julie McCullough). A marriage was in the works, and McCullough had completed filming eight episodes when she was abruptly fired. The reason? Cameron, a born-again Evangelical Christian, had issues with McCullough posing nude in Playboy, which actually occurred three years prior to her Growing Pains run.

Ten years passed before Cameron apologized and cited his immaturity at the time, seemingly taking responsibility for the firing. Yet in his autobiography, he blamed showrunner Dan Guntzelman, who in turn said McCullough was let go for storyline reasons. Producer Mike Sullivan confirms Guntzelman's account. Still, adding considerable doubt to Cameron's story is the fact that McCullough was replaced on Growing Pains by none other than Chelsea Noble, who was Cameron's then-girlfriend, now-wife. 

Mila Kunis & Ashton Kutcher - That '70s Show

Kunis and Kutcher are happily married now, but their relationship wasn't always so sunny. When they met on the set of That '70s Show, where they portrayed Jackie and Kelso, the two actors couldn't stand one another. For all their scenes, Kunis and Kutcher had to pretend to really like each other when they actually despised one another. 

It could be chalked up to a maturity issue or even a generation gap: Kunis was just 14 when That '70s Show started, and Kutcher was 21. Co-stars were a bit surprised the two ended up together in real life, but in a twist of sweet irony, Kutcher became Kunis's first kiss - in character as Kelso and Jackie, of course.

Stana Katic & Nathan Fillion - Castle

The stars of Castle were once said to "completely despise each other." Rumor had it that Katic, who played Kate Beckett, and Fillion, who played Richard Castle, refused to speak to one another when they were not in front of the camera. But things on the set apparently got so bad that Katic was breaking down in tears because of Fillion's behavior, and producers forced the two actors into actual couples counseling. Both actors have handled the reputed discord with professionalism: Katic has never publicly acknowledged any tension between Fillion and herself, and Fillion has tweeted his support of Katic.

Naya Rivera & Mark Salling - Glee

In the early seasons of Glee, it was common knowledge that Rivera and Salling were a real-life item. However, things eventually soured and the two broke up. Unfortunately, they still had to play the on-again, off-again couple of Santana and Puck. The rumor mill claims that Salling cheated on Rivera and she got even by keying his car. Later, after Salling was arrested on child pornography charges, Rivera wrote in her memoir that she wasn't at all surprised, essentially saying he was always a jerk. 

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 03:47:59 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/tv-couples-who-hated-each-other-in-real-life/donn-saylor
<![CDATA[You're Going To Have A Hard Time Believing These Celebrities Are Younger Than Tom Cruise]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-younger-than-tom-cruise/mariel-loveland?source=rss

Tom Cruise is a larger-than-life Hollywood institution, so are surprising Tom Cruise facts even really surprising anymore? The action hero has starred in some major blockbuster hits, from his breakthrough role in Risky Business to leading the Mission: Impossible series. Some of the actor's films are better than others (The Mummy comes to mind), but you can't deny his talent. He even does tons of his own stunts.

Despite his success, Tom Cruise's lifestyle isn't without controversy. He's a devout Scientologist with rumors circulating of a contract marriage to Katy Holmes. There was also that insane time he jumped up on a couch on Oprah. Oh yeah, and he might actually be an ageless vampire who is simply claiming he was born on July 3, 1962.

Tom Cruise does not age – that's a fact. There are a wealth of celebrities who are younger than Tom Cruise that you'd swear were lying about their age. Seriously, how old is Tom Cruise anyway? From co-stars like Mike Myers to fellow action heroes like Nicholas Cage and Russell Crowe, here are a handful of the stars who are secretly younger than Tom Cruise.

You're Going To Have A Hard Time Believing These Celebrities Are Younger Than Tom Cruise,

Ben Stiller

The Meet The Fockers and Zoolander star fought prostate cancer and won. Maybe it's his life experience than makes him seem older than Tom Cruise, when the truth is he's about four years younger.

Bret Michaels

Bret Michaels has been around the block, and the Poison frontman seems like he's been singing forever. It turns out, that's not the case. He's a year younger than Tom Cruise.

Johnny Depp

Hard living might have contributed to Johnny Depp's rapid aging. It's extremely difficult to believe he's almost two years younger than Tom Cruise.

Keith Urban

Nicole Kidman is apparently robbing the cradle. Her current husband, Keith Urban, is a shocking five years younger than Tom Cruise.

Mike Myers

Austin Powers came out a long time ago, and it's been decades since Mike Meyers starred on Saturday Night Live. Despite all that's happened, he's still a year younger than Tom Cruise.

Nicolas Cage

Nicholas Cage is getting up there. It's hard to pinpoint exactly what makes him appear about a decade older than Tom Cruise (perhaps it's that outdated haircut), but he's actually two years younger.

Robert Downey Jr.

Robert Downey, Jr. feels like he's been in, and out, and in Hollywood again for years. But he's actually younger than fellow perennial star Tom Cruise by three years.

Russell Crowe

Russell Crowe has a long list of achievements, but the New Zealander isn't as old as you think (despite the graying beard and furrowed brow). Russell Crowe is actually two years younger than Tom Cruise.

Steve Carell

Most TV fans have a soft spot for Steve Carell for his role on The Office, but the dude isn't getting any younger. While he absolutely looks great for his age, he still looks a whole lot older than Tom Cruise. In actuality, he's one month younger than the age-defying celeb.

Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman appears well into his middle age, particularly in grizzled roles like the titular mutant in Logan. It turns out the star is almost seven years younger than Tom Cruise. How did this happen?

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 05:12:44 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-younger-than-tom-cruise/mariel-loveland
<![CDATA[15 Actors Who Thought They Were Making A Completely Different Movie]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/actors-who-thought-they-were-making-a-different-movie/zack-howe?source=rss

Have you ever started filming a movie you thought was a comedy, but it was actually a horror film? Probably not because, chances are, you're not a famous actor (but if it is you, Mr. Murray, humanity doesn't deserve you). But believe it or not, this kind of stuff actually does happen to movie stars. Actors who thought they were making different films (or at least, different kinds of films) are, well, people in Stephen King movies, mostly. And then there are actors whose roles were much different than they thought they'd be, including such big names as Charlton Heston, Halle Berry, and the whole freaking cast of The Usual Suspects.

It's surprising, but it happens more than you might think. Sure, actors could pay attention to what they're doing, or give a flying muffin about more than just a paycheck, but then we wouldn't have these hilarious stories. Here are some knee-slapping instances of actors coming out the back end of a film with no idea what the world was about to see.

15 Actors Who Thought They Were Making A Completely Different Movie,

Adrien Brody

The Thin Red Line is based on a novel about the Battle of Mount Austen, revolving around the character Corporal Fife (played by Adrien Brody in the movie). Brody made the reasonable assumption that he was the main character of the film, since Fife was the main character of the novel, but it turned out he was wrong.

Since he was an up-and-comer at the time, many of his scenes were cut from the final product, highlighting the real stars of the film George Clooney, John Travolta, Nick Nolte, John Cusack, Woody Harrelson, and Sean Penn, even though none of them were, you know, the protagonist. Brody, unfortunately, was unaware of the cuts, but learned when he viewed the premiere with his parents whom he had brought along, brimming with pride. And then, presumably, deflated with crippling sadness. 

Bill Murray

Garfield: The Movie was written by Joel Cohen, not to be confused with Joel Coen of the much celebrated sibling filmmakers. Someone should have cleared that up for Bill Murray, because he thought it was that Joel Coen. Therefore, he only read a couple pages of the script before accepting the role, trusting Joel Coen implicitly.

But when he started recording his lines, he was ultimately forced to ask, "Who the hell cut this thing? Who did this? What the f*ck was Coen thinking?" so they explained that it was the other Joel Cohen.

And then Murray did the sequel, presumably because vacation houses don't buy themselves. 

Charlton Heston

Gore Vidal doctored up the screenplay for Ben-Hur a bit by injecting just a pinch of homoerotic subtext. In fact, he told director William Wyler as much. Wyler agreed to keep it in the film, but told Vidal not to tell Heston, who would "fall apart" if he knew.

Heston disputed the claim in his memoir, to which Vidal essentially said, "Surprise, surprise." The subtle romance takes place between Heston's Judah Ben-Hur and his "friend" turned enemy Messala, who ultimately opposes Ben-Hur because he's a spurned lover. Hell hath no fury like that of a Roman scorned. 

Danny Lloyd

Danny Lloyd played Danny Torrance in The Shining as a five-year-old. He also didn't know he was making a horror movie. This is mostly because he was told he wasn't, and children will believe chairs are spaghetti if you tell it to them with confidence.

Director Stanley Kubrick actually had the child's best interest at heart (which is shocking, given his well-documented insanity), so in order to protect little Danny from trauma, he not only told him they were making a drama, but he took steps to keep Danny out of scary situations. When Wendy is running from Jack with Danny in her arms, she's actually carrying a dummy, so the boy wouldn't have to be in a scary scene. That's borderline heartwarming! 

David Prowse

If you don't know the name of the man who wore the Darth Vader costume in the original Star Wars trilogy (and good for you, you're probably good at basketball and talking to human people), it's David Prowse. Prowse was excited about the role until he learned that he wasn't actually voicing Vader.

Frustrated, he decided to start tweaking his lines, since he knew his reading wouldn't make it in anyway. And thus "Asteroids do not concern me, I need a ship," was transformed into the far more brilliant "Hemorrhoids do not concern me, I need a sh*t." 

Frankie Laine

Frankie Laine was a singer who recorded music for a number of famous westerns like 3:10 to Yuma and Rawhide, so Mel Brooks thought he'd be a perfect fit for the theme of Blazing Saddles. Frankie Laine agreed to take the gig, and was so moved by his performance that he cried after recording it.

This is a strange reaction, considering the movie's a preposterous satire of the Western genre, but Laine apparently had no idea: "I thought I was doing a song for another High Noon, and I gave it my best dramatic reading ... When I saw wacky things happening on the screen, like a guy punching a horse, I sunk down into my seat with embarrassment."

Jared Leto

It's no secret that Jared Leto wasn't pleased with the final cut of Suicide Squad. He felt there was enough Joker footage for an entire film on the infamous character, but in the end he was on screen for around 10 minutes. Fans weren't the only ones that felt shortchanged —Leto said he felt like he'd been "tricked."

He took a deep dive into the character, really committed, and was not rewarded for it at all. He's still under contract, though, and if The Batman does indeed come to fruition, he'll likely play a large role. Although, it looks like Deathstroke is going to be the villain there, so who knows. 

Piper Laurie

When Piper Laurie received the script for Carrie, she was not impressed. "I read [the script] and I thought it was a comedy-- no, no, no," she corrects, "I thought it was stupid." Her husband at the time told her that she misunderstood it; that director Brian De Palma had a comedic approach, so she reread it and recognized it for what it was: satire. 

Well, it's neither really. But when you hear her talk about it, which you can in the above video, she initially sounds a little ridiculous, but ultimately charming. In the end, she really enjoyed both making the movie, as well as the final product. And she almost won an Oscar!

The Blair Witch Project

So, to be fair, the three main characters of The Blair Witch Project knew they were making a horror film, but that was about it. Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, and Michael Williams were sent out into the woods with a video camera for a week, told to argue with each other, interview randos (who turned out to be actors placed by the directors), and just kind of act like they were lost on a hike (which they actually were a couple times).

What's more, the  directors started to mess with the young stars as they grew colder and more sleep deprived over the course of the week by sneaking along behind them and making ominous, spooky noises. Sometimes, there's a fine line between directing and just being a d*ck. 

Keyser Soze

Bryan Singer kept his entire cast in the dark on The Usual Suspects, so that going into the premiere, Gabriel Byrne, Benicio Del Toro, Stephen Baldwin, and Kevin Pollak all thought they were Keyser Soze. Byrne was so pissed, he apparently dragged Singer outside and screamed at him.

If he wasn't deserving of it then, it's at least punishment for a couple of bad X-Men movies, Superman Returns, Jack the Giant Slayer, and some other truly unsavory things he's rumored to have done. 

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 07:19:13 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/actors-who-thought-they-were-making-a-different-movie/zack-howe
<![CDATA[15 Celebrities Who Are Way Older Than You Realized]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-who-are-older-than-you-realized/carly-silver?source=rss

Hollywood stars are well-known for being beautiful, but some seem like they never age a day. True, some celebrities lie about their age, whether to be considered for more parts or to avoid the additional criticism from the public. But these famous people aren't lying about their ages – they're just further on in years than you probably assumed.

Some celebrities who are older than you thought are perennially baby-faced. Jack McBrayaer, AKA Kenneth the Page from 30 Rock, and former That '70s Show star Topher Grace spring to mind. Others became famous for their obsession with stereotypically youthful topics – Chris Hardwick, anyone? And then there are the timeless stunners, like Helen Mirren and John Stamos. Generations have shared crushes on the surprisingly mature celebrities.

Aging isn't always pretty, but let these stars who are way older than you realized inspire you. Who says getting older has to be a bad thing?

15 Celebrities Who Are Way Older Than You Realized,

Bianca Lawson

Bianca Lawson continually plays teens, even though she was born in 1979. Her first teen gig came when she was a teen herself: she appeared in Saved by the Bell: The New Class when she was 14. And those youthful roles continued until 2010, when Lawson was cast as 17-year-old Maya on Pretty Little Liars. She switched things up a bit on Teen Wolf in 2012; Lawson played a guidance counselor – to high schoolers.

Chris Hardwick

Eternally youthful comedian Chris Hardwick was born in 1971, but doesn't look it. An occasional actor, host and presenter, Hardwick might be best known for hosting @Midnight, a game show on Comedy Central. People might also think he's super-young because he's married to heiress Lydia Hearst, who's 13 years his junior.

Gabrielle Union

A-list actress Gabrielle Union, born in 1972, looks just as stunningly youthful now as she did in 2000's Bring It On. The star of BET's hit Being Mary Jane is also known for her high-profile marriage to NBA superstar Dwyane Wade. Union credits drinking water and using oil-based beauty products for keeping her looking sprightly.

Gwen Stefani

Born in 1969, Gwen Stefani continues to rock on like someone 30 years her junior. The former No Doubt frontwoman stuns with her signature bleached blonde hair and red lip on The Voice. She is also dating a younger man, singer Blake Shelton.

Heather Graham

Born in 1970, Heather Graham doesn't seem to have aged a day since she starred in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me in 1999. The Twin Peaks alumna is also well-known for her roles in The Hangover and Boogie Nights. In particular, she credits getting 11 or 12 hours of sleep per night for her youthful appearance.

Helen Mirren

Helen Mirren looks better in a bikini than pretty much anyone. The ageless screen icon was born in 1945, and still regularly appears as a celeb crush on lists. She rejects the term "anti-aging," and shows that age really is just a number, as W noted.

Jack McBrayer

Jack McBrayer, born in 1973, played ageless page Kenneth Parcell on 30 Rock. The Second City alum has also guested on just about every comedy series under the sun, and has done tons of voiceover roles, too. His Southern accent and goofy sweetness are the hallmarks of his work.

Keanu Reeves

Born in 1964, Keanu Reeves must have gotten stuck in The Matrix, since he looks the same now as he did when starring in that hit franchise. The motorcycle-riding chameleon morphs from one role to another, but he is best known for his roles in action franchises. His timeless looks have even inspired fan devotion on sites like KeanuIsImmortal.com.

LL Cool J

Hip-hop megastar-turned-movie star-turned-TV star LL Cool J doesn't seem to age, even though he was born in 1968. The Grammy Award-winning artist behind hits like "Mama Said Knock You Out," "Doin' It," and "I Can't Live Without My Radio," has remained a perennial presence in entertainment for more than three decades. He's also starred in tons of movies – S.W.A.T. and Any Given Sunday, anyone? – and currently stars in the smash hit TV show NCIS: LA (and hosts Lip Sync Battle).

Paul Rudd

Comedic actor Paul Rudd first stole hearts in 1995 chick flick Clueless, but his baby face has barely aged a day since he was born in 1969. The ultimate "likable guy," Rudd has earned screen cred with roles on Friends (he played Phoebe Buffay's eventual husband, Mike Hannigan), The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, and innumerable other funny shows and movies. How does he stay so wrinkle-free? Sunscreen!

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 11:03:43 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-who-are-older-than-you-realized/carly-silver
<![CDATA[Country Singers Who Have Struggled with Alcoholism]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/alcoholic-country-singers-alcoholism/ranker-music?source=rss

Fame can't shield you from addiction, and there have been an number of notable country singers with alcoholism. Some famous country stars used alcohol as a way to self-medicate while other country singers drank and did drugs before going up on stage. A few famous country singers even got DUIs or committed other crimes as a result of their addiction.

Who will you find on this list of country stars with drinking problems? Johnny Cash famously struggled with addiction throughout his life, though he credited his Christian faith for helping him through hard times. "In other words, the Scriptures, or God speaking through them, have saved my life," he said in 1997. Keith Urban credits his wife, Nicole Kidman, with helping him get sober once and for all. Hank Williams reportedly used alcohol and tranquilizers to deal with chronic back pain from spina bifida occulta. Other famous alcoholic country singers include Trace Adkins, Mindy McCreedy, and Randy Travis.

Are you surprised so many popular country singers have dealt with alcoholism? Take a look at this list and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

Country Singers Who Have Struggled with Alcoholism,

Billy Joe Shaver

Drugs and alcohol fueled an incident in which Billy Joe Shaver was charged with shooting a man in the face at a bar in 2007. His Christian faith helped him turn to sobriety.

George Jones

George Jones gained a reputation for missing scheduled performances due to his decades-long addiction to drugs and alcohol. "I was doing a little praying that the Good Lord would hit me with a sledge hammer or do something to help me straighten my act up and make me be a better person – and quit drinking and all the bad things I had done and had been still doing," he said in 2009.

Glen Campbell

After years of sobriety, Glen Campbell relapsed and was convicted of a DUI in 2003. He spent 10 days in jail following the incident.

"I made it a good thing. I went down and took my guitar, my drummer and bass player and played for the other inmates of this holding pen they had. I think I got two days off for good measure. And I haven't had a drink since. Thank you, Lord," he said.

Hank Williams

Hank Williams reportedly used alcohol and tranquilizers to deal with chronic back pain from spina bifida occulta.

Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash credited his Christian faith with helping him recover from his struggles with drugs and alcohol. "In other words, the Scriptures, or God speaking through them, have saved my life," he said in 1997.

Keith Urban

Keith Urban credits his wife, Nicole Kidman, with helping him kick his drug and alcohol addiction once and for all. “I was spiritually awoken with her. I use the expression ‘I was born into her,’ and that’s how I feel. And for the first time in my life, I could shake off the shackles of addiction," he said.

Mindy McCready

Mindy McCready struggled with addiction to drugs and alcohol for most of her adult life. She was facing legal issues due to a DUI at the time of her suicide in 2013.

Randy Travis

In 2012, Randy Travis was arrested multiple times for alcohol related incidents. In 2013, he plead guilty to DUI charges.

Trace Adkins

"I don't feel the need to [drink] because of the industry or the business I'm in. It's got nothing to do with that. That's all on me," said Trace Adkins, who has been sober since re-entering rehab in 2014.

Waylon Jennings

Waylon Jennings was known to have struggled with alcohol addiction throughout his life.

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 06:50:32 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/alcoholic-country-singers-alcoholism/ranker-music
<![CDATA[What Celebrities Looked Like On TRL Vs. What They Look Like Today]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/trl-celebrities-then-and-now/mariel-loveland?source=rss

MTV's TRL is time capsule filled with overly straightened hair, low-rise jeans and Carson Daly's black painted nails (may they rest in peace). Though the original TRL is just a distant memory, the celebrities who appeared on MTV's hit countdown show have gone on to have incredible careers – from Beyoncé rising from the ashes of Destiny's Child to Shakira quietly becoming one of the most successful Latin-American artists in history.

But in all honesty, fans have forgotten about what celebrities looked like on TRL, and boy are they some of the most memorable moments from Total Request Live. Will anything ever be as good as Justin Timberlake's ramen noodle hair? What about that time Britney Spears scandalously showed off her belly button ring? Kim Kardashian used to wear Uggs! With all the hair-crimping, platform shoes, and terrible '90s and '00s fashion, stars who were on Total Request Live were icons of an era where guy-liner reigned supreme and Von Dutch trucker hats were an acceptable choice for a night out.

Here are some TRL celebrities then and now. Don't say you weren't warned!

What Celebrities Looked Like On TRL Vs. What They Look Like Today,

Benji Madden

Then: In the early '00s, Benji Madden and his group Good Charlotte were spiking their hair and topping the charts with the single "Lifestyles of the Rich and the Famous."

Now: Madden and his brother Joel have eased back on the hair gel, but are still releasing killer jams. In 2015, Good Charlotte announced they were done with their four-year hiatus and released the single "Makeshift Love." Their sixth studio album, Youth Authority, dropped in the summer of 2016. Also, the twins both got married to two of the babeliest women in Hollywood. Benji has been married to Cameron Diaz since 2015, and Joel married Nicole Richie in 2010.

Britney Spears

Then: Britney Spears was one of the first guests to ever appear on TRL when it launched in 1998. She was pretty much a TRL regular throughout the early '00s, doing everything from her first live performance in 2003 to showing off her brand new belly button ring. In this photo, from a 2002 interview, the singer chatted about falling flat on her face in front of her crush while promoting her third studio album Britney, and her silver screen debut in Crossroads.

Now: In mid-to-late '00s, Spears went through trying times. She shaved her head, had a 55-hour marriage, and staged  a disastrous MTV VMAs performance. She eventually filed for divorce from her then-husband, backup dancer Kevin Federline, in 2007 and reached a custody agreement for their two children. After that, though, Spears went back to killing it. The singer nabbed a Las Vegas residency in 2016, won the Billboard Millennium Award, and finally took the MTV VMAs stage again to perform her single "Make Me…"

Jennifer Lopez

Then: In the early '00s, JLo was simply Jenny from the Block in an oh-so-trendy (and now, oh-so-dated) bubblegum pink velour track suit. She was already very successful, with three studio albums under her belt and a starring role in Maid in Manhattan.

Now: Lopez is still a highly successful actress and singer (even after the box office bomb that was Gigli). She starred in NBC's crime drama Shades of Blue, released new music, announced a Las Vegas residency, and released a capsule shoe and jewelry collection.

Lopez has been in and out of love multiple times, but she seems to even make breakups work in her favor; ex-husband Marc Anthony is set to work with the star. Is there anything JLo can't do?

Kim Kardashian

Then: Everyone was just starting to keep up with the Kardashians in 2008, while Kim Kardashian was attempting to shake off the embarrassing release of her sex tape.

Now: Kardashian is a reality TV mogul and fashion icon. She has a number of business ventures, including her highly successful mobile app Kim Kardashian: Hollywood. Time included Kardashian on their 2015 list of the 100 Most Influential People. She was reported to be the highest-paid reality TV personality of the year, with earnings topping $53 million.

The star also married one of rap's most innovative artists, Kanye West. But it hasn't all been roses; she experienced a terrifying robbery where she was held at gunpoint in her Paris apartment during Fashion Week in October 2016.

Lance Bass

Then: Lance Bass was, coincidentally enough, the bass singer in the timeless boy band *NSYNC. In 1998, the band first hit the TRL stage to promote their single "Tearin' Up My Heart" from their self-titled debut album.

Now: Bass has done a lot since those early days on TRL. *NSYNC went on hiatus in 2003, and the singer decided to become an astronaut. He never ended up making it into space, but he has been successful in film and TV. Bass appeared in numerous films, including Zoolander, Tropic Thunder, and I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry. Bass came out as gay in 2006, and released a memoir, Out of Sync.

Miley Cyrus

Then: In 2008, Miley Cyrus was still the sweet, Disney darling Hannah Montana and promoting her family-friendly single "7 Things" from her second studio album.

Now: After Hannah Montana ended, Cyrus became a tad more controversial. She cut her hair, began smoking weed and popping molly, and twerked on Robin Thick in her underwear during an MTV VMAs performance. Since then, Cyrus has chilled out just a bit. She's back with her fiancé Liam Hemsworth and released the single "Malibu," signaling her return to a more Nashville-influenced sound.


Then: In the early '00s, P!nk had just burst onto the scene with her debut album Can't Take Me Home. The album produced two Billboard Hot 100 top-ten hits and was certified double-platinum in the US. She also received a Grammy Award and her first number one single from her star-studded cover of "Lady Marmalade." A year later she released Missundaztood, which sold more than 12 million copies worldwide and had three top-ten singles. But seriously, that hair?

Now: P!nk has gone on to have a gigantic career, and has always stuck with zany hairstyles. She's received numerous Grammy nominations for her work, including a nod for her 2013 single "Just Give Me A Reason," a duet featuring Nate Ruess of Fun. She also married Carey Hart, a former motocross star, and had children.


Then: In 2002, before Shakira ever discovered that her hips tell nothing but the truth, she broke into the English-language market with her single "Wherever, Whenever," which she performed on TRL.

Now: Shakira hasn't aged a bit, but she has been working non-stop. Since her humble TRL debut, the singer has released 10 studio albums and won numerous awards, including multiple Grammys and dozens of Billboard Latin Music Awards. She's sold millions of records worldwide, which makes her one of the best-selling Latin artists of all time. In 2013, Shakira was named one of the most powerful women in the world by Forbes, and launched a partnership with Fisher-Price to make a line of toys and create a 12-part web series. She even broke into reality TV as a coach in two seasons of The Voice. Oh, and she's also partnered with a Spanish soccer player, taking care of her sons, and releasing new music.

Destiny's Child

Then: In 2001, Destiny's Child performed songs their debut album Survivor as a three-piece on MTV's first TRL tour. Their single "Independent Women Part 1" spent 11 weeks on the charts and became the longest-running number-one single of the year.

Now: Destiny's Child is no more, but they did reunite for Beyoncé's 2015 Super Bowl performance. Kelly Rowland is still making music and is set to be a coach on The Voice. Michelle Williams is busy making gospel music and replaced Ashlee Simpson in Chicago on Broadway.

Beyoncé is by far the most successful of the girls, and Forbes listed her as 2015's most powerful female in entertainment. Queen Bey has won 22 Grammys and counting and has been nominated 62 times, making her the most nominated women in history. Beyoncé ended up marrying hip hop mogul Jay-Z in 2008 and started a family with him.

Justin Timberlake

Then: In 1998, Justin Timberlake was the scrappy, ramen noodle-haired member of *NSYNC performing the single "Tearin' Up My Heart" on TRL.

Now: Timberlake went on to have a massive solo career after *NSYNC disbanded. Since his debut on TRL, he's won multiple Grammys and Emmys, among other awards for his solo work. Timberlake branched out a bit, and owns a record label called Tennman Records, the fashion label William Rast, and restaurant Southern Hospitality.

As far as romance goes, Timberlake famously split from Britney Spears (after their intense denim-on-denim matching red carpet looks in the early '00s) and eventually married actress Jessica Biel.

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 05:05:10 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/trl-celebrities-then-and-now/mariel-loveland
<![CDATA[What Happened To All The Actors Who Were Brutally Murdered On Game Of Thrones?]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/where-are-they-now-former-game-of-thrones-actors/anncasano?source=rss

Warning: spoilers ahead for Game of Thrones!

Games of Thrones proved it could break all the rules during the penultimate episode of Season 1. The show’s hero, the ever-honorable Lord Eddard Stark, falsely admitted to treason in order to save his daughter Sansa, but King Joffrey took his head anyway. Just like that, Sean Bean became just one of the actors who were killed off on Game of Thrones. If GoT could brutally murder one of the show’s most important characters, truly no one would ever be safe. Luckily, there is life after death for these former Game of Thrones actors.

Many of the actors who left Game of Thrones have gone on to have fruitful careers in film or television, or even both. Every fan of the show was devastated after the brutal massacre known as the Red Wedding. However, it should make you feel better that Richard Madden (Robb Stark), Oona Chaplin (Talisa Stark), and Michelle Fairley (Catelyn Stark) have all appeared on popular television shows or in films since their painful and shocking departure from the HBO drama.

Check out what a bunch of your favorite former Game of Thrones stars are up to. And remember, on a combative series like GoT, no character is ever safe, no matter how much you love them.

What Happened To All The Actors Who Were Brutally Murdered On Game Of Thrones?,

Jason Momoa

Jason Momoa landed the coveted role of Aquaman following his departure from Game of Thrones in 2012. He appeared as the superhero in the 2016 film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and is set to reprise the role in Justice League and the standalone film Aquaman.

All that filming has filled Momoa's schedule, but he still makes time for his wife, Lisa Bonet, and children Lola and Nakoa-Wolf.

Mark Addy

Mark Addy has worked on several projects since his early departure from Game of Thrones in 2011. He played Hercules for two seasons in the TV series Atlantis and starred in the British crime series New Blood, among other titles.

Addy was surprised by the success of Game of Thrones, saying, "From our perspective I feel sorry for the guys going into the show now; there's a huge expectation. For us there was none really."

Sean Bean

Sean Bean remains a prolific actor both Hollywood and overseas. He has appeared in American movies like Jupiter Ascending and The Martian. Bean also starred in the TV Series Legends and The Frankenstein Chronicles.

Bean's characters have been killed onscreen more than 20 times, so the actor is more or less used to the experience. Still, he quipped, "They brought Jon Snow back, so couldn’t they bring Ned Stark back, too? You should tell the producers that!"

Outside of acting, Bean married his fifth wife, Ashley Moore, in June 2017.

Iwan Rheon

Thankfully, Iwan Rheon hasn't had a problem finding roles after expertly playing the psychopath Ramsay Bolton. After Ramsay's much-anticipated death, Rheon took on the role of Ash Weston in the British TV sitcom Vicious starring Ian McKellan. He was then cast as Maximus in the ABC series Inhumans, based on the Marvel Comics of the same name.

Besides acting, Rheon also records and performs as a singer-songwriter.

Jack Gleeson

Unlike his co-stars, Jack Gleeson decided to retire from acting entirely after Game of Thrones. "I’ve been acting since age 8. I just stopped enjoying it as much as I used to," he explained.

What does the future hold for Gleeson? He may continue his education by pursuing post-graduate studies.

Khal Drogo

Khal Drogo, chieftain of the Dothraki, married Daenerys Targaryen as part of a deal he had with her brother. Initially their marriage is hostile, but Drogo and Daenerys ended up falling in love. Unfortunately, just as the happy couple got pregnant at the end of Season 1, Drogo was placed under a spell that left him in a catatonic state. His wife made the painful decision to smother her husband to death to take him out of his misery.

Before appearing on Game of Thrones in 2011, Jason Momoa portrayed Ronon Dex on the science fiction TV series Stargate: Atlantis. The Hawaiian actor also played the titular role in Conan the Barbarian in 2011 and appeared on Baywatch for three seasons.

Ramsay Bolton

Of all the villainous, hateful, despicable characters on Game of Thrones, Ramsay Bolton was perhaps the most vile. Ramsay, the legitimized bastard son of Roose Bolton, was a rapist, a murderer, a torturer, and clearly a psychopath. He was ultimately defeated by Jon Snow's army during the epic Battle of the Bastards. But before Jon could completely beat him to death with his bare hands, he realized that his sister Sansa should take the final death blow. Ramsay was placed in a pen and Sansa sent in his own hungry hounds to tear their master apart.

Iwan Rheon was an accomplished stage actor and musician before joining the cast of Game of Thrones in 2013. His first major stage role was at the Royal Court Theatre in Liverpool in the play Eight Miles High. The Welsh actor also played Moritz Stiefel in the acclaimed London production of Spring Awakening, which earned him a Best Supporting Actor in a Musical award at the 2010 Olivier Awards. His breakout role came in the British science-fiction dramedy TV series Misfits, where he played a character who obtains the supernatural power of invisibility after an electrical storm.

Eddard Stark

Lord Eddard Stark, head of House Stark, Lord of Winterfell, and Warden of the North, also served as Hand of the King to his old friend King Robert Baratheon. Lord Stark was a dedicated husband and father who left his home in the North to help Robert. Unfortunately, his loyalty cost him his life. After Robert's death, his son Joffrey ordered Eddard's execution in Season 1, Episode 9, in what many still consider one of the most shocking deaths in the history of television.

Sean Bean was an accomplished British thespian before playing Eddard Stark. Surprisingly, Bean often portrayed a villain before stepping into the noble Lord's shoes. Some of his most villainous roles came in the films Clarissa, Lady Chatterly, and the James Bond movie GoldenEye. Bean also played the warrior Boromir in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Robert Baratheon

King Robert I Baratheon took the crown of the Seven Kingdoms following the war known as Robert's Rebellion. Robert was a great warrior in his youth and a charismatic king who loved to throw lavish and expensive events. His 17-year reign left the realm in great debt. He was killed in Season 1, Episode 7 after being fatally wounded by a wild boar after drinking too much wine. The wine was given to him by Lancel Lannister at the command of Robert's wife Cersei Lannister.

English actor Mark Addy was best known for playing Detective Constable Gary Boyle in the British sitcom The Thin Blue Line. You may also remember him going full monty in the 1997 big screen comedy The Full Monty. He also starred as patriarch Bill Miller in the American sitcom Still Standing for four seasons and played Fred Flintstone in The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas.

Joffrey Baratheon

It was easy to despise Joffrey Baratheon. The supposed eldest son and heir of Robert Baratheon, Joffrey was actually the son of Cersei Lannister and her twin brother Jaime. The cruel and vengeful boy became king after his father's death, and tormented Sansa Stark (and pretty much everyone else who crossed his path). Joffrey married Margaery Tyrell in Season 4, but died horribly after drinking poisoned wine.

Pre-ThronesJack Gleeson was probably best known to American audiences as the boy who talks with Batman in Batman Begins.

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 07:27:52 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/where-are-they-now-former-game-of-thrones-actors/anncasano
<![CDATA[What Ever Happened To All The Kids From The Sandlot?]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/where-are-the-kids-from-the-sandlot/zack-howe?source=rss

The life of a child actor isn't easy. Even if they achieve fame as a kid, they often struggle to transition to more mature roles once they hit puberty. That seems to be true of the careers of the kids from The Sandlot; many of them more or less faded from the spotlight after the movie. Still, a couple of former Sandlot actors made it through their rough patches and are still working in the industry today.

Where are the kids from The Sandlot now? You've likely seen some of them on your screen. Tom Guiry (Scotty Smalls) gets regular work, and Chauncey Leopardi (Squints) had a recurring role on Gilmore Girls. But others were out of the biz by the turn of the century, and it seems some adjusted better to that reality than others. You may be surprised how many of them have had charges brought against them for violent crimes – or maybe you won't be.

Chances are, you'll be a little depressed after finding out what happened to the kids from The Sandlot. Hopefully their stories won't tarnish your youthful memories of the movie that made them famous.

What Ever Happened To All The Kids From The Sandlot?,

Chauncey Leopardi

Chauncey Leopardi continued to act into the mid-2000s with moderate success, but ultimately his star power seemed to fade. He had a recurring role on Gilmore Girls that ended in 2005, and then a long gap before his last credited project, a 2013 film called Coldwater.

In terms of his personal life, Leopardi tends to keep pretty quiet. He divorced his wife Stefani in 2013, with whom he has a daughter. Fans can find him on Twitter, where he frequently retweets notable Squints costumes. 

Mike Vitar

Mike Vitar's adult acting career is essentially non-existent. His last credit came in 1997, on an episode of Chicago Hope. But The Sandlot, D2: The Mighty Ducks, and D3: The Mighty Ducks is a pretty good resume for a kid.

Vitar is currently a Los Angeles firefighter. He was placed on suspension in early 2017, after facing felony assault charges for his involvement in the beating of a grad student.

Patrick Renna

Patrick Renna went on to have a steady acting career, although he didn't appear in as many big name movies. Most of his work has been in television, where he appeared on popular shows like Home Improvement, Boy Meets World, ER, and The X-Files. As for The Sandlot, Renna has fond memories of the film. In 2015, he even told MTV News that he would be open to a Sandlot reunion project.

Outside of acting, Renna is a Scientologist. He helped the church's Los Feliz mission find a new home in 2013, saying the building would "help the individual change conditions and live a better life."

Tom Guiry

Tom Guiry has had steady work since his 1993 role in The Sandlot. He's been in such big name productions as U-571, Blackhawk Down, Mystic River, and The Revenant. While none of these were starring roles, to have steady work for over 20 years is as good as any actor can hope for.

In 2013, Guiry spoke with the Huffington Post about The Sandlot on its 20th anniversary. But it's not all roses; later that year, he was arrested for headbutting a cop.

Marty York

Marty York's acting career seems more or less done. After a 13 year gap in his resume, he showed up in 2010 in a short film called The Trainer.

Off screen, things don't appear great either. Someone posted an expletive-laden video of York, in which he drunkenly harasses an interviewer. He was also arrested for domestic violence in 2009.

Benny "The Jet" Rodriguez

Benjamin Franklin Rodriguez, better known as Benny the Jet, was the unequivocal leader of the sandlot crew. He was the best athlete, but also the most welcoming member, ingratiating Smalls to the team despite his less notable skill. Benny was the hero of the film and became a professional baseball player as an adult. 

Actor Mike Vitar, who played the Jet, had some more '90s sports film success, appearing in both Mighty Ducks sequels. But that's kind of where it ended.

Scotty Smalls

When Scotty Smalls moves to the neighborhood, he desperately wants to fit in with his baseball-loving peers, despite his limited knowledge of the game. When the sandlot crew loses their last ball to Benny the Jet's mad skills, Smalls borrows a ball from his dad's office signed by someone he identifies as "Baby Ruth." Sure enough, the kids lose the ball over the fence into Mr. Mertle's backyard, but more significantly, the territory of "the Beast." When the rest of the team learns that the ball is autographed by Babe Ruth, they resolve to retrieve it from the Beast's lair at any cost. 

Tom Guiry, who played Smalls, had a fairly active career as a child. Most notably, he played Matthew Turner in Lassie in 1994, the year after The Sandlot came out.

Hamilton "Ham" Porter

Hamilton Porter was the token chubster of the group. He was also the least merciful in chastising Smalls for his folly in bringing a Babe Ruth-signed ball to the sandlot. 

Patrick Renna was imminently recognizable for his densely freckled visage and curly red hair. Maybe that's why he played basically the same character in future movies like The Big Green.

Michael "Squints" Palledorous

Oh, Squints, you will forever be fondly remembered as the perv from The Sandlot. Michael's most memorable scene is the one where he pretends to drown at the pool, giving him a chance to kiss lifeguard Wendy Peffercorn. Though she's older and grossed out at the time, she goes on to marry him, an ending that sends a questionable message to young boys.

Chauncey Leopardi had early success, appearing in Casper, The Big Green, and Boy Meets World. Some of those projects overlapped with his freckly co-star Patrick Renna.

Alan "Yeah-Yeah" McClennan

Yeah-Yeah's nickname sums up all you need to know about his character: he was a yes man who always responded with "Yeah, yeah."

Actor Marty York definitely peaked in the '90s. He appeared on Boy Meets World, Saved by the Bell: The College Years, Wings, and more. Things went downhill after that.

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 09:35:28 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/where-are-the-kids-from-the-sandlot/zack-howe
<![CDATA[The Best Rappers Named After Animals]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/rappers-named-after-animals/ranker-hip-hop?source=rss

Here are the best rappers with animals in their names. The following hip hop artists are all famous rappers whose names have some kind of animal affiliation, similar to the best bands named after animals. For instance: Snoop Dogg has a dog in his rapper stage name, so he's a perfect fit.

Including Tyga, Pitbull, and G-Dragon, this votable list of rapper names with animal in them is your chance to choose the best animal related artist or rapper. Whether you're a fan of a good rapper with a funny animal name or just a fan of animal names and weird rappers, this list of famous rappers with animal names is the place to be for all the most animalistic rapper names.

This rapper names list exists solely to highlight animal rappers, but if you're curious to see where some of the best weird rapper names came from, check out the greatest rapper name origin stories. Also, make sure to brush up on your hip hop knowledge with the real names of rappers.

The Best Rappers Named After Animals,

Big Hawk


Gorilla Zoe

Nate Dogg

Snoop Dogg

Tim Dog





Mon, 10 Jul 2017 09:25:55 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/rappers-named-after-animals/ranker-hip-hop
<![CDATA[The Best Rappers Named After Guns]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/rappers-named-after-guns-and-weapons/ranker-hip-hop?source=rss

Here are the best rappers with guns in their names. The following hip hop artists are all famous rappers whose names have some kind of gun or weapon affiliation. For instance: Tech N9ne is a rapper stage name that originated from the TEC-9 semi-automatic gun. Other hip hop artists simply have the word "gun" in their rapper names. 

Including Machine Gun Kelly, Lil Uzi Vert, and Gunplay, this votable list of rapper names with gun in them is your chance to choose the best gun related artist or rapper. Whether you're a fan of a good rapper with a funny gun name or just a fan of gun names and weird rappers, this list of famous rappers with gun names also includes rappers named after weapons. 

This rapper names list exists solely to highlight gun rappers, but if you're curious to see where some of the best weird rapper names came from, check out the greatest rapper name origin stories. Also, make sure to brush up on your hip hop knowledge with the real names of rappers.

The Best Rappers Named After Guns,


Cory Gunz


Mac Dre


Aaron Dontez Yates

Bazooka Joe

Machine Gun Kelly


Lil Uzi Vert

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 09:26:25 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/rappers-named-after-guns-and-weapons/ranker-hip-hop
<![CDATA[The Best Rappers Named After Gangsters]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/rappers-named-after-gangsters-and-criminals/ranker-hip-hop?source=rss

Here are the best rappers named after gangsters and mobsters. The following hip hop artists are all famous rappers whose names have some kind of gangster affiliation. For instance: MGK got his rapper stage name from infamous gangster George "Machine Gun Kelly" Barnes. 

Including rappers like Nas, Scarface, and French Montana, this votable list of rappers with gangster names in them is your chance to choose the best gangster related artist or rapper. Whether you're a fan of a good rapper with a funny gangster name or just a fan of gangster names and weird rappers, this list of famous rappers with gangster names also includes rappers named after real criminals and notorious mobsters. 

This rapper names list exists solely to highlight gangster rappers, but if you're curious to see where some of the best weird rapper names came from, check out the greatest rapper name origin stories. Also, make sure to brush up on your hip hop knowledge with the real names of rappers.

The Best Rappers Named After Gangsters,

50 Cent


Daz Dillinger

Rick Ross


Yo Gotti

French Montana

Machine Gun Kelly

Irv Gotti


Mon, 10 Jul 2017 09:31:31 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/rappers-named-after-gangsters-and-criminals/ranker-hip-hop
<![CDATA[The Best Rappers Named After Foods]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/rappers-named-after-food-and-drinks/ranker-hip-hop?source=rss

Here are the best rappers with foods in their names. The following hip hop artists are all famous rappers whose names have some kind of animal affiliation, similar to the best bands named after foods. For instance: Eminem, which is short for M&M (Marshall Mathers), also works as the chocolate candy. FYI- Ice Cube was a bit of a reach, but it's an acceptable struggle food when placed between two breads.
This votable list of rapper names with food in them is your chance to choose the best food related artist or rapper. Do you enjoy Casey Veggies with your steak or do you prefer Black Eyed Peas instead? Care for some Lil Debbie or Vanilla Ice for dessert? Whether you're a fan of a good rapper with a funny food name or just a fan of food names and weird rappers, this list of famous rappers with food names also includes rappers named after drinks.

This rapper names list exists solely to highlight food rappers, but if you're curious to see where some of the best weird rapper names came from, check out the greatest rapper name origin stories. Also, make sure to brush up your hip hop knowledge with the real names of rappers.

The Best Rappers Named After Foods,


Ice Cube


Limp Bizkit


Vanilla Ice

Casey Veggies

Froggy Fresh

Lil Debbie

Dej Loaf

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 09:32:00 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/rappers-named-after-food-and-drinks/ranker-hip-hop
<![CDATA[15 Celebrities Who Totally Lied About Their Age]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-who-lied-about-their-ages/donn-saylor?source=rss

Given that they're living under the intense scrutiny of the public eye, it's only natural that some famous people have chosen to stretch the truth when it comes to age. But why do celebrities lie about their age? By and large, it seems to be a way to fight ageism in the youth-obsessed world of show business.

Women have had to bear the brunt of ageism since Tinseltown's earliest days. In some Old Hollywood cases, a studio fictionalized the life story of a popular star to make them seem fresher. In more recent times, de-aging has been done as a means of getting roles and continuing to work. And it's not just women whose ages are often manipulated – some famous men took a few years off their biographies, too.

Celebrities who lied about their ages or backgrounds, or who have even crafted extravagant stage names, are a fascinating topic of conversation. Perhaps it has something to do with that gotcha! feeling of catching someone in a lie. It seems that age isn't just a number after all – at least when it comes to celebrity birthdays.

15 Celebrities Who Totally Lied About Their Age,

Cyndi Lauper

The singer-songwriter-actress-activist-multi-hyphenate Cyndi Lauper once declared, "I absolutely refuse to reveal my age. What am I – a car?"

Lauper was, in fact, born in 1953, though you wouldn't guess it based on her high-energy performances.


In 1999, rapper Eminem was one of the biggest acts in the music industry. During an interview with Howard Stern that year, Em said he was 24. But with a birth year of 1972, he would have actually been 27. It's unclear whether he was deliberately lying, or just confused.

Humphrey Bogart

Humphrey Bogart was known to lie about his age, but the exact details of the story remain murky. By all accounts, Bogey was born December 25, 1899. One story suggests the Warner Bros. publicity department decided that January 23, 1900, had a better ring to it, and the actor went along with the slight exaggeration. What could have possibly convinced the studio a birthdate change of just 29 days was necessary? Since Bogey played a lot of villains and toughs in his early career, the studio thought it would be hard for audiences to accept the idea that a bad guy could've been born on Christmas.

Another variation of this story says the January 23 date is the real one, and the December 25 date was the one dreamt up by the studio. When Bogey was a major star, he often played the heroic lead, and Christmas Day seemed a more fitting birthday. Today, most Bogart biographers agree that December 25, 1899 is his true birthdate.

Joan Crawford

Joan Crawford took an ax to her own birthday, and to this day no one is entirely sure when she was born. In the book Mommie Dearest, daughter Christina Crawford claims that Crawford was born in 1904. Census records indicate she was born in 1905. Crawford's grave says 1908, which the actress herself insisted was her birth year.

While it's odd that no official birth certificate or other definitive records seem to exist, the mystery of Crawford's real age only adds to the confusion surrounding her legacy. Her public perception is further complicated by popular cultural portrayals of her in the film version of Mommie Dearest and the television series Feud: Bette & Joan. How well did anyone know the real Joan Crawford?

Laurence Fishburne

What actor wouldn't stretch the truth a little to work with Francis Ford Coppola and Marlon Brando? In 1976, Laurence Fishburne was just 14 years old when he scored a principal role as 17-year old Tyrone "Clean" Miller in Apocalypse Now. He fibbed in order to get the part, claiming he was 16. But a 14-year-old will be a 14-year-old, and Fishburne's dad ended up flying to the set in the Philippines to discipline his unruly son.

Funnily enough, filming of the epic movie took so long that by the time it wrapped, Fishburne really was 17 years old.

Mila Kunis

When Mila Kunis was cast on That '70s Show, she fibbed about her age:

"Legally I was 14, but I told them I was a little bit older... I told them I was gonna be 18, which is not technically a lie, cause at one point... I was gonna be 18."


In 2003, rapper Nelly was named one of Teen People's "Hottest Stars Under 25." Nelly's representatives were adamant that the star was 22, but his birth records said something different. He was actually six years older. The reason for the fib hasn't been discussed publicly, but maybe Nelly wanted a more youthful image to capture a younger listener base.

Rebel Wilson

Apparently, Rebel Wilson attempted to both lie about her age and embellish her backstory. Wilson claimed to be in her twenties and created an elaborate biography of herself as a down-and-out Sydney teen who went to Africa, cavorted with leopards, and got malaria. In a malaria-induced haze, she had a vision of herself winning an Academy Award and rapping her acceptance speech.

But a little digging proved that Wilson had a relatively normal middle-class upbringing, and business records indicated she was 35 at the time, not 29 as she had claimed. Wilson went on to sue a newspaper publisher who, she asserts, painted her as a serial liar and cost her acting work because of the "outing." The court ruled in her favor in June 2017.

Nicki Minaj

After Nicki Minaj broke into the hip-hop world, she claimed she was born in 1984. But when Minaj was arrested in 2011 after a physical altercation with an unnamed party, the subsequent police report revealed her true age. Minaj was actually born in 1982.

Jessica Chastain

With multiple Oscar nominations and a resume that gets more impressive with each film, Jessica Chastain could well become the next Meryl Streep. But unlike Streep, who is frank about her age, Chastain is a bit less forthcoming. Her intentions for doing so are, she says, in service of her craft: "I will never say my age because I'm an actress, and I want to play different ages," she told The Independent in 2013.

For those who are curious, her birth records verify Chastain was born in 1977.

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 05:40:15 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-who-lied-about-their-ages/donn-saylor
<![CDATA[These Former Nickelodeon Stars Have Said Some Pretty Nasty Things About Their Time At Nick]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/nickelodeon-stars-who-dislike-nickelodeon/carly-silver?source=rss

It's not easy to grow up, and that's doubly true for children in the limelight. Maybe that's why so many former child stars end up publicly distancing themselves from their former TV homes. There are plenty of Disney stars who turned on Disney, and these Nickelodeon stars who turned on Nickelodeon prove that the problem isn't limited to just one studio.

Stories from former Nick stars imply that the network endorsed bullying, put actors through rigorous schedules at a young age, and supported really awful jokes. The list of Nickelodeon actors who dislike Nick range from members of the new generation like Jennette McCurdy and Ariana Grande to old school stars like Marc Summers.

Where are Nick celebs now? A lot of them went on from shows you kind of remember to successful careers; others seem to have dropped out of public life entirely. But a number of them have some choice words for their onetime employer.

These Former Nickelodeon Stars Have Said Some Pretty Nasty Things About Their Time At Nick,

Alasdair Gillis

In Slimed!: An Oral History of Nickelodeon's Golden AgeAlasdair Gillis, star of You Can't Do That On Television, recounted how Nick writers made some pretty questionable jokes. "There are some things I might question in retrospect – fat jokes... probably not the healthiest thing for kids," he said.

Devon Werkheiser

Devon Werkheiser, star of Ned's Declassified School Guide, loved his time on the Nick TV show. But in a Reddit AMA, he revealed he wished the network would have gotten behind its program more. Werkheiser said, "I thought they could have promoted our show more compared to the other shows that got more attention. I also would have liked to have been used more by them, for the award shows and stuff like that."

Drake Bell

Drake Bell might not be keen on his former co-star Josh Peck these days, but the Drake & Josh actor still keeps tabs on what Nickelodeon is doing. He noted that an episode of the show Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn called "Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn Go Hollywood" sounded remarkably similar to a D&J movie called Drake and Josh Go Hollywood. Bell didn't seem crazy about his ex-network ripping off his own show.

Jennette McCurdy

Jennette McCurdy, one of the stars of Sam & Cat, didn't feel supported by Nickelodeon when she got into a sensitive situation. When provocative photos of McCurdy leaked in 2014, rumor had it that Nick shamed her for the pictures.

McCurdy didn't attend that year's Kids' Choice Awards, explaining on Twitter, "I was put in an uncomfortable, compromising, unfair situation (many of you have guessed what it is) and I had to look out for me. I chose to not go because sticking up for what is right and what is fair is what my mom taught me is ALWAYS the most important thing."

The star later clarified that the situation had nothing to do with the pictures; rather, she was fed up with how the studio treated her in general.

Marc Summers

You might remember Marc Summers as the host of the Nick game show Double Dare. But the face of one of Nickelodeon's biggest '90s hits apparently doesn't think much of the channel, as he explained in 2013:

"Their network is going in the dumper. Disney beats it. They have no idea what they’re doing. They put on a bunch of cartoons and stuffed animals instead of real human beings that other people can associate with... the creative people are gone. It’s become a ‘how much money can we make from this merchandise’ and ‘how many tours can we put out and steal money from the parents.’"

Melissa Joan Hart

Melissa Joan Hart has been in the spotlight since starring in the '90s classic Clarissa Explains It All. But the show that launched her career was also pretty tough on her personally. She recalled:

"I was moved to Orlando to shoot the show for part of the year by myself. It was tough on one hand because my family was away from me. It made me grow up really fast and learn responsibility... We worked six-day weeks so it was a lot to handle. I think it set me up to be really responsible and have a great work ethic, which my family always did and they instilled that in me. But I think that working on the show definitely had an impact."

Nat Wolff

Actor/musician Nat Wolff made his name starring in the Nickelodeon show The Naked Brothers Band. When talking to Vanity Fair, though, he was frank about what he thought of the channel's other offerings:

"Most of the Nickelodeon shows are pretty bad, but that show is good! Cool people randomly come up to me, who I never thought would watch the show, to say that they watch it."

Steve Burns

Steve Burns became a household name thanks to the animated show Blue's Clues – so why did he suddenly leave the show? As it turns out, he was going bald and wasn't 100% confident in the way Nickelodeon would handle it. He said, "I kind of looked around and I'm like – the people who decided that I should wear these pants are not going to choose a wig with any dignity for me. It's just not going to happen."

Ashley Argota

True Jackson, VP, star Ashley Argota may have been held back by Nickelodeon executives. Though she went on to star in a few Disney Channel series that allowed her to sing, when asked by a fan on Twitter why she never showcased her vocals on Nick, she replied, "[Nickelodeon] never gave me the opportunity."

Ariana Grande

Pop superstar Ariana Grande got her start on the Nickelodeon comedies Victorious and its spin-off Sam & Cat. But shedding her kid star image wasn't easy. Grande told People that while starring in the shows was "a blessing and one of my childhood dreams come true," the experience was also "a little frustrating."

"For a long time I was attached to a character that was nothing like myself," Grande said. Sam & Cat was canceled after one season – maybe a blessing in disguise.

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 03:06:37 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/nickelodeon-stars-who-dislike-nickelodeon/carly-silver
<![CDATA[Hollywood Sexism: These Actresses Are Opening Up About The Auditions That Took Things WAY Too Far]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/actresses-talk-about-sexist-auditions/rebecca-shortall?source=rss

Most actors dream of never auditioning again. They fantasize about not having to sit in waiting rooms, experiencing an Emma Stone in La La Land moment, surrounded by carbon copies of themselves. They pray for the days of being free of the whims of distracted casting agents, hack directors, and pig-headed producers who toss out sexism during auditions like dogs pissing on another dog's piss. 

Thus, for female actors, there's even more incentive to reach the dizzying heights of being "offer only" - avoiding sexism. The entertainment industry is rampant with skeevy encounters and gross dudes using their leverage to put young hopeful women in compromising positions. In the 2010s, a strong contingent of actresses began speaking out against entertainment industry sexism and their past experiences with it.  

Many an actress has experienced the institutionalized sexism that runs rampant in the industry, especially when they were just starting their careers. Many of them lost out on acting jobs because they failed to comply with the creepy requests of a leering dude behind a camera or desk. But it probably wasn't a great loss, because look at where they are now!

Check out all these famous actresses talking about Hollywood sexism and let's all bemoan the sad state of the entertainment industry. 

Hollywood Sexism: These Actresses Are Opening Up About The Auditions That Took Things WAY Too Far,

Charlize Theron

You'd think no one would try and mess with ass-kicking, Atomic Blonde star Charize Theron. Wrong. Theron told Marie Claire she was invited, at age 18, to audition at a casting director's house on a Saturday night: 

"He was in his Hugh Hefner pajamas; I go inside and he's offering me a drink, and I'm thinking, 'My god, this acting stuff is very relaxed.' But it soon becomes very clear what the situation was. I was like, 'Not going to happen! Got the wrong girl, buddy!'"

Chloë Sevigny

Directors and producers crossing the line seems to be a regular occurrence for actresses. Chloe Sevigny is no stranger to this situation. At a Cannes panel in 2016, Sevigny said

"I've had the, 'What are you doing after this?' conversation […] I've also had the, 'Do you want to go shopping and try on some clothes and, like, I can buy you something in the dressing room' [conversation]."

She added she was once told: “You should show your body off more. You shouldn't wait until you’re as old as this certain actress who had just been naked in a film, you should be naked on screen now."

Emmy Rossum

During 2017's Hollywood Reporter Comedy Actress Emmy Contender Roundtable, Emmy Rossum spoke up about one of her worst audition experiences. She regaled her fellow actresses with details about a cringe-inducing phone conversation: 

"My agent called me and was like, 'I'm so embarrassed to make this call, but there's a big movie and they're going to offer it to you. They really love your work on the show. But the director wants you to come into his office in a bikini. There's no audition. That's all you have to do.'"

Even if you're offer-only, you still have to go through the sexism ringer it seems. Worst of all, Rossum recalled her character never appearing in a bikini in the script. When one of her fellow comedians pointed out Rossum is naked regularly on Shameless, so her body is available for all to see, she replied, "He wanted to know if I was fat now. That was basically the question."

Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow talked to Elle about how, during the early stages of her career, she was often propositioned at the end of meetings and auditions by men in positions of power. She said, "When I was just starting out, someone suggested that we finish a meeting in the bedroom."

While Paltrow was able to sense something fishy was up, she acknowledged that not every actress would cotton on to the suspicious nature of this bedroom meeting as quickly: "I could see how someone who didn't know better might worry, 'My career will be ruined if I don't give this guy a blowjob!'"

Helen Mirren

Dame Helen Mirren named and shamed a sexist director who had the nerve to objectify her. In a 2007 interview, she put Michael Winner on blast for asking her to turn around so he could see every part of her body during an audition in 1964. Mirren said of the experience: "I was mortified and incredibly angry. I thought it was insulting and sexist, and I don't think any actress should be treated like that — like a piece of meat — at all." 

Lisa Rinna

Former actress and current Real Housewife of Beverly Hills Lisa Rinna lost out on a role at age 24 because she refused to give it up to the producer. Rinna told PopEater

“I lost a role on a BIG TV series because I wouldn't bend over a chair in a producers' office for ‘just a quickie.’ […] ‘Just pull your panties down and bend over and the role is yours’ he said to me.”

Susan Sarandon

In 2012, Susan Sarandon opened up to Elle about being sexually assaulted at an audition early in her career:

“It was not successful — for either of us […] I just went into a room, and a guy practically threw me on the desk. It was my early days in New York, and it was really disgusting. It wasn't like I gave it a second thought, it was so badly done.” 

Thandie Newton

British actress Thandie Newton was taken advantage of as a teenager, while getting her career off the ground. As quoted from CNN

"'There was one horrific incident where I went back for a second audition,' she said. 'The director asked me to sit with my legs apart; the camera was right positioned where it could see up my skirt.'

Newton said the director told her to 'put my leg over the arm of the chair, and before I started my dialogue, think about the character I was supposed to be having the dialogue with and how it felt to be made love to by this person.'"

Newton later found out the director had been showing the footage at parties.

Zoe Kazan

In an interview with the Guardian in 2017, Zoe Kazan spoke out about sexual harassment on film sets, and said institutionalized misogyny can be found in basically every facet of the industry, including the audition process. Speaking about the constant sexualization of herself and fellow actresses, Kazan said: 

“I have a lot of girlfriends who are amazing actors, and many times we’ve talked about having to go into a room and give ‘blowjob eyes.' You know, be flirty with a director or a producer. It’s the sense that your sexuality is somehow baked into this situation."

Kazan, who is the granddaughter of Hollywood and Broadway legend Elia Kazan (director of A Streetcar Named Desire and On the Waterfront), also talked about the way she's asked to present herself for the casting directors, saying:

"... there’ll be auditions where they’ll say, ‘Wear something body-conscious’ and then you’re aware that they’re checking out your body.You leave the situation feeling not good about what just happened, but you don’t really have the language for why. You feel like, if you said something, it would reflect badly on you.”"

Anna Kendrick

Anna Kendrick may be an Oscar-nominated actress, but she still takes a passenger seat to her male co-stars during the audition process. She told Glamour

“There’s [a film I’m considering] now where I have to wait for all the male roles to be cast before I can even become a part of the conversation. Part of me gets that. [But] part of me is like, ‘What the f*ck? You have to cast for females based on who’s cast as males?'” 

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 08:03:55 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/actresses-talk-about-sexist-auditions/rebecca-shortall
<![CDATA[We Found Photos Of Every Nazi Corpse We Could]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/pictures-of-nazi-leaders-after-death/kellie-kreiss?source=rss

Nearly ten months after Nazi Germany announced its complete surrender to Allied forces, which officially marked the end of World War II, the fate of the remaining Nazi officials was finally determined. The Nuremburg Trials brought 10 of the highest ranking Nazi party members to justice for "crimes against peace, crimes of war, and crimes against humanity" that they committed throughout the duration of WWII. On October 1, 1946, a total of 12 Nazi leaders were condemned to death by hanging. Two of the 12 actually managed to escape this fate - one died by suicide and the other died while trying to run away.

Because the impact of the Nazi regime had shaken the world, people wanted to make sure they documented the deaths of any Nazi party members that they could through pictures. In addition to the executed convicted Nazis, soldiers took photos of the bodies of Nazi leaders whenever they could. Adolf Hitler himself was photographed after his suicide. Compiled below are all the Nazi corpse photos you can find. Check them out to bear witness to the end of a horrifying, genocidal regime. 

We Found Photos Of Every Nazi Corpse We Could,

Adolf Hitler

Alfred Jodl

Alfred Rosenberg

Anton Dostler

Fritz Sauckel

Hans Frank

Heinrich Himmler

Joachim von Ribbentrop

Wilhelm Frick

Wilhelm Keitel

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 01:50:40 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/pictures-of-nazi-leaders-after-death/kellie-kreiss
<![CDATA[Country Singers You Didn't Know Use Stage Names]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/country-singers-with-stage-names-v1/ranker-music?source=rss

This list contains information on country singers with stage names, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Country singers with stage names come in many forms. Some famous country stars changed their names due to marriage while other country pseudonyms were developed to create a catchy stage name. A few famous country singers simply use their middle names.

Who will you find on this top country singers with stage names list? Shania Twain lands at the top. Shania Twain was born Eilleen Regina Edwards. Her mother remarried when she was young, giving her the last name Twain and she changed her first name to Shania when she started her career in Nashville. Tim McGraw was born Samuel Timothy Smith. When he was 11, he learned that his birth father was the baseball player, Tug McGraw.

McGraw's wife Faith Hill also changed her name. The “This Kiss” singer's real name is Audrey Faith Perry. Other famous country singers with fake names include Toby Keith, Garth Brooks, and Patsy Cline.

Would you ever consider changing your name? Take a look at this list and share your thoughts in the comments section.

Country Singers You Didn't Know Use Stage Names,

Faith Hill

Faith Hill was born Audrey Faith Perry. She married Daniel Hill in 1988 (divorced in 1994) and took his last name. She dropped the Audrey and the rest is history.


Garth Brooks

Garth Brooks' real first name is Troyal, just like his dad.


Hank Williams

Hank Williams was born Hiriam Williams.


John Denver

John Denver's real name is Henry John Deutschendorf Jr.


LeAnn Rimes

LeAnn Rimes was born Margaret LeAnn Rimes in Jackson, Mississippi in 1982.


Luke Bryan

Luke Bryan was born Thomas Luther Bryan.


Patsy Cline

Patsy Cline was born Virginia Patterson Hensley. She married Gerald Cline in 1952.


Shania Twain

Shania Twain was born Eilleen Regina Edwards. Her mother remarried when she was young, giving her the last name Twain and she changed her first name to Shania when she started her career in Nashville.


Tim McGraw

Tim McGraw was born Samuel Timothy Smith. When he was 11, he learned that his birth father was the baseball player, Tug McGraw.


Toby Keith

Toby Keith performs using his first and middle names. His last name is actually Covel.


Fri, 14 Jul 2017 06:38:44 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/country-singers-with-stage-names-v1/ranker-music
<![CDATA[14 Forgotten Stars Who Got Stuck Slumming It On The Hallmark Channel]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/former-stars-who-do-hallmark-movies-now/anncasano?source=rss

Whatever happened to '90s stars Dean Cain, Tori Spelling, and Lacey Chabert? All three actors are still actively working in show business and are just a few famous people who do Hallmark shows and movies. People harbor a lot of preconceived notions about Hallmark's made-for-television movies, from, “They’re too cheesy,” to, “They’re basically the same story over and over again.” You may be surprised to know that those movies are actually doing well. In fact, in 2016, only one entertainment site in the top 15 had an increase in ratings of double digits, and that was the Hallmark Channel. It saw an impressive 10% spike.

What is it that draws viewers to these made-for-TV movies? Whatever it is, Hallmark has created a formula so successful that the company has expanded its number of releases and produced 90 new TV movies for 2017. All those movies need actors, and a good handful of them are actually former '90s stars you may be surprised to see. Check out these popular actors who now do cheesy TV movies in the list below. But don’t judge - these actors are making a great living and extending their show business career, all while entertaining millions of happy television viewers. 

14 Forgotten Stars Who Got Stuck Slumming It On The Hallmark Channel,

Autumn Reeser

Autumn Reeser's breakout role came in 2005 during the last two seasons of The OC. Reeser played the socially awkward Taylor Townsend. She would go on to appear in HBO's Entourage and ABC's No Ordinary Family. Over the past several years, Reeser has starred in several Hallmark romantic comedies, including Valentine Ever After and I Do, I Do, I Do.


Candace Cameron-Bure

You probably know Candace Cameron-Bure best for her stint as DJ Tanner on Full House. The actress appeared on the hit comedy for eight seasons and reprised her role in the Netflix sequel Fuller House in 2016. Between her gigs as the oldest Tanner girl, Candace has appeared in numerous made-for-television movies, including Hallmark's Christmas Under Wraps and Let It Snow. She is also a best-selling author and a former co-host on The View

Danica McKellar

Danica McKellar will always be synonymous  for her role as Kevin Arnold's dream girl, Winnie Cooper, in the landmark coming-of-age series, The Wonder Years. However, McKellar is not just a pretty face - she graduated summa cum laude from UCLA with a degree in Mathematics. She even proved a new math theorem that laymen will certainly never understand called the Chayes-McKellar-Winn Theorem. 

The San Diego native has made appearances in several television shows since her Wonder Years days, including stints on The West Wing, NYPD Blue, and The Big Bang Theory. She has also carved out a niche in made-for-TV movies like Hallmark's Crown For Christmas.

Dean Cain

Dean Cain turned to acting after sustaining a career-ending injury. Originally a football player, he signed with the Buffalo Bills straight out of college, but hurt his knee before his NFL career even began. He got the gig as Superman/Clark Kent in the TV series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman and starred as the Man of Steel for four seasons. More recently, Cain has appeared in several movies for the Hallmark Channel, including starring roles in 15 holiday movies alone. 

Jack Wagner

Jack Wagner was a soap opera king in the 1980s and '90s. He played rocker Frisco Jones on the daytime series, General Hospital, then switched over to the nighttime for five seasons with his portrayal of Dr. Peter Burns on Melrose Place. In between those soap gigs, Wagner had a hit on the pop charts with the tune, "All I Need." The scratch golfer now does most of his acting work for the Hallmark Channel. He currently stars in the original Hallmark series, When Calls the Heart. Wagner has also appeared in several Hallmark movies, including My Gal Sunday and Castle.

Julie Benz

Of all the brutal murders that have occurred on television, perhaps none came as more of a bloody shock than the death of Rita Morgan (played by Julie Benz) during the Season 4 finale of Dexter. Benz also appeared on Hawaii Five-O for two seasons and on the short-lived drama, Training Day. The actress has starred in several Hallmark movies, including Held Hostage and Charming Christmas

Lacey Chabert

Lacey Chabert played the youngest Salinger orphan in the 1990s heavy drama, Party of Five. In 2004, she nearly stole the show as Gretchen Wieners (who is still trying to make fetch happen) in the comedy hit, Mean Girls. Then, for whatever reason, Chabert's Hollywood career began to stall. The actress turned to starring in movies for Hallmark, including the popular titles Family For Christmas and All of My Heart.

Lori Loughlin

Lori Loughlin is best known for her role as Uncle Jesse's (John Stamos) girlfriend-turned-wife on Full House. She is also part of the Netflix sequel series, Fuller House. The actress has appeared on several televisions shows as well, such as Summerland and as Jerry's girlfriend on the iconic Seinfeld episode, "Serenity Now." However, Loughlin has found her biggest post-Full House success on the Hallmark Channel with several starring roles, including 2016's Every Christmas Has a Story.

Natasha Henstridge

Natasha Henstridge burst onto the scene as a genetically engineered alien-human hybrid in science fiction film, Species, which spawned two sequels. The Canadian actress also had roles in The Whole Nine Yards, The Whole Ten Yards, and Ghost of Mars. The model-turned-actress's filmography also includes several starring turns for both Hallmark and Lifetime, such as 2012's A Christmas Song

Teri Polo

Teri Polo is probably best known for her role opposite Ben Stiller as Pam Byrnes-Focker in the movie comedy trilogy, Meet the Parents. The former ballet dancer has also appeared in several television series, including a recurring role on The West Wing and a current stint on the ABC Family series, The Fosters. Polo has starred in several Lifetime and Hallmark Channel movies, including the thriller Taken for Ransom and The Christmas Shepherd.

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 09:28:34 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/former-stars-who-do-hallmark-movies-now/anncasano
<![CDATA[The Worst Artists to Win a Grammy Award]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-artists-with-grammy-awards/ranker-music?source=rss

Unlike the best artists who never won a Grammy, these are the worst artists to win a Grammy Award. Featuring rappers, DJs, bands, groups, and singers who should not have won a Grammy, this list of the worst Grammy winners makes award shows seem more like a popularity contest than a ceremony for music excellence. Which artists did not deserve to win a Grammy?

Although The Chainsmokers's album Memories...Do Not Open is considered as one of the worst albums of 2017, the electronic music duo won their first Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording for their hit single "Don't Let Me Down." Other so-called bad artists with Grammys include Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, Meghan Trainor, and Lorde.

Vote up the worst artists to ever win a Grammy Award. Feel free to add any other undeserving Grammy winners missing from the list.

The Worst Artists to Win a Grammy Award,

Chris Brown

2011: Best R&B Album - F.A.M.E.


2015: Best Dance Recording - "Where Are Ü Now"

2015: Best Dance/Electronic Album - Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü


2011: Best Rap/Sung Collaboration - "All of the Lights"

2011: Best Rap Song - "All of the Lights"

2009: Best Pop Performance By a Duo or Group with Vocals - "I Gotta Feeling"

2009: Best Pop Vocal Album - The E.N.D.

2009: Best Short Form Music Video - "Boom Boom Pow"

2006: Best Pop Performance By a Duo or Group with Vocals - "My Humps"

2005: Best Rap Performance By a Duo or Group - "Don't Phunk with My Heart"

2004: Best Rap Performance By a Duo or Group - "Let's Get It Started"


2012: Record of the Year - "Somebody That I Used To Know"

2012: Best Pop Duo/Group Performance - "Somebody That I Used To Know"

2012: Best Alternative Music Album - Making Mirrors

Milli Vanilli

1990: Best New Artist - Girl You Know It's True

Justin Bieber

2015: Best Dance Recording - "Where Are Ü Now"

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

2013: Best New Artist - The Heist

2013: Best Rap Performance - "Thrift Shop"

2013: Best Rap Album - The Heist


2015: Best Dance Recording - "Where Are Ü Now"

2015: Best Dance/Electronic Album - Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü

2012: Best Dance Recording - "Bangarang"

2012: Best Dance/Electronica Album - Bangarang

2012: Best Remixed Recording, Non-classical - "Promises (Skrillex & Nero Remix)"

2011: Best Dance Recording - "Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites"

2011: Best Dance/Electronica Album - Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites

2011: Best Remixed Recording, Non-classical - "Cinema (Skrillex Remix)"

Meghan Trainor

2015: Best New Artist - Title

The Chainsmokers

2017: Best Dance Recording - "Don't Let Me Down"

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 04:40:58 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-artists-with-grammy-awards/ranker-music
<![CDATA[The Rudest Celebrities In Hollywood, According To The Fans Who've Met Them]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/rudest-celebs-according-to-fans/carly-silver?source=rss

Even the rich and famous get fed up sometimes. It's understandable that Hollywood stars get annoyed when paparazzi get in their faces, but you'd think they'd be a bit more patient when they have encounters with fans. Unfortunately, some of these famous people were apparently even jerks before they were famous. These are the rudest celebrities according to fans.

Fan stories about rude celebrities can be pretty shocking. Consider the case of A-list actor Christian Bale, who reportedly makes children start bawling. Musician Morrissey has nothing but ill wishes for people who send him fan mail, while heartthrobs like Justin Bieber and Robert Pattinson seem to be new-generation nasty towards the adoring masses who made them famous.

Are the pressures of fame simply too much, or do these celebrities secretly hate their fans? Whatever the case, these terrible encounters with rude stars will make you gasp.

The Rudest Celebrities In Hollywood, According To The Fans Who've Met Them,

Adam Levine

Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine charms audiences on The Voice, but he isn't always so kind to his fans. According to a Reddit thread, a fan once asked him for an autograph, but Levine refused. He supposedly responded, "I don't give autographs to ugly chicks."

Catherine Zeta-Jones

One woman remembers going to an advanced screening of The Mask of Zorro at the age of eight. She excitedly told Catherine Zeta-Jones that she wanted to be an actress at the after party, and that's when things got awkward fast:

"She turned to me, looked me up and down, and said 'You're pretty enough, I suppose,' then went back to her conversation... In many ways, I think of that moment as the turning point when I went from feeling at ease in the world to constantly thinking about how everyone was judging me on my appearance."

Christian Bale

Christian Bale is infamous for being rude on set, but apparently he's not great off-set either. His former publicist said that Bale is awful when approached by fans. Reportedly, he'd "lecture little girls about being rude and intrusive until tears streamed down their faces, and their parents tugged them away from our table."

Bale allegedly even responded to a fan by saying he should be "eliminated," and "A screwdriver thrust thru the eyeball into the brain prevents any screaming. Let me know how it goes."

Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera might be a vocal powerhouse, but rumors have it she hasn't always been nice to her fans. While she was a judge on The Voice, Aguilera told off a contestant for not paying super-close attention to her critiques, and repeatedly asked a male singer to take his pants off.

Apparently that attitude doesn't stop when the fans are famous themselves. Actress Valerie Bertinelli once she approached Aguilera at a concert to say, "Oh my God, I think you're a beautiful singer."' Aguilera reportedly rudely brushed her off.

Jared Leto

When he isn't acting, Jared Leto performs with his rock band Thirty Seconds to Mars. But his patience is apparently short when he's onstage. When one fan didn't know all the lyrics to his songs at a 2011 concert, he gave her the middle finger.

Lea Michele

Fans of British TV show This Morning were dismayed when Glee star Lea Michele abruptly left a taping. On her way out, she quickly shook the hosts' hands and fled the set without really having a conversation with them.

Actress Hailee Steinfeld also met Michele when she was a teen; when she asked for an autograph, Michele walked right by her.

Rachael Ray

Guests to Rachael Ray's TV shows have reported the famous chef isn't quite so warm in person. One review on TripAdvisor claimed:

"When she came out to greet the audience, she was cold, even seemingly annoyed that she had to do the show... She complained! She rolled her eyes and was not at all the perky, spunky personality we've come to know on her show. After a few tapings we were able to see how she acted with her attentive staff. That was by far the most disheartening. She was firm – yes, but the real problem was her ungrateful attitude."

Tobey Maguire

Tobey Maguire was once voted the worst autograph signer in Hollywood, with some claiming that he's too "wrapped up in his own egotistical web" to interact with fans.

The stories get weirder. At a high-stakes poker game in 2014, Maguire reportedly offered a woman a thousand-dollar chip, but only if she got on a desk and barked like a seal. When she refused, he retorted, "I’m not kidding. What’s wrong? You’re too rich now? You won’t bark for a thousand dollars? Wowwww... you must be really rich."

Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber's cherub image has been somewhat tarnished by his questionable behavior. He told one female fan that she was "the worst" in 2017, and yelled at fans talking during a 2016 concert. Bieber also supposedly spat on fans beneath his Toronto hotel room in 2013, though a rep later claimed, "Justin didn't spit on anyone. No fans were below the balcony."

Ariana Grande

In 2013, Dan O'Connor and his daughters, Jen and Kelly, were set to meet Ariana Grande after Jen had won a contest. After a long day of being shuffled around, they finally met Grande – and she reportedly only spent 15 seconds with them. They took a few photos, but Grande demanded that they be deleted.

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 04:29:01 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/rudest-celebs-according-to-fans/carly-silver
<![CDATA[16 Famous Manga Artists That Started With Hentai]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/manga-artists-who-have-drawn-hentai/ranker-anime?source=rss

You may be shocked to find out that the artist behind your favorite manga used to work on hentai (AKA anime porn). But then again, maybe not. A lot of their mainstream work is already pretty busty, with all of the panty-shots readers usually see in an ecchi manga or anime. Not all of them started in the hentai genre, though several just seem to do it on the side for their own purposes. Some of them have even enjoyed much of their success on their hentai endeavors, which has allowed them to pursue less naked projects.

However, there are few wild cards who have surprisingly dipped their pen in the X-rated ink once or twice in their career. A pen name is a staple amongst the authors on this list, keeping their more lewd endeavors separate from their other work. This is most likely part of the reason people are caught off-guard when they put two and two together. Check out the artists who have dabbled in hentai art at some point in their career below. 

16 Famous Manga Artists That Started With Hentai,

Kazushi Hagiwara

Hagiwara first got into the game by being the assistant to hentai artist Dirty Matsumoto, a gig that isn't very surprising when you consider all the naked women in his later work, Bastard!!. Despite his past experience in drawing hentai, he has focused more on works outside of the genre, like the anime Endride, which he helped design alongside the Rurouni Kenshin artist, Nobuhiro Watsuki.  

Kouta Hirano

Before he made it big with the supernatural epic, Hellsing, Hirano started out with some minor, but popular, hentai works by the name of Angel Dust and Coyote. While most authors tend to separate their NSFW and SFW titles, Hirano actually used a couple characters from these mature doujinshi in Hellsing. His hentai background doesn't seem too surprising when his self-stated hobbies include "playing with myself."

Masamune Shirow

Even artists behind some of the most ground-breaking work in the manga industry have drawn their fair share of naked, sweaty bodies. Masamune Shirow of the award-winning Ghost in the Shell and Appleseed illustrated some very adult comics and posters under the title "Galgrease," a name that comes from the shiny (or "greasy") sheen to his characters. His published series have quite a few booklets to choose from, each with their own NSFW theme.

Noizi Ito

Noizi Ito is the prolific artist behind many adult games at the company, UNiSONSHIFT, including Nanatsuiro Drops and Peace@Pieces. She also illustrates alongside fellow artists in the group, Fujitsubo-Machine. On the SFW side of things, Ito is the character designer for the popular series Haruhi Suzumiya, Another, and Shakugan no Shana, in addition to her own manga, Bee-be-beat-it! 

Rei Hiroe

Rei Hiroe has not one, but two pen names for his adults-only content, calling himself "TEX-MEX" and "Red Bear." When he's not working on his popular Black Lagoon series (considered the best new seinen manga of 2008 by industry professionals), he draws some hentai doujinshi on the side, apparently involving even well-known characters like those from Sword Art Online.

Hanaharu Naruko

Hanaharu Naruko has been much busier in the manga field than the anime, though his character design for the series Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet is perhaps what he's most recognized for. Before he drew up the designs for the light novel and animation, he wrote and illustrated many hentai one-shots that were serialized in Comic Kairaku-ten. According to Anime News Network, his hentai anthology, Shoujo Material, was a bestseller, and even contained actual plots!

Shun Saeki

The illustrator behind the gourmet extravaganza that is Food Wars! is also an active member of the hentai doujinshi group, Hikakuteki Simple na Panty. This isn't all that surprising, considering how capable he is at turning a food manga into one of the most sensual stories in Shonen Jump.

Shouji Sato, AKA Inazuma - High School Of The Dead

The man behind the very busty zombie series, High School Of The Dead, and equally busty action work, Triage X, also contributed many NSFW illustrations. He was a regular artist for the adults-only website, Digital Accel Works, which houses mature artworks and doujinshi from a variety of authors. The beloved artist passed away in 2017, but he and his work will not be forgotten.

Toshihiro Ono - The Electric Tale Of Pikachu

That's right - the manga artist behind The Electric Tale of Pikachu is also a hentai artist. He creates his not-so-kid-friendly works under the pen name, "Kamirenjaku Sanpei."

Ito Ogure AKA Oh! Great - Air Gear

Perhaps most recognized by his award-winning series, Air Gear, Oh! Great has also lent his art to the anime series, Legend of Himiko, and the manga, Tenjho Tenge. The latter was so sexually explicit that publisher DC censored many of the panels, leaving anticipating fans upset over the many omissions. His heavy fan service crossed into the uncensored with his hentai manga series, Silky Whip and Naked Star, which are both collections of various short stories.

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 09:30:45 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/manga-artists-who-have-drawn-hentai/ranker-anime
<![CDATA[American Pie's Seann William Scott Can't Seem To Leave Stifler Behind Him]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/what-happened-to-seann-william-scott/evan-lambert?source=rss

The man who played Stifler was everywhere in the early 2000s, thanks to major roles in Final Destination, the classic dude stoner bromace Dude, Where's My Car?, and, of course, American Pie and all its sequels. He seemed set for a certain type of comedy fame, and even appeared in 2003's Old School alongside Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn, and Luke Wilson. But then he just kind of... disappeared. So, what happened to Seann William Scott?

Seann William Scott now is essentially just a jacked up, slightly more subdued version of his former self – and arguably, he hasn't lost any of his charm. But the last several years haven't always been a picnic. Scott spent a stint in rehab, and starred in a number of movies that bombed at the box office. His personal life didn't fare much better; he broke up with his fiancée in 2013.

Where is Seann William Scott? He's still in the movie business, even if you don't see him as much as you used to. 

American Pie's Seann William Scott Can't Seem To Leave Stifler Behind Him,

He Appeared In A TV Series About Baby Dolls

In 2013, Scott had a small speaking role in Timms Valley, which featured a hoard of re-animated baby dolls in a stop-motion primetime soap parody. Sadly, the show wasn't picked up by IFC.

Created by the writer of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, the show also featured the voices of Hank Azaria, Maria Bamford, Kumail Nanjiani, and many more.

He Played Stifler Yet Again

Despite being a third (and totally unnecessary) sequel to American Pie, 2012's American Reunion still made bank for Scott. Even at this point in the franchise, he was making millions more than his costars. While he expressed displeasure to MTV News in 2011 about having to play Stifler so often, he didn't seem to object to the financial payoffs.

He Went To Rehab

Scott voluntarily entered rehab in 2011 after building a career off of his party boy image. While he said it was to address his "health and personal issues," the decision hinted at possible substance abuse.

Whatever the truth, Scott left rehab within a month and quickly jumped into filming American Pie 4: American Reunion.

He Tried Being A Serious Actor

Scott tried to break away from his goofy screen persona with the Courteney Cox-directed dramedy Just Before I Go, but the 2015 movie failed to connect with both critics and audiences. While his role as a suicidal man tying up loose ends attracted some praise, the film didn't help his career along in any significant way.

He Bombed At The Box Office

Scott's career went up and down after the mid-2000s. Only a handful of his live-action movies were hits. The Promotion, a 2008 comedy co-starring John C. Reilly, only made $408,709 in limited release, while 2007's Southland Tales only made $275,380 against its $17 million budget.

He Got Into Voiceover Work

Scott has voiced Crash the Possum in the Ice Age franchise since 2006. It's a lucrative gig, but it's not like you immediately think "Seann William Scott" whenever you hear the character speak.

He Was In A Couple Of Well-Received Comedies – And Some Not-So-Well Received Ones

Even beyond Stifler, Scott seems to be a natural fit for comedy. In 2008, he co-starred in Role Models with Paul Rudd. The 2012 movie Goon, a hockey comedy written by Jay Baruchel and frequent Seth Rogen collaborator Evan Goldberg, garnered praise for its graphic violence and hilarious characters.

Of course, there were also comedies that didn't garner praise. Scott also did flicks like 2007's Mr. Woodcock and 2009's Balls Out: Gary the Tennis Coach, which failed to connect with audiences. Maybe that had something to do with their genital-focused posters.

He Almost Got Married

In 2013, Scott split with his fiancée, Victoria's Secret model Lindsay Frimodt, after less than two years of dating. It was apparently amicable.

Scott has been linked to women including Jaime King and January Jones, but rumors have swirled that he is gay. They might stem in part from a 2008 interview, in which he said he had "no desire" to date a "super hot actress."

He Was In Arguably The Worst Movie Of All Time

Warning: this clip contains bad language and even worse humor.

There's no way to defend playing even a small role in Movie 43, which at one point requires Kate Winslet to go on a blind date with Hugh Jackman, who has a pair of testicles attached to his neck. Many critics have dubbed it "the worst movie of all time."

Unfortunately, Scott appears in an astronomically unfunny segment as a dude-bro whose friend kidnaps an Irish little person, believing he's a leprechaun. The man proceeds to violently beat him up.

He Guested On It's Always Sunny

In 2013, Scott guest starred on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia as Mac's gay cousin, Country Mac. His character led to the gang realizing for the first time that Mac himself is gay.

Mon, 03 Jul 2017 09:21:44 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/what-happened-to-seann-william-scott/evan-lambert
<![CDATA[All Winners of RuPaul's Drag Race, Ranked]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/rupauls-drag-race-winners-ranked-best-to-worst/brandon-michaels?source=rss

After nine seasons and counting, RuPaul's Drag Race shows no signs of slowing down. Thanks to the national stage of reality television (and her over-the-top star power), RuPaul has launched the careers of over 100 queens. Eleven have claimed the title of America's Next Drag Superstar; two have entered the Drag Hall of Fame as All Stars. But out of all these queens wearing crowns, who rules the kingdom? Who are the very best winners of Drag Race?

It's not an easy choice. RuPaul's Drag Race winners are a fierce bunch. Maybe you're a fan of a more recent victor, like Bob the Drag Queen or Bianca Del Rio. Or maybe you prefer the queens who ruled All Stars, Chad Michaels and Alaska. And what about the first queen to win the crown, BeBe Zahara Benet? Her coronation arguably signaled the start of drag's entry into the mainstream. 

It's finally time to crown the Queen of Queens. Vote your pick for the best winner of RuPaul's Drag Race up to the top of the list!

All Winners of RuPaul's Drag Race, Ranked,

Raja Abel

Season 3

BeBe Zahara Benet

Season 1

Sharon Needles

Season 4

Roy Haylock

Season 6

Chad Michaels

All Stars Season 1

Alaska Thunderfuck 5000

All Stars Season 2

Jinkx Monsoon

Season 5

Bob The Drag Queen

Season 8

Violet Chachki

Season 7

Sasha Velour

Season 9

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 04:43:03 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/rupauls-drag-race-winners-ranked-best-to-worst/brandon-michaels
<![CDATA[Famous People You Didn't Know Were Pentecostal]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/pentecostal-celebrities/celebrity-lists?source=rss

Pentecostalism is a relatively young branch of the Christian church; it didn't crop up until the early 20th century. But still, a number of notable people have been raised as members of the Pentecostal church. Some famous Pentecostals are actors, while other Pentecostal celebrities are singers. Many famous Pentecostal celebs have dedicated their lives to politics.

Who will you find on this list of famous people you didn't know were Pentecostals? Megan Fox attended a Pentecostal church growing up, and even spoke in tongues during services. "The energy is so intense in the room that you feel like anything can happen. They’re going to hate that I compare it to this, but have you ever watched footage of a Santeria gathering or someone doing voodoo? You know how palpable the energy is? Whatever’s going on there, it’s for real," she said in an interview.

Denzel Washington's father was a Pentecostal preacher. "There's never been a time where God didn't direct, protect, and correct me. There may have been times where I was less than faithful to him, but he had faith in me," he said. Other famous Pentecostal celebrities include Al Green, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Michelle Williams.

Do you think that practicing the Pentecostal faith keeps these celebs centered? Take a look at this list and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

Famous People You Didn't Know Were Pentecostal,

Al Green

Soul legend Al Green is also a Pentecostal minister.

CeCe Winans

CeCe Winans grew up in the Pentecostal church and continues to practice the faith today. She still sings in church whenever she has the chance.

Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington's father was a Pentecostal preacher. "There's never been a time where God didn't direct, protect, and correct me. There may have been times where I was less than faithful to him, but he had faith in me," he said.

Duane Lee Chapman

Duane Lee Chapman's mother was devoutly Pentecostal. "I'm always with God appealing, and repenting, and making deals, and asking for help... if there's not a God then I guess I'm just light in the mind," he said.

Jerry Lee Lewis

Jerry Lee Lewis attended the Pentecostal Assemblies of God church growing up. "I was raised a good Christian, but I couldn't make it. Too weak I guess," he said.

John Ashcroft

John Ashcroft's career in politics was shaped by his Pentecostal faith.

Marvin Gaye

Growing up, Marvin Gaye was a member of the Black-Hebrew Pentecostal church the House of God. He often returned to the faith throughout his adult life.

Megan Fox

Megan Fox attended a Pentecostal church growing up, and even spoke in tongues during services. "The energy is so intense in the room that you feel like anything can happen. They’re going to hate that I compare it to this, but have you ever watched footage of a Santeria gathering or someone doing voodoo? You know how palpable the energy is? Whatever’s going on there, it’s for real," she said in a 2013 interview.

Vera Farmiga

Vera Farmiga's parents introduced her to Pentecostal Christianity at a young age. "I was raised in many different kinds of [churches]. I've sat in hundreds and hundreds of denominations. We traipsed around everywhere, we moved several times. But we went back and forth between holy days in the Ukrainian Catholic church, and Sundays at the local evangelical house of worship," she said.

Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams was raised in the Pentecostal church and she still practices the faith today. "I know for me, my calling is to inspire through my music. I know what my message content is supposed to be. Nobody wants to see me twirling from a pole. Nobody wants me to do the booty dance. I’m supposed to inspire and encourage and have fun while I do it," she said.

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:56:41 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/pentecostal-celebrities/celebrity-lists
<![CDATA[The Greatest Artists Who Have Never Won a Grammy]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/greatest-artists-without-grammy-awards/ranker-music?source=rss

Every year since 1959, the Grammy Awards recognize and honor the best musical achievements, performances, and artists. Sometimes, bad artists win Grammy Awards, too. However, even some of the greatest artists of all time have never won a Grammy. While many were nominated, these artists never got the chance to recite their Grammy acceptance speech. Not including being awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, the following groups, rappers, bands, musicians, and singers have never won a Grammy during their career. 

Nominated 17 times during his 30-year career, Brian McKnight has the second most Grammy nominations without a win. Other popular Grammy nominated artists who have never won include Snoop Dogg (16 nominations), Nicki Minaj (10 nominations), and Katy Perry (13 nominations). 

Diana Ross, Bob Marley, Chuck Berry, and Jimi Hendrix are just a few examples of music icons who have never won a Grammy. Legendary bands with no Grammys include Queen, Journey, Kiss, and Guns N' Roses.

Vote up the best artists who have never won a Grammy Award. Feel free to add any artists who deserve to win a Grammy missing from the list. 

The Greatest Artists Who Have Never Won a Grammy,

Bob Marley

Nominations: 0

Chuck Berry

Nominations: 0

Diana Ross

Nominations: 12

Jimi Hendrix

Nominations: 1


Nominations: 1


Nominations: 4


Nominations: 0


Nominations: 7

The Who

Nominations: 2

The 77's

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 06:12:35 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/greatest-artists-without-grammy-awards/ranker-music
<![CDATA[13 Celebrities Who Have Been Nominated For Ludicrous Amounts Of Emmys And Never Won]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-with-the-most-emmy-nominations-and-no-wins/kevin-jacobsen?source=rss

The second Golden Age of Television has created such a glut of talent on television, many of the medium's best talents are taken for granted, and go unrewarded for superlative work. The biggest Emmy losers of all time are hardly losers; many of them are among the most recognized faces, and most respected talents, in the industry.

The Primetime Emmys has a reputation of rewarding the same shows and people year after year, the reverse side of which is, given the repetitive nature of the nominations, some actors, writers, directors, and producers have had the cruel fate of losing year after year, and hold the ignominious distinction of people with the most Emmy losses. Emmys history is littered with actors who have gone unjustly unrewarded. Here are 13 notable celebrities with the most Emmy nominations with no wins.

13 Celebrities Who Have Been Nominated For Ludicrous Amounts Of Emmys And Never Won,

Angela Lansbury

Angela Lansbury may be the unluckiest actor in Emmy history, suffering 17 losses with no wins in her illustrious career. The legendary actress was nominated 12 years in a row, from 1985 to 1996, for Murder, She Wrote, but notoriously never won. Throughout this period, she lost to the likes of Picket Fences's Kathy Baker, Cagney & Lacey's Tyne Daly and Sharon Gless, Sisters's Sela Ward, and thirtysomething's Patricia Wettig. 

Lansbury has also been nominated for various TV movies and specials. In 2005, she was nominated for guest starring in Law & Order: SVU and Law & Order: Trial by Jury. Lansbury bluntly quipped in 2016 that being without an Emmy "bothers the hell out of me."

Don Cheadle

Don Cheadle earned four Emmy nominations for his performance as Marty Kaan House of Lies, but lost each time. Actors who beat Cheadle from 2012-15 included Two and a Half Men's Jon Cryer, The Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons, and Transparent's Jeffrey Tambor. He was previously nominated for a variety of projects, including three TV movies (A Lesson Before Dying, The Rat Pack, and Things Behind the Sun), and a guest spot on ER

Elisabeth Moss

Elisabeth Moss picked up six Emmy nominations for her role as Peggy Olson on Mad Men, but never brought home the gold. The actress was also nominated in Best Limited Series/Movie Actress for Top of the Lake, and didn't win there, either. She has lost to a Damages's Glenn Close, Homeland's Claire Danes, How to Get Away with Murder's Viola Davis, The Big C: Hereafter's Laura Linney, and The Good Wife's Julianna Margulies and Archie Panjabi. Moss is nominated again in 2017 for her work as Offred in The Handmaid's Tale.

Hugh Laurie

Hugh Laurie never took home an Emmy for his most famous role, Dr. Gregory House in House. The British actor was nominated six times for Best Drama Lead Actor, but lost to actors like Friday Night Lights's Kyle Chandler, Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston, and Boston Legal's James Spader. He was nominated as a producer on House when it was nominated for Best Drama Series in 2009.

In 2016, Laurie was double-nominated for The Night Manager for Limited Series/Movie Supporting Actor and in Best Limited Series as a producer. A year later, he was nominated for his guest role on Veep.

Jason Alexander

The Television Academy nominated Jason Alexander's hilarious, self-deprecating performance as George Costanza on Seinfeld for seven years but, much like his character, he always came up short. From 1992-98, Alexander lost to Seinfeld co-star Michael Richards, Evening Shade's Michael Jeter, Frasier's David Hyde Pierce, and The Larry Sanders Show's Rip Torn. Additionally, he was nominated in 1994 for a guest role on Dream On.

Alexander referenced his past Emmy losses on Twitter in 2016, joking, "Dammit! Seven losses! I KNEW the Emmys were rigged!" Apparently he forgot how many times he was nominated?

Kevin Spacey

Kevin Spacey has two Oscars and no Emmys. He was first nominated for in 2008, for TV movie Recount, and has been nominated five times for his portrayal of Frank Underwood in House of Cards (as of 2017). He has also been nominated as a producer on House of Cards, which has received five nominations for Best Drama Series, with no victories.

Some of the actors Spacey has lost to include Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston, The Newsroom's Jeff Daniels, Mad Men's Jon Hamm, and Mr. Robot's Rami Malek. Spacey joked about his many Emmy losses in a 2017 tweet, writing, "If at first you don’t succeed, try try try try try try try try try try again! #Emmys2017"

Kristen Wiig

The Emmys loved Kristen Wiig on Saturday Night Live, but not enough to give her an award. She was nominated for four consecutive seasons, from 2009-12, as a main cast member, but lost to actresses such as Modern Family's Julie Bowen, Pushing Daisies's Kristin Chenoweth, and Glee's Jane Lynch. She was also nominated for lending her voice to The Looney Tunes Show in 2012, and for her comedic role in The Spoils of Babylon in 2014. She was nominated for hosting SNL in 2013 and 2017.

Michael C. Hall

Michael C. Hall's two most notable roles earned him several Emmy nominations, but no wins. He was first nominated in 2002, for playing David Fisher in Six Feet Under, and later earned five nominations for portraying Dexter Morgan in Dexter. He also received a nomination as a producer on Dexter, which was nominated for Best Drama Series in 2011. Hall earned many awards for his performance in Dexter, including a Golden Globe, a SAG Award and a Television Critics' Association Award, but never the Emmy.

Steve Carell

Steve Carell's beloved portrayal of Michael Scott on The Office earned him exactly zero Emmys. The actor was first nominated for Comedy Lead Actor for The Office's second season, in 2006, and received five subsequent nominations, with no wins. Carell lost to 30 Rock's Alec Baldwin, Extras's Ricky Gervais, The Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons, and Monk's Tony Shalhoub throughout this run. 

Carell became a producer for Season 4 of The Office, and was nominated alongside fellow producers when the show was nominated for Best Comedy Series from 2009-11, but the show never won in that stretch. 

Lena Dunham

Lena Dunham racked up several Emmy nominations over the course of three years, earning four in 2012 alone for Girls (for Best Comedy Series, Comedy Lead Actress, Comedy Directing, and Comedy Writing). She earned three more in 2013 for Series, Actress, and Directing, then one more for Actress in 2014.

Dunham lost to Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus every year she was nominated for Comedy Lead Actress. Multiple Girls actors picked up nominations after the Emmys dropped Dunham, including Adam Driver, Gaby Hoffmann, Peter Scolari, Becky Ann Baker, Riz Ahmed, and Matthew Rhys.

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 07:37:58 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-with-the-most-emmy-nominations-and-no-wins/kevin-jacobsen
<![CDATA[Famous People You Didn't Know Were Roman Catholic]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-roman-catholic-people/celebrity-lists?source=rss

Perhaps it's not surprising that so many actors, singers, and athletes were raised as members of the Roman Catholic church – it's the largest Christian church in the world. Some famous Roman Catholic celebs lit up the silver screen, while other Roman Catholic celebrities are musicians. Many famous Roman Catholics speak openly about how faith has impacted their lives.

Who will you find on this list of famous people you didn't know were Roman Catholic? Following her divorce from the famous Scientologist Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman found her way back to the Catholic Church. She married her current husband, Keith Urban, in a Roman Catholic ceremony. Katie Holmes also returned to the Catholic Church following her divorce from Tom Cruise. She reportedly attends the Church of St. Francis Xavier in New York City.

Mark Wahlberg has stated that his Catholic faith is "the most important" part of his life. "I don't try to push it on anybody and I don't try to hide it," he said. Other famous Roman Catholic celebs include Bradley Cooper, Denise Richards, and Sean Connery.

Which Roman Catholic celebrity do you think is the most religious? Take a look at this list and share your thoughts in the comments section.

Famous People You Didn't Know Were Roman Catholic,

Brooke Shields

Brooke Shields was raised Roman Catholic and she was confirmed in the church.

Catherine Zeta-Jones

Catherine Zeta-Jones is a practicing Catholic; her husband, Michael Douglas, is Jewish.

John Wayne

John Wayne ran in Catholic circles throughout his life. However, he did not convert to the religion until shortly before his death in 1979.

Julia Roberts

Julia Roberts was raised Catholic, but she converted to Hinduism as an adult. "I have no intention of demeaning any other religion simply because of my fondness for Hinduism. I don't believe in comparing religions or human beings. A comparison is a very mean thing to do. I have received real spiritual satisfaction through Hinduism," she said.

Katie Holmes

Just like Nicole Kidman, Katie Holmes returned to the Catholic Church following her divorce from Tom Cruise. She reportedly attends the Church of St. Francis Xavier in New York City.

Mark Wahlberg

Mark Wahlberg has stated that his Catholic faith is "the most important" part of his life. "I don't try to push it on anybody and I don't try to hide it," he said.

Mel Gibson

Mel Gibson has stated that he follows traditional Roman Catholic views, though he tries to be open minded about other religions. "It is possible for people who are not even Christian to get into the kingdom of heaven," he said.

Nicole Kidman

Following her divorce from the famous Scientologist Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman found her way back to the Catholic Church. She married her current husband, Keith Urban, in a Roman Catholic ceremony.

Sean Connery

Sean Connery is reportedly Roman Catholic, though he rarely discusses religion with the public.

Sophia Loren

Sophia Loren is a Roman Catholic and campaigned for the beatification of Pope John Paul II. "I jealously keep the memory of John Paul II in my heart. It is a daily memory. I went to the tomb of John Paul II in the Vatican to pay homage to him and pray, in order to show my great admiration and devotion," she said.

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:55:45 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-roman-catholic-people/celebrity-lists
<![CDATA[13 Presidents Who Lived Insane Lives Before Becoming President]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/things-that-happened-to-presidents-before-presidency/stephanroget?source=rss

Few professions in the world are as scrutinized and well-documented as the Presidency of the United States of America, so it might seem like every single aspect of all the former presidents' lives has already been covered. But sometimes there’s just as much interesting material from before they were president as there is from their time in the White House. It takes an extraordinary kind of person to run for the highest station in America, so it makes sense that extraordinary origin stories are the norm for Oval Office occupants.

Crazy presidential stories don’t just come from the White House or the campaign trail. They come from these men's childhoods, first jobs, and even romances. From wartime adventures to struggles with medical ailments, these future presidents had some unbelievable experiences. With all these examples, one thing is clear: if you haven’t had some wild stuff go down in your lifetime, you probably don’t have what it takes to be president.

13 Presidents Who Lived Insane Lives Before Becoming President,

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln is America's tallest president, measuring 6'4". He apparently used his size to his advantage before his presidency; Lincoln was a renowned wrestler in his youth, and there’s only one known record of him ever being defeated.

That fighting attitude went beyond the ring, too. On one occasion, when a political opponent challenged him to a duel, Lincoln accepted on the condition that they fight with broadswords. Fortunately, the fight didn't actually happen.

Andrew Jackson

Andrew Jackson has a well-earned reputation of being one of America’s toughest presidents. His nickname was Old Hickory, and he once beat a would-be armed assassin with his cane.

Jackson honed his hotheaded temperament fighting in multiple wars and several smaller martial engagements – namely, over 100 duels. Jackson was a bit duel-crazy, challenging anyone who dared call his, or his wife’s, honor into question. He was shot twice in the course of his dueling, and one time he actually killed his opponent.

George W. Bush

Although George W. Bush was a decent baseball player, he put most of his high school athletic attention towards cheerleading. In fact, Dubya was good enough at it that he was head cheerleader in his senior year at the Phillips Academy in Andover, MA. Unfortunately, Bush, Jr. never managed to maintain the same nimbleness when it came to public speaking.

Gerald Ford

Good looks aren’t an absolute necessity when it comes to running for president, but they certainly don’t hurt. Gerald Ford wasn’t much of a hunk by the time he reached the Oval Office in 1974, but he spent his youth as the perfect picture of masculinity. Ford was a football star and even dabbled in male modeling, which landed him a gig posing for a magazine cover illustration. That magazine was Cosmopolitan, which is better known today for its sex tips and personality quizzes.

Grover Cleveland

Few past occupations look more foreboding on a resume than “hangman,” but that’s one of the jobs Grover Cleveland did before becoming President of the United States. Cleveland served as the sheriff of Erie County, NY, from 1871-1874, and one of his duties was executing those assigned the death penalty. Cleveland could have delegated that particular duty, but instead he did it himself, hanging two men. Some praised Cleveland for his honor, while later political opponents tried to use the executions to label him as bloodthirsty. Cleveland was thereafter known as the "Hangman of Buffalo."

Herbert Hoover

Herbert Hoover and his wife Lou moved from California to China shortly after getting married in 1899; Hoover was to consult the Chinese Emperor on mining operations. The new job was interrupted when the Boxer Rebellion broke out in 1900, as rebels began a month-long siege of Tientsin, where the Hoovers were living. Hoover helped build barricades while Lou volunteered in a hospital, and some accounts claim that he managed to rescue some Chinese children and keep them safe from the urban warfare.

During his presidency, Hoover and Lou would reportedly speak in Chinese while in the White House to keep their conversations secret.

Jimmy Carter

Most politicians stay away from the topic of extraterrestrials. But Jimmy Carter claimed to have seen a UFO while serving as Governor of Georgia, and it didn’t stop him from eventually reaching the White House – although he would forever be known as the UFO President.

Carter said he saw a bright, unidentifiable object moving in the sky during October of 1969, and he claimed it was larger than the Moon from his perspective. He didn’t officially file his report until four years later. Carter promised to release any and all secret documents about UFOs when he became President, but he didn’t share a single file.

John F. Kennedy

John F. Kennedy would prove to be one of the most popular presidents, but he was an American hero long before he took the Oval Office. During World War II, Kennedy served on a patrol boat in the South Pacific. When a Japanese destroyer struck his craft, Kennedy led his crew to safety on a nearby island. He even towed an injured comrade all the way to shore by pulling the man’s lifejacket strap.

Richard Nixon

Given how his presidency ended, it makes a certain amount of sense that Richard Nixon was an expert at a game that relies on deception and bluffing. In his youth, Nixon was reportedly a fantastic poker player, learning his craft before entering the Navy and excelling at it throughout his time in the service.

Nixon reportedly earned enough playing cards that he funded his first congressional campaign in 1946 mostly with poker winnings.

Thomas Jefferson And John Adams Vandalized Shakespeare’s Property

Before either of their presidencies, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson struck up a friendship when they both found themselves living in England for a while. The two founding friends toured the country together taking in all of the history, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they had a great amount of respect for the past.

Adams and Jefferson visited the historic home of Shakespeare, where some of the Bard’s property was still on display. The two men chipped off a piece of Shakespeare’s chair to take home as a souvenir, vandalizing the belongings of one of England’s favorite sons.

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 02:45:59 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/things-that-happened-to-presidents-before-presidency/stephanroget
<![CDATA[Artist Reimagines Famous Historical Figures As Tattooed Rebels]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/artist-reimagines-famous-historical-figures-as-tattooed-rebels/rylee_en?source=rss

Have you ever thought about what some of the most glamorous stars from Old Hollywood would look like by today's beauty, style, and fashion standards? Sure, it might mean some of the more bodacious women would be expected to have slimmer waistlines because women's beauty standards seem to be on a never-ending crash course toward women becoming so slim they don't exist. But, there are also some positive, beautiful, and transgressive possibilities that can come from casting backward aesthetically. Artist Cheyenne Randall, who is based in Seattle, Washington, is doing just that with his art that re-imagines some of the most glamorous figures from history with body art.

According to his website, "Randall explores the identity of iconic individuals from yesterday and today," and he "blends traditional American culture with some of history's most celebrated Pop Icons" in his "'Shopped Tattoo' series." This series "calls to question the modern obsession with fame and glamor as well as the stigmas surrounding body modifications in today's societies." And the images, in their blending of pop culture, iconicity, and social stigma, are truly beautiful. Thankfully, Randall sells his prints, and you can have a full-sleeve Frida Kahlo of your very own... unless you're more of a Marilyn Monroe person, that is. She's there too.

Artist Reimagines Famous Historical Figures As Tattooed Rebels,

Audrey Hepburn

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Elizabeth Taylor

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Elvis Presley

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Frida Kahlo

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Lauren Bacall

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Marilyn Monroe

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James Dean

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Sophia Loren

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Lucy And Ricky Probably Would've Rocked A Few '50s Boats With His And Hers Art

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More Tattooed Marilyn Because Why Not More Tattooed Marilyn

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Tue, 25 Jul 2017 02:52:21 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/artist-reimagines-famous-historical-figures-as-tattooed-rebels/rylee_en
<![CDATA[Famous Members of the Anglican Church]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-members-of-the-anglican-church/celebrity-lists?source=rss

Faith is an important part of many people's lives, and a number of notable singers, athletes, and performers are members of the Anglican church. Anglican celebrities come in many forms. Some famous Anglican celebs are actors, while other Anglican celebrities are poets. Many famous Anglican celebs have dedicated their lives to spreading the faith.

Who will you find on this list of celebrities in the Church of England? Diana, Princess of Wales was baptized in the St. Mary Magdalene Anglican Church in Sandringham. She said, "I’m aware that people I have loved and have died are in the spirit world looking after me." George H. W. Bush is a devout Christian and follower of the Episcopalian/Anglican faith. He attends the St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston.

Politician John Kasich belongs to the Anglican St. Augustine in Westerville, OH. He was raised as a Catholic, but converted as an adult. "I drifted away from religion as a young adult. Then I looked up one day, and there was a huge hole in my life where God and religion had been," he said. Other famous people featured on this Anglican celebs list include Adam Ant, Reese Witherspoon, and Julie Andrews.

Are you surprised that so many famous people are Anglicans and Episcopalians? Take a look at this list and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

Famous Members of the Anglican Church,

Angela Lansbury

Angela Lansbury is a member of St. David's Anglican Church in North Hollywood, CA.

Cary Grant

Cary Grant is believed to have been Anglican, though he did not often speak publicly about religion.

Diana, Princess of Wales

Diana, Princess of Wales, was baptized in the St. Mary Magdalene Anglican Church in Sandringham. She reportedly said, "I’m aware that people I have loved and have died are in the spirit world looking after me."

Humphrey Bogart

Humphrey Bogart was raised Episcopalian/Anglican, but he didn't practice any specific religion as an adult. "Neither of my parents had any strong belief in God, but, like many parents, they sent their children to Sunday school, out of a vague sense that religion was a good thing for a kid," he said.

Jerry Garcia

Jerry Garcia's funeral was held at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in California.

Julie Andrews

Julie Andrews did not have a religious upbringing. However, her first marriage was held in an Anglican church.

J. K. Rowling

J. K. Rowling has said that Christianity helped to inspire her Harry Potter series. "To me, the religious parallels have always been obvious, but I never wanted to talk too openly about it because I thought it might show people who just wanted the story where we were going," she said.

Kate Winslet

Kate Winslet was raised Anglican, though her current beliefs are unknown.

Robin Williams

Robin Williams once shared his top 10 reasons for being an Episcopalian (or Anglican), including "you can believe in dinosaurs" and "free wine on Sunday."

Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt's wife, Edith, was Episcopalian, so the President often attended Anglican services. He was raised in the Dutch Reformed Church.

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:40:05 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-members-of-the-anglican-church/celebrity-lists
<![CDATA[16 Famous Bodies From History Found In Inconspicuous Places]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-historical-bodies-in-strange-places/brian-guthrie?source=rss

You might expect the locations where historical figures are buried to be grand. Royals like Anne Boleyn and Louis XIV seem destined for ornate coffins, and it's easy to assume great artists such as Leonardo da Vinci and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart would be interred in fittingly beautiful surroundings. But there are a surprisingly number of stories about historical figures buried in decidedly less glamorous places. Just consider Richard III – his remains were discovered in a parking lot.

How did the bodies of these notable individuals turn up in humble locations like construction sites? Some of that has to do with the reputation of the deceased. Throughout history, souvenir-hunters have made off with relics from the famous and dead. And then there are the sometimes despised rulers – there's nothing like a good revolution to ensure corpses go missing.

From a mysterious head discovered in an attic to entrails stuffed in a barrel, there's no shortage of bodies found in weird places. And these are just the famous people. Who knows how many other corpses have been lost to antiquity?

16 Famous Bodies From History Found In Inconspicuous Places,

Anne Boleyn

Anne Boleyn was the second wife of Henry VIII of England, and the mother of Elizabeth I. But that historical standing didn't warrant the onetime queen a decent burial.

After her beheading in 1536 – following almost certainly false accusations of adultery, witchcraft, incest, and conspiracy – Anne's body was buried in an unmarked grave in the Chapel of St. Peter ad Vincula in the Tower of London. Her corpse remained there until 1876, when parts of the pavement in the church collapsed. As workers lifted the pavement to repair it, they found remains later identified as Anne's. Her body has since been moved to a marked site within the chapel.

Edward V of England

Following his father's death in 1483, Edward V assumed the throne of England at the age of 12. His Uncle, the Duke of Gloucester, was appointed as his regent; he quickly deposed Edward and became Richard III. After his successful coup, Richard III locked Edward and his younger brother Richard up in the Tower of London, where they vanished from history. Legends arose about what became of the two boys. Some say they escaped; others believed they were brutally murdered in the Tower.

In 1674, workers remodeling the Tower stumbled onto two wooden boxes buried under steps leading to the White Chapel. They contained the remains of two boys assumed to be the missing brothers. No other examination was done until 1933, when further study declared the skeletons to be a close match to the missing boys.


Hatshepsut was one of the most successful pharaohs to reign over ancient Egypt. She ruled over a particularly prosperous time in Egypt, from around 1479-1458 BCE. Some of the monuments she built still stand to this day.

That didn't save Hatshepsut from nearly being wiped from history by her stepson after her death. Much of what she had built was destroyed or buried. Even her tomb wasn't safe; when archeologists opened it 1902, it was empty. A nearby tomb, however, contained two female bodies. One was identified as Hatshepsut's wet nurse, and the other remained a mystery.

In 2006, scientists decided to finally determine who the mystery woman was. The key to their research lay in a molar found in a box bearing Hatshepsut's name. They matched the tooth to the unidentified body, and concluded the remains likely belonged to Hatshepsut.

Henry IV of France

Henry IV was one of France's most popular kings, despite religious conflicts between the Protestant king and the Catholic church. He reigned from 1589 to 1610 and is most famous for issuing the Edict of Nantes, a religious freedom bill. But his life came to a bitter end when he was stabbed in the back by a Catholic fanatic. Henry was buried in the Basilica of Saint Denis in Paris. However, during the French Revolution and the subsequent desecration of the royal tombs, his body was disinterred.

What happened next is a bit of a mystery. Most claim his body was lost in the new burial trenches before the mixed remains were later exhumed and reinterred in the Basilica. His head was likely stolen by looters – but it eventually seemed to turn up in the attic of a tax collector in 2010.

Leonardo da Vinci

Not even the great Leonardo da Vinci was immune to the ravages of the French Revolution. The Italian artist's body was placed in a tomb in the chapel of Saint-Florentin at the Chateau d'Amboise in 1519, but the structure was looted and destroyed at the end of the 18th century.

It would take more than sixty years before someone found bones presumed to be da Vinci's buried nearby. A new tomb was built in the smaller chapel of Saint-Hubert during the 19th century, but a sign was hung over the tomb declaring doubts about the true identity of the remains. However, with the success of identifying other long-lost bodies using DNA, hope has arisen that the identity of the bones could finally be proven once and for all.

Louis XIV of France

Louis XIV, the Sun King, is one of the most famous kings in French history. He brought the court to glittering new heights of excess, and transformed Versailles from a hunting lodge into the sumptuous pleasure palace that still stands today.

Even in death, Louis seemed determined to outshine the kings and queens of the past. As was tradition, his body was divided into three parts – body, heart, and entrails – and interred in three different locations. The body was destroyed during the French Revolution, though erroneous accounts claimed it was preserved. The heart essentially disappeared, and no one knows what became of it.

Louis's third piece, his entrails, were interred in a barrel at Notre Dame. Unfortunately, the record of where exactly that barrel ended up remained a mystery for 200 years. Finally, though, historians were able to determine the entrails had been placed at the foot of the stairs leading to the sanctuary.

Richard III of England

Richard III gained quite the reputation during his two years on the English throne. He was appointed regent for his young nephew, Edward V, but soon deposed of the boy and his brother (and likely murdered them) and took the crown for himself. Richard's political adversaries didn't take too kindly to the new monarch; he was defeated and killed in battle against the future Henry VII in 1485.

Richard was made an example; his naked body was put on display as a warning before being buried in a Leicester church. The site was eventually rebuilt, and Richard's body disappeared until 2013. That's when an excavation at the locale – now a parking lot – turned up a skeleton. DNA testing proved its identity, and Richard was finally laid to rest in Leicester Cathedral in 2015.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Like many of the not-so-rich Europeans of his age, composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was buried in a common grave and later was moved to make room for more bodies. During one of these moves, his skull vanished. Presumably, it became a morbid souvenir, and passed through the possession of many different Viennese citizens before landing in the hands of anatomist Joseph Hyrtl. There, it presumably stayed, although no records of the skull can be found.

In 1902, a skull was donated anonymously to the Mozarteum, with a label marking it as Mozart's placed by Hyrtl. Multiple attempts have been made to properly identify the skull as Mozart's, though the results have been inconclusive. Whoever the skull belonged to, it was removed from display because of complaints by guests stating the skull emitted eerie music.

King Arthur Might Have Been Buried In A Log

The location of isle of Avalon, the mythical final resting place of King Arthur, has been the source of much debate and study throughout history. But has Arthur's tomb been in plain sight all along?

The monks of Glastonbury Abbey seem to believe so. According to one story, in 1191, a dying monk wished to be buried between two pyramid structures on the grounds of the abbey church. When the monks began digging, they found a grave 16 feet underground. It contained two bodies entombed in a log and a cross bearing the names of Arthur and Guinevere.

However, most historians and experts have dismissed the claims as a 12th century publicity stunt to raise money for the abbey.

Prince Alexei And Grand Duchess Maria Romanov Were Dumped In The Woods

The imprisoned Czar Nicholas II and his family were executed by Bolshevik forces on July 17, 1918. Their bodies were burned and doused with acid, and left in a birch grove outside of Yekaterinburg. But only nine bodies out of the supposed 11 people killed that night were uncovered. Prince Alexei's remains were missing, as were those of Grand Duchess Maria. Did the two children somehow escape?

They hadn't. In 2007, an amateur historian was exploring the birch grove when his prodder slipped through some brambles with a crunch. He had stumbled upon bone fragments, all that remained of Alexei and Maria.

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 02:13:28 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-historical-bodies-in-strange-places/brian-guthrie
<![CDATA[Some Historians Think These Historical Figures Died As Virgins]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/asexual-historical-figures/erin-wisti?source=rss

Awareness of asexuality has been rising in recent years, but this sexual orientation is nothing new. This orientation, marked by a lack sexual attraction, can be found throughout history. Asexual historical figures include philosophers, composers, artists, and writers. Famous asexual people in history often never married or had mostly sexless unions.

Even though these asexuals may have lacked the modern language to describe their orientation, many indicated their preferences in a way that reflects how they identified. Authors, inventors, celebrities, and political figures - history proves asexuals have always been among the general population.

This list of historical asexual icons is a reminder that human sexuality is as diverse as any other aspect of humanity and obviously was no hindrance to the capabilities of those listed. These figures already made the history books and now you know they were also asexual.

Some Historians Think These Historical Figures Died As Virgins,

Adolf Hitler

Adolf Hitler’s sex life has long been a subject of fascination and there has been a lot of speculation over the years about his relationship with Eva Braun. Some of those rumors are that he died a virgin who was uninterested in sex.

Another allegation is that Hitler was obsessed with hygiene to the point where sex was difficult for him. One maid of Hitler's claimed he was “not strongly sexed.” Due to the mudslinging of political propaganda, it's impossible to sift the truth out of what we know about Hitler's sexual orientation, but ambiguity has often been the trait of an asexual.

Edward Gorey

Edward Gorey was an illustrator and writer known for his quirky and morbid works of literature. He was also asexual. He never married or had children. While his work sometimes featured sexual themes, he once said in an interview that he was "reasonably undersexed." Like other asexuals he preferred to be known and understood outside of his sexuality saying, “I am a person before I am anything else.”

Emily Brontë

Emily Brontë was a very private person and as such it’s impossible to be entirely certain of her sexual orientation. Some Brontë scholars believe she died a virgin, never having had physical relationships with men or women. However, most Brontë scholars think that the content of her novels would suggest she may have been asexual, but she was not aromantic.

Florence Nightingale

Interestingly, though "the Florence Nightingale effect" is a situation where a caregiver develops an attraction to the patient they are caring for, the effect's namesake, Florence Nightingale, was likely asexual. The famous nurse never married and instead chose to devote her life entirely to her work. She even refused a marriage proposal from a suitor who had been pursuing her for years. 

Nightingale rarely discussed her personal life and the term “asexual” was not widely used at the time, but asexual activists and scholars strongly suspect she lacked sexual interest.

George Bernard Shaw

Renowned playwright George Bernard Shaw was a man far more interested in intellect than sex. He never consummated his marriage (also at the request of his wife, Charlotte Frances Payne-Townshend) and was a virgin until 29. Shaw told friends he appreciated the ability of sex to produce "a celestial flood of emotion and exaltation" but only as it compared to the "conscious intellectual activity" he strove for with his work.

H. P. Lovecraft

H.P Lovecraft was a beloved science fiction author. While his fantasy writing was often hyper-sexual, Lovecraft himself lacked much interest in physical intimacy. He was a virgin when he married at 33 and the relationship crumbled within three years due to Lovecraft's disinterest in sex. According to his wife, Lovecraft was squeamish at even the mention of the word "sex." 

Isaac Newton

Isaac Newton's supposed asexuality is based on his recorded behavior and lifestyle. He had strict religious views, never married, was obsessive in his scientific careers, and supposedly died a virgin. Whether he truly lacked sexual attraction or was simply too immersed in making massive scientific discoveries to have a sex life is unsure. 

J. M. Barrie

J.M. Barrie, the man who wrote Peter Pan into existence, was reportedly asexual. His marriage was never consummated and ended in divorce when his wife cheated on him. Because of his relationship with his neighbor children, and the subject matter of his books, some speculated Barrie was prone to pedophilia. Those who knew him closely vehemently deny Barrie ever exhibited such behavior. Instead his lack of sexual relationships was more likely due to his asexuality. 

Nikola Tesla

Nikola Tesla, the revolutionary engineer who was instrumental in the invention of electricity, also lived a life of celibacy typical of asexuals. He showed very little interest in sexual relationships throughout his life, preferring to focus on science. Many asexuals describe their lack of attraction as a blessing allowing them sharp focus. Once again, we have a person who could have been too busy (and brilliant) to focus on relationships, but who's asexuality likely allowed him to be busy (and brilliant). 

T. E. Lawrence

Tragically, T.E. Lawrence – a man immortalized in the film Lawrence of Arabia – was sexually assaulted while held prisoner during The Great War. His lack of sexual and romantic relationships in life were mostly attributed to this trauma but some scholars argue he may have been asexual. 

He had no documented relationships with men or women. Most notably, since it was the turn of the 20th century, Lawrence was known to be non-judgmental of homosexuals. His personal orientation may have motivated his tolerance. 

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 08:06:04 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/asexual-historical-figures/erin-wisti
<![CDATA[Here Are All The Celebrities Who Have Fallen Victim To The Kardashian Kurse]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/kardashian-curse-stories/michelle-nati?source=rss

The Kardashians are, for better or worse, America’s current royal family. And, as with all nobility, rumors of curses abound. What is the Kardashian curse? Essentially, anyone who hooks up with a Kardashian is hexed. As Kylie Jenner put it, "Their life kind of just goes down hill after that."

There are plenty of stories about how the Kardashian family causes bad luck, particularly regarding athletes who date the sisters. But the ill effects of the alleged curse seems to have spread to any significant others, no matter their profession – and perhaps even the family itself. How else would you explain all the bad things that have happened to Kim Kardashian?

Examples of the Kardashian curse might give more people an excuse to hate the crew. But, in their defense, the Kardashians are not your average family. They're influential business people and purveyors of pop culture, not to mention television stars. They navigate rarified realms of celebrity, and it’s easy to see how anyone, even high-profile athletes and musicians, can get overwhelmed by sharing the limelight.

Here Are All The Celebrities Who Have Fallen Victim To The Kardashian Kurse,

Caitlyn Jenner

Caitlyn Jenner made headlines around the world after her 2015 interview with Diane Sawyer to discuss her identity as a transgender woman, but the road has been a bit rocky ever since.

The former spouse of "momager" Kris Jenner, Caitlyn Jenner had her own spin-off from KUWTK, I Am Cait, which only lasted two seasons before being canceled due to low ratings. Her tell-all book, The Secrets of My Life, angered the "K-troop," as Jenner calls the Kardashians. Kris and elder daughters Khloe, Kourtney, and Kim are not speaking to Jenner, while younger siblings Kendall and Kylie still manage to spend time with Jenner. She has also alienated members of the LGBTQ community as a Republican and Trump supporter.

Kanye West

Kanye West remains Kanye West, even after marrying Kim Kardashian. But he's also had some very public struggles; at the end of 2016, he suffered a breakdown that landed him in the hospital under a psychiatric hold.

West has since bounced back, and the couple is holding strong, but his friendship and work partnership with fellow rapper Jay-Z is on the rocks. In 2017, West left Tidal over a financial dispute regarding his album The Life of Pablo and Jay-Z has taken West to task on his release 4:44. Allegedly, the Carters have refused to work with anyone who’s had any dealings with Kimye.

Kris Humphries

Basketball player Kris Humphries can’t seem to get away from his 72-day marriage to Kim Kardashian in 2011. Most people only now know him by his association with the equally loved and reviled family – it's even the subject of a tongue-in-cheek opera.

After the couple’s marriage was kaput, Humphries’s reputation was somewhat tarnished (he was portrayed in a villainous light on KUWTK). He filed for an annulment, claiming Kardashian had used their nuptials as a publicity stunt to promote the show.

Lamar Odom

Former Los Angeles Laker Lamar Odom was at the peak of his career when he met Khloe Kardashian in 2009. After about dating for about a month, the two got hitched. He was soon a regular on Keeping Up with the Kardashians and the newlyweds even had a spin-off show, Khloe & Lamar.

But all was not well behind the scenes. In 2011, Odom’s cousin, Curtis Smith, died. Just a week later, Odom was involved in a serious car accident in which his driver struck and killed a 15-year-old boy. By 2012, rumors of hard partying and extramarital affairs dogged Odom and, a year later, Kardashian filed for divorce. Odom continued his downward spiral into drug addiction and in 2015 he was found unconscious in a Las Vegas brothel. After he recovered, Kardashian signed the divorce papers and moved on to Tristan Thompson of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Odom is now sober and reportedly writing a tell-all autobiography.

Ray J

With a family that includes Brandy (his sister) and Snoop Dog (his cousin), it would seem rapper Ray J was bound for big things – but what he’s most known for is a sex tape with his former girlfriend, Kim Kardashian. As a matter of fact, you could say he's somewhat responsible for putting the Kardashians on the map.

Ray J and Kardashian broke up in the early 2000s. Since then, Ray J released a single entitled "I Hit It First" (you can guess what he’s referring to) and has done some reality TV. When Kardashian married Kanye West in 2014, he was rumored to have sent a check to the newlyweds totaling his profits from the tape, though he denied the claim.

Reggie Bush

Before dating Kim Kardashian in 2007, Reggie Bush’s future in football looked bright. He won the Heisman Trophy and was the number-two overall pick of the 2006 NFL Draft.

The couple was together for two years before Bush decided he did not to want to be part of the Kardashian machine and called it quits with the reality star. Since then, his rushing numbers declined, and he became the the first running back in NFL history to retire with negative yardage. And the Heisman? Bush returned it to the college trust after it was discovered he and his family received gifts from USC in violation of NCAA policies.


Rapper Tyga was Blac Chyna’s significant other and father to their son, King, before switching affections to Kylie Jenner in 2014 when she was just 17 and he was 24. He soon became part of the family, and made several appearances on KUWTK.

Tyga has been accused of everything from being a deadbeat dad to having multiple affairs while linked to Jenner. He’s got also got a reputation for bailing out on car payments and rent, and has been the subject of several lawsuits.

Scott Disick

Scott Disick, Kourtney Kardashian's former flame and father to Mason, Penelope, and Reign, was so convinced he was a victim of the Kardashian curse that he sought out a psychic to confirm his beliefs. The consultation was the basis for a 2016 KUWTK episode. He was told "a negative energy is following you around. Everything that you try to do, you have a tendency to have many obstacles in front of you. To answer your question, I would probably say you do have a curse."

During his tenure on KUWTK, Disick’s parents died within a few months of each other. He's also had his share of addiction issues, which have been well documented on the show. He and Kardashian have apparently called it quits for good, but continue to co-parent their children.

Tristan Thompson

Cleveland Cavalier Tristan Thompson and Khloe Kardashian hooked up in 2016 and some fans and even pundits blame the dreaded Kardashian curse for Cleveland's loss in the 2017 NBA finals. ESPN analyst Jalen Rose said as much following the Cavs' Game 3 loss to the Golden State Warriors:

"I want to say what everybody’s thinking. There are three things in life that are certain to me: Father Time, gravity, and the curse of the Kardashians. Tristan Thompson had zero points in two of the three (Finals) games."

Blac Chyna

Model and entrepreneur Blac Chyna left her tumultuous relationship with Rob Kardashian in 2017, after which he posted explicit photos of her on social media and publicly accused her of infidelity and drug abuse. Chyna obtained a restraining order against Kardashian, who, she claims, physically abused her and threatened suicide.

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 06:56:42 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/kardashian-curse-stories/michelle-nati
<![CDATA[Famous People You Didn't Know Were Messianic Jews]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-messianic-jews/celebrity-lists?source=rss

As far as religions go, Messianic Judaism is relatively new – it's only been around in its current form since the 1960s and '70s. But still, a number of notable actors, singers, and athletes were raised in the Messianic Jewish faith, or became members of the church later in life. Messianic Jewish celebrities come in many forms. Some famous Messianic Jews are actors while other Messianic Jewish celebrities are poets. Many famous Messianic Jewish celebs have dedicated their lives to spreading the faith.

Who will you find on this list of famous people you didn't know were Messianic Jewish? Shia LaBeouf's mother is Jewish, and the actor said that he believes in Jesus. "I found God doing Fury," he said. "I became a Christian man... in a very real way. I could have just said the prayers that were on the page. But it was a real thing that really saved me."

Glen Campbell has followed the Messianic Jewish faith for decades. Other famous Messianic Jewish people include Julianna Margulies, Lenny Kravitz, and Leonard Cohen.

Did you know so many famous people follow the Messianic Jewish faith? Take a look at this list and share your thoughts in the comments section.

Famous People You Didn't Know Were Messianic Jews,

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan struggled to balance his Messianic Judaism beliefs with his music, especially in the 1980s.

Glen Campbell

Glen Campbell has followed the Messianic Jewish faith for decades. "It's Jews who believe that Christ is the risen savior. I think it will all come around to that," he said.

Jada Pinkett Smith

One of Jada Pinkett Smith's grandmothers was Jewish, and she reportedly believes in Jesus.

Josh Groban

Josh Groban's father is Jewish and his mother is Christian. He is often listed as being a member of the Messianic Jewish faith.

Julianna Margulies

"I wasn't raised Jewish. My parents are Jewish, but my mother had herself baptized when I was five years old. She took a Christian path – not born again, but Christian spiritual," said Julianna Margulies of her faith.

Lenny Kravitz

Lenny Kravitz's father was Jewish and his mother was Christian, leading to his Messianic Jewish faith. He believes that God is everywhere.

Leonard Cohen

"I had a very Messianic childhood," said Leonard Cohen.

Shia LaBeouf

Shia LaBeouf's mother is Jewish, and the actor said that he believes in Jesus. "I found God doing Fury," he said. "I became a Christian man... in a very real way. I could have just said the prayers that were on the page. But it was a real thing that really saved me."

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:37:21 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-messianic-jews/celebrity-lists
<![CDATA[Hulk Hogan's Most Ridiculous Opponents]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/ridiculous-hulk-hogan-opponents/michael-coast?source=rss

Of all the crazy wrestling characters in the history of sports entertainment, none is more famous than Hulk Hogan. During the1980s and '90s (before more recent scandals), Hogan was an American institution. He starred in movies, and wrestled other legendary opponents, like Ric Flair, "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, and Antonio Inoki. But there is no shortage of ridiculous Hulk Hogan opponents as well.

The weirdest opponents Hulk Hogan faced were a combative bunch. Some of these feuds were forgotten not long after they started. Some went of for years. A few of the wrestlers were accomplished in-ring performers who embraced colorful gimmicks. Others probably had no business being in a wrestling ring in the first place, let alone in the main event scene of some of the biggest wrestling companies in the world. One thing that they all share is that these characters outshone even Hulk Hogan’s over-the-top stage persona.

Hulk Hogan's Most Ridiculous Opponents,

Karl Malone

Professional athletes have a long history of crossing over into the squared circle. Lawrence Taylor, DeAngelo Williams, and countless other representatives from the world of sports have tried their hand at wrestling. In Karl Malone’s case, the match was a rematch of sorts from his tussles in the 1998 NBA Finals with Dennis Rodman (who teamed with Hulk Hogan for the match).

Malone seemed to have the time of his life during the match, slamming both Hogan and Rodman, playing to the crowd, and even delivering a Diamond Cutter to referee Charles Robinson.

The Iron Sheik

The Iron Sheik lived quite the eventful life even before entering the often-ridiculous world of professional wrestling. He competed in the Olympics, was a bodyguard for the Shah of Iran, and served as an assistant coach for the US Olympic team.

Sheik’s wrestling character involved him playing an Iranian nationalist who tagged with Soviet nationalist Nikolai Volkoff, and spitting whenever he said the letters "USA." Hulk Hogan pinning Sheik to win his first WWF Title in 1984 is usually the moment that is cited as kicking off "Hulkamania."

These days, the Iron Sheik is arguably more well-known for his viral videos, his profanity-filled Twitter feed, and his numerous appearances on The Howard Stern Show.

Randy Savage

"Macho Man" Randy Savage, who was a minor league baseball player before he was a wrestler, was one of few stars who rivaled Hulk Hogan’s fame during one of wrestling’s biggest eras. The two had been a tag team, but broke apart and faced off at WrestleMania V (a match that carried the tagline "The Mega Powers Explode").

Savage could be considered ridiculous solely for his unbelievable outfits during his heyday and his skill at crafting a pun. However, the fact that he released a rap song about how he wanted to fight Hogan in real life pushes him over the top.

Scott Steiner

During WCW’s dying days, the most entertaining character was usually Scott Steiner, who went by such nicknames as “Big Poppa Pump,” “Freakzilla,” “The Genetic Freak,” and “The Big Bad Booty Daddy.”

Steiner squared off against Hulk Hogan in the wrestling ring only a handful of times. However, their real-life squabbles more than make up for it. In 2015, their feud went so far that Steiner was investigated for making “terrorist threats” against Hogan (which Steiner denies happening).

Sgt. Slaughter

This isn't the drill instructor and beloved G.I. Joe character. No, this Sgt. Slaughter became an “Iraqi Sympathizer” in 1991. This was in the midst of Operation Desert Storm, when Saddam Hussein was public enemy number one. What better way for Hulk Hogan to make his triumphant return to the top of the WWF than by beating this character?

The Ultimate Warrior

During the run-up to Wrestlemania VI in 1990, the Ultimate Warrior was being positioned as the heir apparent to Hulkamania. Warrior became a beloved character in spite of his nonsensical interview segments about warrior gods of old and his often subpar matches. Many viewers still remember his face paint, his neon tassels, and his inhuman musculature.

Warrior’s peak proved to be short-lived, but fans never forgot his sprints to the ring and his signature shaking of the ropes. Following his time in the ring, The Ultimate Warrior legally changed his name to “Warrior” and toured the country as a conservative public speaker.

The Dungeon Of Doom

This collection of oddballs is one of the goofiest stables in wrestling history, and has been acknowledged as such by its creator Kevin Sullivan. The Dungeon of Doom was presented as if they had supernatural powers – powers that ultimately proved ineffectual against Hulk Hogan.

Members of this WCW rogues gallery included such infamous characters as The Zodiac (formerly Brutus Beefcake), the Yeti, Kamala, the Shark (formerly Earthquake in the WWF), and The Giant (later to have a long run as The Big Show in WWE). Their most famous incident involved whisking Hogan off to a cave with unintentionally hilarious results. Hogan’s line reading of “It’s not hot” will forever remain one of the most remembered moments of his career.


Tiny Lister is one of Hollywood’s great character actors. Among his most famous roles was that of bad guy Zeus in No Holds Barred, opposite Hulk Hogan’s character Rip Thomas. To cross-promote the film, Lister was brought to the WWF to feud with the real Hogan. This culminated in the steel cage contest No Holds Barred: The Match.


Sting is a wrestler who is almost synonymous with World Championship Wrestling. So when Hulk Hogan and the New World Order took over WCW, it made sense for Sting to step up to the plate. What didn’t make quite as much sense was how Sting changed his look from bleached-blond hair and colorful face paint to a wholesale rip-off of Brandon Lee’s character in The Crow (pitched to him by nWo founder Scott Hall). Sting spent almost a year not wrestling, instead sitting in the rafters above the various WCW arenas in his Crow makeup... and somehow he became more popular than ever.

Sid Justice

Sid Justice, also known at various times as Sycho Sid and Sid Vicious, was Hulk Hogan’s opponent at Wrestlemania VIII as well as a frequent rival in WCW. Justice was a powerhouse whose ranting, mistake-prone verbal skills never quite matched his impressive physique.

Justice's time outside the ring was perhaps even more ridiculous than his career. He got into numerous physical altercations with other wrestlers, and was rumored to have stepped away from the sport during his prime in order to play softball, though he denied that claim.

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:27:35 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/ridiculous-hulk-hogan-opponents/michael-coast
<![CDATA[Famous People You Didn't Know Were Evangelical Christians]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-evangelical-christians/celebrity-lists?source=rss

Faith is one of the most important aspects of life for evangelical Christians. Maybe it's that focus on tradition and salvation that draws so many celebs to adopt the religion themselves. And those famous people come from every sphere of entertainment – some famous evangelicals are actors or singers, while other celebrity members of the evangelical church are athletes. Many famous evangelical Christians have dedicated their lives to politics.

Who will you find on this list of famous people you didn't know were evangelical Christians? Sarah Palin was raised in the evangelical church, and she was a longtime member of the Wasilla Assembly of God. Michele Bachmann is also an evangelical Christian. She even helped then-candidate Donald Trump on issues important to evangelicals during the 2016 election campaign.

Growing Pains star Kirk Cameron has spent the bulk of his adult life spreading his faith. "I want to say to people loud and clear: there has never been a more exciting time in America to be a Christian, to be a person of deep faith in God," he said in 2016. Other famous evangelicals include Jordin Sparks, Stephen Baldwin, and Mike Pence.

Are you surprised that so many celebrities are evangelical Christians? Take a look at this list and share your thoughts in the comments section.

Famous People You Didn't Know Were Evangelical Christians,

Ann Coulter

Political commentator Ann Coulter is a Christian and is often listed as evangelical.

Chuck Norris

Chuck Norris regularly spreads the world about his Christian beliefs in interviews, books, and on his website. "'True patriots' do not stay clear of discussing religion and politics," he said.

Cuba Gooding, Jr.

Growing up as an evangelical Christian, Cuba Gooding, Jr. had a unique Halloween experience. "We were a very religious family. We grew up Christian and my mom didn't believe in goblins and stuff, so when we went to doors we'd come with these little afros and little bags. We'd be angels or firemen, whatever, but not anything from the 'pen of Hell,'" he said.

Jordin Sparks

Singer Jordin Sparks is an evangelical Christian. "I definitely recognize that I have a God-given talent. I have a sense of inner peace, I know God gave me this wonderful voice and I feel that what he needs me to do is share it with others," she said.

Kathie Lee Gifford

Kathie Lee Gifford credits Billy Graham, who she watched on television and film as a child, with helping her become an evangelical Christian. "The words God spoke to me 50 years ago are just as true today, and for every moment I have left, I will trust him to work his beautiful plan for me," she said.

Michele Bachmann

Politician Michele Bachmann is well known as an evangelical Christian. She even helped to advise then-candidate Donald Trump on issues important to evangelicals during the 2016 election campaign.

Mike Pence

Vice President Mike Pence has referred to himself as an "evangelical Catholic," as well as "a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order."

Sarah Palin

From childhood until 2002, politician Sarah Palin attended the Wasilla Assembly of God, a church described as "very evangelical" by locals.

Stephen Baldwin

Stephen Baldwin is an evangelical youth minister as well as an actor. "I'm here to reach the youth culture of America that's dying everyday spiritually," he said. "They're overdosing, they're committing suicide, they're doing this and that. And the thing that transformed me was coming into the understanding the things of God and the spirit of God. And I want to share that with people – and I want to share it in a fun way."

Jeremy Lin

Jeremy Lin has been an evangelical Christian for his entire life. He said, "When you’re called to be a Christian, you’re automatically called to be different from everyone else. In today’s world of basketball, it makes you really different, because the things that society values aren't necessarily in line with what God values... We should be humble, and understand that everything that is good comes from God."

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:18:09 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-evangelical-christians/celebrity-lists
<![CDATA[The Different (Physical) Sizes Of US Presidents]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/different-physical-sizes-of-us-presidents/justin-andress?source=rss

It goes without saying that the President of the United States of America looms large in this nation's day-to-day life. In some cases, that was very much the case physically. Abraham Lincoln, the tallest president, towered over his contemporaries at 6’3". William Howard Taft, the heaviest president, was a physical force at 340 pounds. Beyond those standouts, though, how much do you really know about the physical lives of the presidents?

These men have run the gamut in size and stature from Lincoln to little James Madison, who was just a pint-sized 5’4". How tall were the presidents? What were the presidential shoe sizes? How much did they weigh? The POTUS owes part of their character to their physical size, just like they owe a bit of themselves to the diseases they battled or their accomplishments in office in the first 100 days. If you have ever wanted to know how big or small each of the Presidents were, your wait is over. Here’s a list with just those facts. 

The Different (Physical) Sizes Of US Presidents,

Andrew Jackson

Height: 6'1"

Weight: 140 lbs

Jackson was “tall and gaunt [...] and carried himself in the ramrod-straight military manner. His face was long and thin, and his eyes were clear, dark blue. He had bushy, iron-gray hair, brushed high above his forehead.” The seventh president also had a notoriously bad temper.

George Washington

Height: 6'0"

Shoe Size: 13

Washington is described as a man with a “slender” build and “with pretty long arms and thighs.” He also had larger than average hands and, presumably, feet to match. William Sullivan described him as "over six feet in stature; of strong, bony, muscular frame, without fullness of covering, well-formed and straight. He was a man of most extraordinary strength.”

James Madison

Height: 5'4"

Weight: 100 lbs

Madison was known for having “brown hair, blue eyes, and a rather tawny complexion. His nose was scarred from once having been frostbitten. He wore a size 7.25 hat. Until his last years he always appeared young for his age.”

James Monroe

Height: 6'0"

Weight: 189 lbs

Monroe was characterized as having “an imposing, muscular body." His eyes were a steely blue-gray and his brown hair shifted into a gentle grey as he aged.

John Adams

Height: 5'6"

A notoriously sickly man, Adams was “stocky in his youth and portly in middle age. He had quick blue eyes and fine brown hair. [...] By the time he became president, his hands shook with palsy, and most of his teeth had fallen to pyorrhea. He refused to wear the ill-fitting dentures of the period and thus, from this time, talked with a lisp.”

John Quincy Adams

Height: 5'7"

Weight: 175 lbs

Quincy Adams had brown eyes and hair that thinned out as he entered old age.

John Tyler

Height: 6'0"

Weight: 160 lbs

The tenth president of the United States, Tyler had blue eyes and brown hair.

Martin Van Buren

Height: 5'6"

Van Buren earned the nickname “Little Magician” during his tenure because of his stature, his excitability, and his constant political scheming.

Thomas Jefferson

Height: 6'2"

Weight: 181 lbs

Shoe Size: 12.5

Edmund Bacon, overseer at Monticello, wrote that Jefferson was "well proportioned, and straight as a gun barrel. He was like a fine horse - he had no surplus flesh. [...] His countenance was always mild and pleasant."

William Henry Harrison

Height: 5'8"

Weight: 162 lbs

The shortest-serving president in United States history, Harrison was “slim, [with] thin brown hair, angular face, fair complexion, closely set eyes, thin lips, strong jaw.”

Wed, 24 May 2017 08:48:01 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/different-physical-sizes-of-us-presidents/justin-andress
<![CDATA[Famous People Who Survived Near-Fatal Gunshot Wounds]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-people-who-were-shot/celebrity-lists?source=rss

All too often, celebrities become the focus of violent attacks. There are a number of famous people who survived being shot, whether they were the targets of asssassination attempts or the victims of unfortunate accidents. Some notable gunshot survivors are actors, while other famous shooting victims are musicians. A few celebrities who have survived gunshots were shot multiple times.

Who will you find on this list of famous gunshot survivors? On March 30, 1981, President Ronald Reagan was shot in the chest by John Hinckley, Jr. He suffered a collapsed lung, but survived the incident. Hinckley, Jr. was tried, but was found not guilty by reason of insanity. He was released from St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington in 2016. Former President Theodore Roosevelt also survived an assassination attempt.

In 2000, 50 Cent was shot nine times – in his hand, arm, hip, legs, chest, and left cheek – outside of his grandmother's house in New York. He spent 13 days in the hospital recovering from the shooting and went on to become a superstar in the rap game. Other famous gunshot survivors include Lil Wayne, Kelly Preston, and Andy Warhol.

Are you surprised that so many celebrities have survived being shot? Take a look at this list and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

Famous People Who Survived Near-Fatal Gunshot Wounds,

50 Cent

In 2000, 50 Cent was shot nine times – in his hand, arm, hip, legs, chest, and left cheek – outside of his grandmother's house in the South Jamaica neighborhood of Queens. He spent 13 days in the hospital recovering from the shooting, and went on to become a superstar in the rap game.

Andy Warhol

In 1968, Andy Warhol was shot by the feminist playwright Valerie Solanas. She was reportedly angry that the pop artist had dismissed her and her work.

Warhol spent two months in the hospital following the shooting and never fully recovered from his wounds. He died following gallbladder surgery in 1987.

Bob Marley

In 1976, three gunman came into Bob Marley's home and shot the musician in his arm. Political unrest in Jamaica is believed to be the motivation behind the assassination attempt.

Gabrielle Giffords

In 2011, Representative Gabby Giffords, along with 17 other people, was shot by a gunman at an event where she was meeting with constituents. She survived, but suffered severe brain injuries as a result of the incident.

Kelly Preston

In 1990, it was reported that Charlie Sheen accidentally shot his then-fiancée, Kelly Preston. Sheen later clarified that she had mistakenly shot herself in the arm.

Oliver Stone

Director Oliver Stone was wounded in action while serving in the U.S. Army in Vietnam. His experiences heavily influenced his film Platoon.

Pope John Paul II

On May 13, 1981, Pope John Paul II was shot in Rome’s St. Peter’s Square. He spent three weeks in the hospital recovering from wounds to his abdomen and left hand. He offered to forgive his would-be assassin, Mehmet Ali Agca, while still in the hospital.

Ronald Reagan

On March 30, 1981, President Ronald Reagan was shot in the chest by John Hinckley, Jr. He suffered a collapsed lung, but survived the incident.

Hinckley, Jr. was tried for the shooting, but was found not guilty by reason of insanity. He was released from St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington in 2016.

Theodore Roosevelt

In 1912, former President Theodore Roosevelt was shot in the chest by an unemployed man. The politician was scheduled to give a speech, and before he went to the hospital, Roosevelt decided he would go through with the speaking engagement anyway. In fact, his prepared notes probably saved his life.

"Fortunately I had my manuscript, so you see I was going to make a long speech, and there is a bullet – there is where the bullet went through – and it probably saved me from it going into my heart. The bullet is in me now, so that I cannot make a very long speech, but I will try my best," he said.

Tupac Shakur

In 1994, rapper Tupac Shakur was shot five times while walking into a New York recording studio. He was hit twice in the head, twice in the groin, and once in the hand, though he went on to make a full recovery.

Sadly, in 1996, Shakur was fatally shot in Las Vegas. His murderer is still unknown.

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 07:29:56 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-people-who-were-shot/celebrity-lists
<![CDATA[Here's What The OG Power Rangers Stars Have Been Doing For The Past Two Decades]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/where-are-they-now-power-rangers/shamus-kelley?source=rss

Back in the '90s, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers was the biggest kids series to hit television. Mixing action, humor, and lots of rubber monsters, the show has cemented itself as a piece of pop culture history. Who doesn’t know the names of all five original Rangers or the catchphrase, “It’s morphin’ time!” Everyone had their favorite Ranger, which was usually the one they identified with the most. 

But whatever happened to the stars in the cast of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers? Where are they now? Did any of them make it big or was Power Rangers their only significant gig? For years, several of the actors were hard to track down, but thanks to the power of social media and comic conventions, fans know exactly where all of the Power Rangers actors ended up. 

Here's What The OG Power Rangers Stars Have Been Doing For The Past Two Decades,

Amy Jo Johnson

Johnson left Power Rangers during its third season, but the split was amicable, with a planned return in Turbo: A Power Rangers movie agreed on before hand. She’s since appeared in everything on TV from Felicity and Wildfire to Flashpoint. She’s also become a director, helming several of her own films that she funded through Indiegogo. Johnson returned to the franchise with a cameo in the recent big budget Power Rangers movie.

Austin St. John

After leaving the show amidst a nasty contract negotiation, the original Red Ranger actually returned to the series two more times. The first time was in Power Rangers Zeo, to take over the mantle of the Gold Ranger, and then in Power Rangers Wild Force, for the 10th anniversary special, "Forever Red." For many years, John served as an EMT but has recently been working the convention circuit and meeting fans across the globe. He also bought a ton of Red Ranger Pop figures to try to corner the market after he saw fans were selling them for inflated prices.

David Yost

After departing the series during Power Rangers Zeo, Yost appeared in several low budget movies, including Degenerate. He moved into the behind scenes world of Hollywood, serving as a producer on several reality shows. Later, Yost began appearing at various comic cons and selling his own line of t-shirts. The Affirmative Line features various designs heavily inspired by the original Power Rangers series.

Jason David Frank

Remaining on the series for longer than most other Rangers, Frank departed the series during Power Rangers Turbo. He briefly returned for the team up episode "Forever Red," and even resumed his role as Tommy for the entire Power Rangers Dino Thunder season. His most recent appearance on Power Rangers was during the Power Rangers Super Megaforce finale. Frank has a strong Comic Con presence, runs several karate schools, and has appeared in the webseries Ninjak Vs The Valiant Universe as Bloodshot.

Jason Narvy

The bumbling bully of the Power Rangers team stayed with the series until the very beginning of Power Rangers Lost Galaxy. He later made cameos appearances in both the Wild Force episode, "Forever Red," and the finale of Power Rangers Super Samurai. He also appeared as the voice of the motorcycle Combat Chopper in Saban’s Masked Rider. As of July, 2017, Narvy is a professor in the Theater Department at Concordia University in Chicago. 

Johnny Yong Bosch

Taking over as the Black Ranger, Bosch remained with the series until Power Rangers Turbo. He made two return appearances to the series, in Power Rangers in Space and the fifteenth anniversary two-part episode, "Once a Ranger." Bosch has made quite a name for himself in the anime industry, voicing many popular characters including the lead in Bleach. Bosch played in his own band, Eyeshine, which appeared at various anime conventions across the world. 

Paul Schrier

Currently the longest serving actor in the Power Rangers franchise, Schrier appeared until the very end of Power Rangers Lost Galaxy. He further made a cameo appearance in the team up episode "Forever Red," and returned full time in both Power Rangers Samurai and Power Rangers Super Samurai as Bulk. Schrier currently plays in the band Ice Cream Truckers and is an accomplished artist. Schrier regularly appears with Narvy at comic conventions and their panels are a comedic tour de force. 

Steve Cardenas

Replacing Austin St. John as the Red Ranger, Cardenas later became the Blue Ranger in Power Rangers Zeo. Cardenas departed the series at the very start of Power Rangers Turbo. Cardenas currently owns and operates his own martial arts studio in California, the Force/Balance Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu and Yoga school. Cardenas regularly appears at Power Rangers events and conventions, often appearing in his Red and Blue Ranger outfits.

Thuy Trang

The original yellow Ranger actress left the show in the same dispute as Austin St. John and Walter Jones. She appeared in a few movies, including The Crow: City of Angels before she was tragically killed in a car crash in 2001. Many of her Power Rangers co-stars attended the funeral. The Power Rangers Time Force episode, "Circuit Unsure," was dedicated to Trang’s memory.

Walter Emanuel Jones

Leaving the series in the same dispute as Austin St. John, Jones has worked off and on as a dancer and actor. He was a star on the Nickelodeon sci-fi series Space Cases and even showed up in an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He also had a small appearance in the recent film, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, and regularly attends fan conventions.

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 08:25:20 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/where-are-they-now-power-rangers/shamus-kelley
<![CDATA[What Happened To All Of The Villains From MTV's The Real World?]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/where-are-they-now-real-world-cast/rebecca-shortall?source=rss

What happens when regular people who have been documented in a reality show have to integrate back into society? How do they function in a post-reality-show world? To find out, let's follow up on the worst housemates on Real World and see where they are now. The people on Real World were famous for throwing punches, causing drama, and generally being *ssholes. Since their time on the show eneded, these non-professional actors have had to make their way in the, well, real world – a place where they aren't encouraged by producers to throw down and bitch each other out.

Some have gone on to have illustrious careers in politics, as chefs or as magazine editors. Others have returned to the welcoming embrace of the best original MTV shows and franchises. So where are the most notorious people from Real World now? Read on below to find out.

What Happened To All Of The Villains From MTV's The Real World?,

David Rainey

You may remember Puck being the worst in the 1993 San Francisco season, where he honed in on Pedro, a guy living with AIDs, and needlessly antagonized him. Oh, and he referred to himself in the third person. He called himself "the Puck." There's no recovering from that.

His horrible behavior continued into 2012, when he was accused of stalking a woman. The Puck plead no contest and was sentenced to two years in prison. He was released a year early and married his wife in 2013, in a televised wedding ceremony. In 2014, he gave an interview to TMZ about his post-prison career. He works as a make-up artist, but he maintains his awful personality by clarifying that he works with 'ugly, stinky chicks.'

Kevin Powell

Kevin appeared on Real World: New York in 1992 and got on his housemates nerves by constantly arguing and apparently attempting to throw a candle at a fellow roommate's head. Since his Real World tenure, Kevin has gone to start the Vibe magazine and he has made three runs for office in New York's 10th congressional district. And that's not all - in 2009, he appeared on Oprah, he's written 12 books, and he's suing the people behind All Eyez On Me, the Tupac biographical film.

Sean Duffy

Sean may not have been the outright worst, but his competitive nature and outspoken conservative views didn’t exactly make him the best of the best. Since leaving the Boston house in 1997, he has become a member of the US Congress. In 2010, Sean won a House seat in his home state of Wisconsin. As of July, 2017, he is currently serving his second term and making regular appearances on CNN

Erika Lauren Wasilewski

Erika fought to claim the top of the drama queen pile during Real World: DC, before leaving the show in Episode 12. You may remember her as having such a negative vibe that one of her DC roommates advised her to go to the Holocaust memorial to get some perspective. Erika seems to have changed her tune because as of July, 2017, she co-hosts a Cleveland drive-time radio show called The Alan Cox Show.

Svetlana Shusterman

After Svetlana's Real World debut, she appeared on an episode of My Super Sweet 16 in 2007, flouting the implied numeric rule of the title, using the show as a television venue for her 21st birthday. That same year, she was arrested for disorderly conduct. Since then, she has appeared in FHM and in 2014, she got a restraining order against the lead singer of Incubus, Brandon Boyd, for stalking her. 

Wes Bergmann

Wes wasn't so much the worst of the worst as far as Real World cast members go, but he definitely had a fratty, jerk-like vibe about him that rubbed a few fellow roommates on the 2005 Real World: Austin season the wrong way. West has since appeared on The Duel season of The Challenge, where he talked at great length about how he owned 30 companies.

However, Wes is actually a 'startup engineer,' which means he doesn't so much own those 30 companies, as he has investments in them. He founded the startup incubator BetaBlox in 2012, which has a website blessed with a 1999 "hacking into the Matrix" color scheme.

Jessica McCain

During her tenure on Real World: Portland in 2013, Jessica rubbed a lot of viewers and housemates the wrong way by getting way too invested in a one-week relationship that was certain to implode. In the aftermath of said implosion, she bought a virginity ring as a means of coping.

Her post-show career has proved pretty interesting. Jessica attended the Institute of Culinary Education in New York and in July of 2017, works at the upscale Eleven Madison Park according to her Twitter

Nia Moore

Nia was a real loose cannon on 2013's Real World: Portland. Actually, calling her a "loose cannon" is generous. She was a violent mess. She attacked numerous roommates and threatened one of them with a table lamp. She continued this behavior past her Portland season, when she appeared on the 2015 season of The Challenge: Battle of the Exes 2. She verbally and physically abused fellow challenger Jordan by pulling down his pants, touching his dick, and using homophobic slurs. She was kicked off of the show and hasn't been on any subsequent seasons on The Challenge since.  

Chris 'CT' Tamburello Goes On The Challenge A Lot

CT made his mark on the reality television world in the 2003 Real World: Paris season as a rage-fuelled fist machine, quick to deliver a punch to inanimate objects, walls, fellow cast members. He has continued to pour that aggressive behavior into more reality television pursuits.

In 2009, he entered Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Duel II and was promptly kicked off for punching fellow Real World: Paris alumnus Adam. He has appeared in several seasons of The Challenge since his Real World debut, including the most recent 2017 season. He is also a new father and cites his child's birth as the reason he is returning to The Challenge

Greg Halstead Was On Tattoo Nightmares

Greg cemented his reputation as the worst on the 2008 Real World: Hollywood season by strolling around the house and calling his roommates "peasants." He acted as if he had given himself the title of the King of Hollywood and looked down on all those who had the "privilege" of sharing a house with him. He stole panties and pulled stupid pranks before being made to leave early. Since his departure, he has appeared in a 2014 episode of Tattoo Nightmares: Miami

Mon, 03 Jul 2017 07:25:10 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/where-are-they-now-real-world-cast/rebecca-shortall
<![CDATA[All Of Henry VIII's Closest Associates And How He Had Them Killed]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/ways-henry-viiii-had-associates-killed/melissa-sartore?source=rss

When you think of Henry VIII executions, his wives immediately come to mind. Out of his six spouses, he had two beheaded. But the tragic fates of those women are just part of the story when it comes to people who were close to the King before they wound up dead. The King was determined to get his way, was fearful of traitors, and often maintained order by eliminating anyone he perceived to be a threat; not even Henry VIII's advisors were safe. The establishment of the Anglican Church brought out countless rebels who fought against royal supremacy, and as Henry VIII struggled to produce an heir, rivals were constantly on the horizon.  

No one was safe if the scent of treason was in the air. Traitors were put on trial, though they were typically executed. The ways Henry VIII had people killed were meant to send a message; they were usually hanged, drawn, and quartered, though many of the King's associates were given a gracious death by beheading. Former confidants including Thomas More, Thomas Wolsey, and Thomas Cromwell were all put to death at the King's command.

All Of Henry VIII's Closest Associates And How He Had Them Killed,

Edward Stafford, 3rd Duke of Buckingham

Edward Stafford, 3rd Duke of Buckingham, and his family found favor during the reign of Henry VII (r. 1485-1509). Under Henry VIII, Stafford held the positions of Lord High Constable and Lord High Steward, served in the English army, was appointed to the King's Privy Council, and participated in diplomatic audiences and royal events. Stafford was wealthy and well-connected, and due to his family lineage, Henry became suspicious of him in 1520. Henry commissioned an investigation into allegations that Stafford claimed he sought to overthrow the King.  

The King himself interrogated witnesses in 1521, and Stafford was put on trial for treason in May of the same year. He was accused of listening to "prophecies of the King's death and of his own succession to the crown, and of having expressed an intention to kill the King." The 17 peers who heard the case found Stafford guilty of treason, and he was sentenced to death. He was beheaded at Tower Hill on May 17, 1521. In 1523, he was posthumously dispossessed of all lands and titles.

Francis Weston

Francis Weston, along with Henry Norris, Mark Smeaton, and William Brereton, was accused of adultery with Anne Boleyn. 

Weston was active at Henry VIII's court from a young age, playing games with the King and gaining popularity from 1526 onwards. In the early 1530s, he became a member of the Privy chamber and had frequent access to the King. After the Queen was arrested for adultery and treason, however, she made claims about Weston's flirting and he was subsequently arrested as well.

Norris, the Groom of the Stool (he was in charge of the King's urine and excrement) was also rumored have had an affair with Anne. Smeaton was the Queen's musician and was tortured into confessing to an inappropriate relationship with her. He also implicated Weston and Brereton during this torture session, which was conducted by supporters of Henry's new love interest, Anne's lady in waiting, Jane Seymour. Brereton was a member of Henry's household and was said to have been propositioned by the Queen in 1533 at least twice. He supposedly took her up on both offers. 

All four men were tried, convicted, and beheaded in May of 1536, along with George. Today, however, most historians agree that they were likely innocent pawns in a plot to get rid of Anne.

George Boleyn, 2nd Viscount Rochford

George Boleyn, the brother of Henry VIII's second wife Anne Boleyn, was in royal favor for the first part of the 1530s. He received several offices with his father after the King married Anne, and was sent overseas several times as a diplomat. Unfortunately for the Boleyns, the relationship between Henry and Anne soured, and the family suffered as a result. In 1536, Boleyn and four others were arrested on charges of having sexual relations with the Queen.

Boleyn stood trial for incest, adultery, and treason on May 15, was found guilty, and was executed by beheading two days later at Tower Hill. Anne was executed on the 19th of May for her supposed part in the affair.

John Fisher

When Henry VIII ramped up his talk of divorce from Catherine of Aragon, Bishop John Fisher became the Queen's most trusted counselor. As Bishop of Rochester and Chancellor of Cambridge, Fisher was a respected churchman and scholar as well as an ardent defender of Catholicism. He advocated for reform in the Church, but refused to endorse royal supremacy, and openly stated he "was ready to die on behalf of the indissolubility of marriage."

The King and the Bishop continued to butt heads over the continued encroachment on the Church by the Crown. Animosity reached such a pitch that there were even attempts on Fisher's life. In 1534, Fisher was called to take an oath acknowledging the legitimacy of Henry and Anne Bolyen as King and Queen, but he refused. Fisher was told he would be charged with treason, but continued to resist. Fisher was held in the Tower, and despite efforts by the Pope to elevate him to the position of Cardinal to protect him, he was tried for treason in June of 1535. He was beheaded on Tower Hill and became a martyr for the Catholic church.

Robert Aske

Robert Aske headed the Pilgrimage of Grace, a large-scale protest of Henry VIII and Thomas Cromwell's ecclesiastical policies. The pilgrimage kicked off in reaction to Henry and Cromwell's decision to dissolve all of the monasteries in England. Aske became the leader of the rebellion as took shape in Yorkshire. His faction took prisoners, had them swear an oath to his cause, and narrowly missed open battle with the King's forces in October of 1536.

Aske was given safe passage to London to negotiate terms with the King. He met with Henry and his advisors in December of 1536, but tensions remained high and rebellion rose up again in January of 1537. The King ordered his men to arrest Aske, and he was taken to London in February with other leaders of the rebellion. He was tried for high treason, convicted, and sentenced to be hanged, drawn, and quartered. Aske's body was hanged in chains, or gibbeted, after being transported back to York.

Thomas Wolsey

Thomas Wolsey died of natural causes, but he most likely would have been executed had he lived long enough. Wolsey held numerous church and governmental positions under Henry VIII, actively reformed both, and took part in international diplomacy as well. He was Lord Chancellor from 1515-1529, and held an immense amount of power, wealth, and influence.

Henry needed Wolsey to use his connection to Rome to secure an annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon so he could marry Anne Boleyn. Wolsey was unable to do so, and was dismissed as Lord Chancellor in 1529. He was later arrested on charges of treason and taken into custody in northern England, but died on his way to London on November 29, 1530.

Thomas Cromwell

Thomas Cromwell did a lot for Henry VIII, the Anglican Church, and the royal administration. And, in some ways, all of this got him killed.  

Cromwell was of low social status, but made his way up through the ranks in the service of Thomas Wolsey. After Wolsey's fall, Cromwell became a member of Parliament, where he used his intelligence and international experience to get the attention of the King. Henry made Cromwell Privy Counselor in 1531, and he became a close advisor, confidant, and like-minded reformer for the King.

From 1532 on, Cromwell was the principle force behind the English Reformation. He became vice-regent for spiritual matters in 1534, which allowed him to dictate policy and finance to the entire clergy. He was also charged with reforming monasteries, but by 1540, all of the monastic institutions in England were closed and their property was in the hands of the King. None of this made Cromwell any friends, and there was a Parliamentary pushback against his policies beginning in 1539. For his part, the King, threatened by Cromwell, was determined to keep him in his place as well.

Cromwell's biggest error happened when his advised Henry to marry his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves, shortly after the death of Jane Seymour late 1539. Henry hated Anne and never forgave him for getting him into the marriage. Despite a brief upswing in his relationship with Henry in early 1540, by June Cromwell was accused of treason and heresy. He was condemned to die without a trial, and beheaded on July 28.

Thomas Culpeper

Thomas Culpeper and Francis Dereham were both executed for the same reason – adultery with Queen Catherine Howard, Henry VIII's fifth wife – but they met very different ends.

Dereham, Duke of Norfolk, was in a romantic relationship with (and perhaps even engaged to) Catherine prior to her marriage to Henry. Catherine appointed Dereham as her secretary in 1541, either to conceal their continued affair or to keep him quiet about their earlier relationship. When the King heard of Catherine's past ties to Dereham, he was arrested. Dereham confessed to having been with Catherine prior to her being Queen, but said she now only had eyes for Culpeper.

Culpeper was a favorite of Henry. He was from a prominent family and was a cousin to both Anne Boleyn and Catherine, and may have had a relationship with Catherine before she became Queen. After her marraige, they repeatedly met in private and, according to a letter that the Queen sent Culpepper, he remained the object of her love and affection. Culpeper was arrested, and both the Queen and her alleged lover denied the affair. The letter, however, was damning evidence once it was discovered.

Both Culpeper and Dereham were tried as traitors in December of 1541, and both were found guilty. Culpeper, because of his status and former service to the King, was granted death by beheading. After "standinge on the ground by the gallowes... [he] kneled downe and had his head stryken of." Dereham was not given any such mercy, and was "hanged, membred, bowelled, headed, and quartered."

One additional victim of the affair, aside from the Queen herself, was the Queen's lady-in-waiting, Lady Rochford (AKA Jane Boleyn). Lady Rochford offered testimony about the affairs, but had aided and abetted them as well. Lady Rochford was beheaded right before Catherine Howard in February of 1542.

Thomas More

Sir Thomas More, born in 1478, was an Oxford-trained lawyer who once considered becoming a monk. His political career as secretary and advisor to Henry VIII led to him becoming a close confidant of the King. More served as a foreign diplomat and was knighted in 1521, all the while earning a reputation as a scholar as well. More was a devout Catholic and actively wrote against heresy and in defense of orthodoxy. In 1529, More became Lord Chancellor as Henry continued his efforts to divorce Catherine of Aragon.  

As an avid defender of Catholicism, More persecuted heretics as Lord Chancellor. He refused to sign a request to the Pope for Henry's divorce in the early 1530s and disagreed with the King over heresy laws, and when Henry declared himself to be head of his newly-created Church of England, More resigned his chancellorship. More also refused to take the oath acknowledging Henry as the head of the English Church in 1534. He was arrested, put on trial for treason, and condemned to death in 1535. More was beheaded on July 6, 1535 at Tower Hill.

Richard Roose Was Boiled Alive For Poisoning

Richard Roose was the first man in England boiled alive for murder. Roose, a cook to the Bishop of Rochester, John Fisher, allegedly poisoned the Bishop's dinner one evening. The Bishop himself did not eat the meal, but two people who did died.

Henry VIII saw poisoning as a form of treason, and in 1531 he passed a statute decreeing that the punishment was death by boiling. Roose was arrested and questioned, though he was not given a trial; he claimed the poisoning was a joke gone wrong. He was boiled to death in April of 1531. A contemporary account described the event:  

"This year was a man covered [boiled] in a cauldron in Smithfield, and let up and down many times til he was dead for because he had poisoned several persons."

Sat, 08 Jul 2017 01:37:02 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/ways-henry-viiii-had-associates-killed/melissa-sartore
<![CDATA[These Doomed Magic Acts Ended In Accidental Manslaughter And Suicide]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/deadly-magician-acts/elle-tharp?source=rss

Many of the world's most famous magicians have made a name for themselves by perfecting the illusion of danger onstage. But sometimes it turns out these performances are not illusions at all - and some of these magic tricks have even proven to be deadly. These killer magicians were often trying to outdo their predecessors or defy the laws of nature when their stunts unfortunately took a turn for the worse. Their dedication to their craft turned out to be a tad overzealous, and they met their demise (and sometimes took others down with them) thanks to magic tricks gone wrong. What's wrong with just doing a nice card trick, you guys?

Read on to learn the bold, crazy, and very stupid ways that magicians have accidentally killed themselves or their faithful assistants before they could even say "abracadabra."

WARNING: Graphic video content.

These Doomed Magic Acts Ended In Accidental Manslaughter And Suicide,

Madame DeLinsky Bit The Bullet (Literally)

In 1820, a Polish magician lost his wife and unborn child while performing the infamous "bullet catch" trick. During the act, his wife and assistant, Madame Delinsky, was fired at while on stage.

Back in the day, rifles were loaded by biting open the cartridge, pouring gun powder in the barrel, and then inserting the rest of the cartridge. Six soldiers were invited onstage to load their guns; in reality, they were paid "shills" who had been instructed to actually bite the entire bullet and fire blanks instead. One of them, however, got a bit of stage fright, and accidentally loaded his gun business as usual. He then shot the pregnant Madame Delinsky on stage and killed her, eventually driving her husband mad. Despite sounding suspiciously like the plot of The Prestige, this actually happened IRL.

Vivian Hensley Swallowed A Rusty Razor Blade

Vivian Hensley wasn't a professional magician - he was actually a dentist from Australia. But that didn't stop him from showing off a few tricks to his wife and son in 1938, specifically his "swallow-an-old-razor-blade trick." This is why they say "don't try this at home," Viv. 

In Hensley's original stunt, he pretended to drop a razor blade down his throat while secretly stashing it up his sleeve. But he slipped up and accidentally, well...swallowed an old razor blade. Hensley's doctor fed him some cotton wool and he had an operation to attempt to locate the razor. They weren't able to find it and Hensley died a few days later. At least he didn't have to sh*t out a razor blade.

Charles Rowan Was Run Over In A Straitjacket

Back in 1930, Charles Rowan, AKA "Karr the Magician," performed a stunt where he strapped himself into a straitjacket and had a car accelerate toward him at 45 mph and from 200 yards away as he executed his escape. What could go wrong? 

Rowan had actually performed the trick before, but this time he was a fraction of a second too late, and was struck by the car's right wheel, killing him in front of a large crowd of spectators, including children. A great show for the whole family!

Chung Ling Soo Was Shot While On Stage

Another victim of the "bullet catch," Chung Ling Soo was shot and killed during his show in 1918, after failing to properly clean out the gun. Residual gun powder ended up firing an actual bullet at Chung Ling Soo, and unfortunately you can't catch those ones. 

Perhaps more interesting is the fact that this famous Chinese magician wasn't actually Chinese at all. He was originally a magician's assistant named William Robinson, who had an awkward stage presence. His solution was to copy the act of a Chinese magician named Ching Ling Foo. He then used the persona as a way to avoid speaking during performances and even continued the act off-stage, using an interpreter everywhere he went. When he was shot, he broke character and spoke out in English for the first time, saying, "Oh my God. Something’s happened. Lower the curtain." Amateur.

Arnold Buck Was Shot In The Head With A Nail

Magician Arnold Buck added his name to the list of "bullet-catch" victims in 1840, but this time it was an audience member who was to blame. Buck invited an audience member on stage to load and shoot the gun. While the bullet that he loaded was a blank, the audience member had other plans and casually inserted some nails into the barrel of the gun. This little prank-turned-murder ended with Arnold Buck's face being torn apart by scraps of metal, leading to his death. Nailed it.

The Great Lafayette Was Trapped In A Burning Theatre

In 1911, "The Great Lafayette" (otherwise known as Sigmund Neuberger) was performing one of his most famous acts called The Lion's Bride in Edinburgh. In the trick, Lafayette was to be sacrificed to a giant 400 pound lion on stage. At the last second, however, Lafayette was to switch places and reveal himself to be in costume as the lion. 

Unfortunately, much of his stage decor was made up of oriental tenting and Chinese paper lanterns, as old-school magicians loved themselves some cultural appropriation. One such lantern caught fire during the act, and the entire stage became engulfed in flames. Lafayette was so paranoid about his tricks that three of the four exits backstage were locked, leaving only one exit open to his large cast and crew. Eleven people died, including Lafayette, who reportedly escaped and then returned to the blaze to save his beloved horse. However, after cremating his badly burned body, they found Lafayette's body again under a trap door beneath the stage. It was only then that Lafayette's secret was revealed: he used a body double and the real Lafayette had been stuck under the stage during the fire.

Balabrega Blew Up Himself And His Assistant

Johan Miller, a Swedish magician who went by the stage name "Balabrega," was touring in Brazil in 1900, when he purchased a trick known as "The Moth and the Flame." The act used pyrotechnics to make six women, costumed as moths, vanish into a candle flame. The flame required a gas supply, which wasn't readily available in Latin America at the time, so as an alternative he purchased gas bags of acetylene that he could easily transport to any stage he chose.

It all seemed like a fool-proof plan, until Balabrega was setting up for the show and one of the gas bags exploded. It literally blew Balabrega and his assistant to pieces all over the cast and crew, and severely injured his manager. At least he went out with a bang.

Genesta Trapped Himself In A Milk Can

Royden Joseph Gilbert Raison De La Genesta really had too long of a name to be in the entertainment industry, but nonetheless performed as a Houdini imitator. In 1930, Genesta attempted a famous Houdini trick: the milk-can escape. For those of you who don't drink your milk out of a human-sized can, this was actually how milk was transported from farms at the time. 

Genesta's milk-can escape involved a secret trap door that allowed him to escape despite the locks on the can's opening. What he didn't know, however, is that the milk can had been dropped en route, and the escape door was dented and no longer functioned. He was submerged in the milk can for three minutes before his wife realized something was wrong. Not used to using the locked door, the crew took another fateful minute to open the padlocks, and after momentarily regaining consciousness only to realize his failure, Genesta passed away.

The "Amazing" Joe Burrus Was Buried Alive

Magician Joe Burrus wanted to outdo magic legend and personal hero, Harry Houdini, who had nearly died while performing a "buried alive" trick. So, on Halloween 1990 (the anniversary of Houdini's death) Burrus attempted his own version of the trick at an amusement park. He was handcuffed, wrapped in chains, locked inside of a plastic and glass coffin, and lowered into a seven-foot hole at which point his crew threw seven tons of dirt and wet cement on top of the coffin. Seems a bit excessive. 

Before Burrus could even attempt his escape, the weight of the dirt and cement broke the coffin, collapsing onto Burrus and tragically killing him. Someone probably should've checked the physics on this one ahead of time.

Jeff Rayburn Hopper Escaped His Chains But Drowned

In 1984, Jeff Rayburn Hopper was rehearsing a trick for his afternoon show in Winona Lake, IN. His trick was your basic handcuff-and-chain-yourself-up-in-the-middle-of-a-rip-tide affair. He jumped into the water about 100 yards from shore and actually managed to get all of his chains off, at which point he started popping up to the surface yelling to his assistant for help. High winds at the time made rescuing him impossible, and he drowned in just six feet of water. Maybe he should've practiced the whole swimming part?

Fri, 12 May 2017 10:05:22 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/deadly-magician-acts/elle-tharp
<![CDATA[Here's Why Lorde Is Even Cooler Than You Already Thought She Is]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/facts-about-lorde/carly-silver?source=rss

Maybe you know alt-pop singer Lorde from her smash hit "Royals." Or maybe you're such a hardcore fan that you have lyrics from "The Louvre" tattooed on your body, and you consider Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O'Connor your BFF. Either way, you know there are tons of interesting facts about Lorde that make her more than just another female singer.

Lorde's the definition of an unconventional star. No Lorde biography is complete without a mention of her kooky, super-smart family and her upbringing in New Zealand. She ascended to pop stardom as a teen, and she doesn't show any signs of slowing down. Lorde keeps focused thanks to the support of famous friends, like Taylor Swift - Lorde memorably got onstage during the 1989 tour. But even though Lorde is part of Swift's "girl squad," she isn't crazy about the label. Other cool stories about Lorde range from how she got her stage name to her obsession with a particular fried food.

Snap on those headphones, turn up the volume, and settle in. The things you didn't know about Lorde will make you love her even more.

Here's Why Lorde Is Even Cooler Than You Already Thought She Is,

She's Not Crazy About Getting Lumped In With Taylor Swift's Squad

Taylor Swift is one of Lorde's BFFs and threw her a giant birthday party in 2016, but Lorde isn't keen on calling herself part of Swift's "girl squad." She joked that being close with someone famous was "like having a friend with very specific allergies. There are certain places you can't go together. Certain things you can't do. There are these different sets of considerations within the friendship. It's like having a friend with an autoimmune disease."

Later, Lorde clarified her remarks, praising Swift but downplaying the squad:

"I've always found people's perception of this 'squad' idea frustrating in the past; it was never some exclusive club or secret society but a wide circle of people, some of whom I know and some of [whom] I've never met, like most wide groups of friends. Forgive me for the mild eyeroll I popped when it was brought up as if we're all blood members of a secret cult."

She's Friends With Lena Dunham And Jack Antonoff

Lorde's 2017 album, Melodrama, was executive produced by her and musician Jack Antonoff, the boyfriend of writer/actress Lena Dunham. Lorde sort of moved in with the couple in their Brooklyn, NY, apartment, and crafted music with Antonoff in the living room. Lorde also co-wrote "Don't Take the Money" with Antonoff, a song about Dunham that Antonoff played with his band, Bleachers.

She Got Her First Record Deal At 13

Lorde was first signed to a development deal in 2009, when she was just 13 years old. She was first told to write songs for other artists, but she wound up finding her own voice and writing her own music.

As she developed her songwriting skills, Lorde started working with producer Joel Little. He was her collaborator until 2016.

She Has Synesthesia

Lorde has sound-to-color synesthesia, a neurological condition that allows her to see colors when particular musical notes are played. She told The New York Times, "From the moment I start something, I can see the finished song, even if it’s far-off and foggy."

She works to fix the colors and notes until everything comes into focus - and then the song is done.

Her Stage Name Comes From Her Obsession With Royalty

Her first single was the smash "Royals," but Lorde has always been fascinated by the aristocracy - it even inspired her stage name. She originally wanted the moniker "Lord," but added an "e" on it to make it more feminine.

She told Rolling Stone, "I'm really interested in the Ivy Leagues, the final clubs, all the really old-money families, the concept of old money."

She's The Daughter Of A Civil Engineer And An Award-Winning Poet

Lorde's dad, Vic O'Connor, is a civil engineer; he's been employed at the same firm for 30 years, and his daughter worked for him before she hit the big time. Her mom, Sonja Yelich, is an award-winning poet who encouraged Lorde to read a ton during her childhood:

"Mum always made sure there were lots of books around. For a long time we had a TV but no DVD player. Then Mum got one but she only allowed us to watch old stuff like Wonder Woman, The Partridge Family and Little House on the Prairie... Those shows are so cool."

She Had An Instagram Account About Onion Rings

Apparently Lorde is really into onion rings. In a 2017 appearance on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, she revealed she ran an account on Instagram devoted to reviewing onion rings. Sadly, Lorde didn't keep up the account, but she did share that she prefers batter over breading and likes to pickle the onions before frying them.

She Has A Vagina Painting In Her Bedroom

Once she moved out of her parents' home in New Zealand, Lorde got her own home nearby, which she promptly decorated in an unusual way. She hung a painting in her bedroom that she described to Rolling Stone as "big, weird, very beautiful, quite saucy." Lorde thinks the piece by British artist Celia Hempton is "definitely a vagina."

She Sang Lead For Nirvana

When Nirvana was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014, its living members tapped Lorde to sing in place of the late Kurt Cobain. Dave Grohl said, "There's something about her that represented or resembled the Nirvana aesthetic. She has an incredible future ahead of her as a writer, performer and vocalist."

Randomly, Lorde got some criticism from Iggy Azalea, who didn't think the performance was "appropriate."

Her Musical Tastes Are Diverse

Lorde's musical preferences are all over the map. As you might imagine, she adores indie acts like Arcade Fire and rock groups ranging from Fleetwood Mac to The 1975. But her tastes also run to hip-hop and R&B. She's tweeted her fandom for R&B singer Kehlani, analyzed the artistry of rapper Travis Scott, and added dancehall star Vybz Kartel to her Spotify playlists.

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 05:26:32 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/facts-about-lorde/carly-silver
<![CDATA[Relatives Of Celebrities Describe How They Reacted To Their Fame]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/celeb-relatives-react-to-their-fame/rebecca-shortall?source=rss

Celebrities aren’t just born out of the ether and sent into the public eye. They come from families filled with siblings, cousins, second cousins, fourth cousins twice removed, nieces, nephews, step-siblings, and half-siblings. And those relatives have access to the Internet and Reddit, where they are more than ready to share their take on being close to stars.

What's it like to be related to a celebrity? In some ways, it's just like being related to anyone else: you see each other at holidays and on family trips. But there are some bonuses, too. It helps to have a famous face in the mix if you want to cut the line at Disneyland.

How celeb relatives react to their fame ranges from chilled out indifference to glee at being the beneficiary of perks typically reserved for the rich and famous. These stories from relatives of celebrities are always entertaining. After all, celebrities on Reddit are common, but how often do you get to hear from those lucky enough to share DNA with today’s stars?

Relatives Of Celebrities Describe How They Reacted To Their Fame,

Charles M. Schulz

From psylnced:

"My grandfather was Charles Schulz, the creator of Peanuts (Charlie Brown). I don't really know how it affected my family gatherings because my family hasn't been together for a long time for other reasons. But I do know that for a few members of the family the comics are really important to them and they really pride themselves in their involvement with them."

David Tennant

From LJGHunter:

"Spouse is related to David Tennant. I did not know this until after we were married (spouse born in America). Not impacted life at all except I got to meet him during my first trip to London. Their family scored us tickets to Much Ado About Nothing and we saw David Tennant and Cathrine Tate after the show. Nothing bad to say about either of them; they were both lovely and effusive and Tennant gave us both a hug even though neither of us had ever met him before. Spouse had a brief chat about mutual acquaintances in the family and then we left."

J. K. Rowling

From jack_hughez:

"I'm relatively closely related to JK Rowling, and to be honest it doesn't affect family gatherings at all. Either people whisper about her from afar, or go up and have a conversation with her. Most people don't make a big deal of it and she does the same and just chats to anyone that speaks to her. The biggest reaction I ever get is when someone finds out I'm related to her haha!"

Keanu Reeves

From Aeksel:

"Related to Keanu Reeves. We have a Reeve's [sic] ohana gathering every year in Hawai'i and he never comes. Which I don't blame him at all, his dad was not a good father so I assume, besides being a busy actor, he doesn't come because that burned the bridges with our family. My dad sometimes mentions Keanu when the reunions happen, about how he doesn't visit. It's not in a bitter way or anything, just sometimes the little cousins ask. I haven't met all my family in Hawai'i yet cause I live in the mainland, but I do know at least a few people are salty about it. Other than that, my cousins look up to him and get excited when he's in a movie. Even if the kids aren't allowed to watch cause of violence they see a movie poster and look all awe-struck. So cute."

Lucy Lawless

From KnuckleCurve01:

"My aunt is Xena the Warrior princess and absolutely nothing at family gatherings. She is just our aunt. We got stopped a couple times in New Orleans by people who recognized her. Back in NZ when her show was going on some little girls would come up and want to take pics.

She's the one of the nicest people to talk to and never acts like a celebrity. I have gotten to do some very cool stuff in my life which Ill never take for granted because of her kindness!"

Matthew McConaughey

From drycheck:

"Matt McConaughey is my 2nd cousin. He acts normal with us but the bastard has yet to deliver me a Buick for the bully I beat up for him 38 years ago... Though he does always bring the best booze to the parties."

Megan Fox

From an unknown Redditor:

"Megan Fox is my first cousin once removed (her mother and my grandfather are brother and sister).

She's six years older than me, so there are plenty of pictures of us playing together while growing up, but once she got to the point of puberty, she quickly shifted into modeling and moved from Tennessee to Florida to pursue it. She then got into movies and as you know, made it rather big.

The last time she was in town to visit was about twelve years ago. She came for Christmas and everything seemed normal until she whipped out the stack of headshots she had brought to sign for us to take to back to our friends and such.

She did make it a point to call my grandfather when he had his heart attack back in 2014, so not all is lost in fame. The headshots thing was just a tad comical."

Vanilla Ice

From -greenleaf-:

"My co-worker is a distant cousin of Vanilla Ice. She hasn't seen him in years. The last time she saw him was at a wedding when they were both older kids. She remembers him acting like a jerk and pushing somebody into a pool."

Viggo Mortensen

From spacemanspiff30:

"My wife is childhood friends with family of Viggo Mortensen. She got to hang out with him after he shot Lord of the Rings but before it was released. Said he was a very cool guy, extremely laid back, and fun to have a beer with. Her friend spent her childhood hanging out with him on summer vacations and has yet to have a bad thing to say about him."

Zac Efron

From TKizzll:

"Cousins with Zac Efron here. Most of my family is just stoked about [his fame] for the most part. I know that his grandparents recently visited him in LA and he was so busy he could only spend an hour or so with them.

No one believed he was my cousin until I showed them my dad's high school senior photo where he looks identical to Zac."

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 09:01:27 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/celeb-relatives-react-to-their-fame/rebecca-shortall
<![CDATA[These Rare Recordings Of Famous Historical Figures Speaking Are Fascinating]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/historical-figures-whose-voices-you-can-listen-to/cheryl-adams-richkoff?source=rss

History is able to truly spring to life thanks to modern technological advancements in film and sound. And the voices! Some of them beloved and familiar, while others may surprise us - especially considering that some of the oldest and most famous historical voices were actually recorded in the 19th century on Edison wax cylinders.

There are a surprisingly large number of famous people whose voices can be listened to today all thanks to the unique recording devices that were developed throughout history. It is as if we are able to travel back through time and get to know the people we've only ever been able to read about. So, lend an ear, and check out these famous historical voices.

These Rare Recordings Of Famous Historical Figures Speaking Are Fascinating,

Alexander Graham Bell

In 1885, Alexander Graham Bell's voice was recorded with a little help from Thomas Edison.

Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart gives an uplifting speech to women around the world in 1936, one year before she went missing in the Pacific.

George Washington Carver

The early civil rights leader, George Washington Carver, surprised everyone in these 1920s recordings of his high-pitched voice.

Harry Houdini

Recorded on October 29,1914, on six Edison wax cylinders, Houdini discusses his water torture trick.

Helmuth von Moltke the Elder

Von Moltke was the earliest person to ever be recorded on audio. These two recordings were made in 1889.

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Who could ever resist that whispery, magical voice? First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy presented both an audio and video tour of the White House on February 14, 1962.

Rudolph Valentino

The precise, dulcet tones of the 1920's sexiest man alive, Rudolph Valentino.

Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison is the man we can thank for all those lovely, restored wax cannisters that hold upon them the voices of figures long passed.

Queen Victoria

A Graphophone recording of Queen Victoria of Great Britain.

Civil War Veteran Lauren Higbie

There are a handful of audio and film recordings of aged Civil War veterans chatting with one another, calling out the Rebel Yell, and discussing days gone by when they had fought against one another. This rare recording features 85-year-old veteran Lauren Higbie singing a popular Civil War song, "Veteran's Last Song." The year was 1927.

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 08:25:25 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/historical-figures-whose-voices-you-can-listen-to/cheryl-adams-richkoff
<![CDATA[These Actors Lied To Land Major TV And Movie Roles]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/actors-who-lied-to-get-movie-roles/anncasano?source=rss

Who hasn't lied on a resume in order to get a job? Making it as an A-List actor or actress is a one-in-a-million chance, so this list of celebrities who lied to get parts shouldn't really surprise anyone. Leave your judgment at the door and check out these famous actors who lied to get movie roles.

Do you speak German? Ja. Are you a skilled horseback rider? Of course. How old are you? I’m exactly the age you need me to be to appear in this movie. Language skills can be learned, horseback riding can be taught, and age is just a number. Let’s face it, when young actors desperate for work arrive in Hollywood, lying about a skill set or their age is just a technicality. Unless, of course, that fib comes back to haunt them.

One famous actress on this list lied that she loved horses, when in fact she was not only terrified of them, but also allergic. Another actor said he had mad volleyball skills, but when it came time to serve and volley, he looked like a fool in front of the film’s cast and crew. Several actors have lied about being able to ride horses. Like, way more than you might expect. Read about those stories and other famous celebrities who lied to get ahead in Hollywood.

These Actors Lied To Land Major TV And Movie Roles,

Anne Hathaway

During Anne Hathaway's audition for Brokeback Mountain, she took her parents' advice and lied to director Ang Lee about her skill set. She admitted as much in an interview with Out magazine:

"When I left the audition, the last thing Ang said was, ‘Oh, by the way, can you ride a horse?’ My parents have given me a lot of gifts in my life, and one of them is: If you’re ever asked if you can do anything, say yes. You can learn anything in two weeks if you’re motivated enough. So I’d never been on a horse, and I replied, ‘Oh yeah, I’m a really good rider.’ So I knew I had to learn to ride, and I got really, really, really good."

Although the Oscar winner learned how to ride before production began, the lie came back to haunt her. When she got to the set, Hathaway didn't realize the horse she was given only responded to verbal commands. Therefore, she was unable to figure out how to ride it. The truth came out during rehearsal in front of hundreds of extras.

Chloë Grace Moretz

Who says a young lass can't fool a veteran director? When 14-year-old Chloë Grace Moretz auditioned in front of Martin Scorsese for the part of Isabelle in 2011's Hugo, the native Georgian told the Academy-Award-winning director she was British.

Moretz came clean during a December 2011 interview with The Mirror:

"He flew [British co-star Asa Butterfield] and I out to New York to audition in front of him and I spoke in a British accent the whole time. I'd lived in London for five months when I was filming Kick-Ass, so I knew the rhythm of the accent, which is one of the main things you have to pick up. There's huge difference in the way the British act and speak, and I stayed in character with Marty until the end.

"When I thanked him and walked out, he said, 'Hold on, did I hear an American accent?' I said, 'Maybe', and he replied, 'You tricked me'. But it worked because I got the part. Sometimes you have to do whatever you can to get the role."

Daniel Craig

British actor Daniel Craig used to say he was a skilled horse rider in order to land parts. He had no experience riding horses, but got away with the fib for a while. "The horse movies I had done before had so little money that I didn't have the chance to practice. I would just turn up to shoot and get on a horse pretending to know what I was doing - sometimes just to get the part."

Craig could no longer fake it when he was cast in the science fiction/western genre bender Cowboys & Aliens (2011); he needed to learn how to ride for the movie and wound up liking the experience. "I was on a horse every day for two weeks before we started shooting this movie so by the end, had I had the land, I would have bought a horse!"

Eddie Redmayne

Fake it 'til you make it... or kill yourself trying? Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne lied to director Tom Hooper about being an experienced horseback rider, a skill set needed for period piece Elizabeth I. When Redmayne perched himself on a massive stallion surrounded by 40 stuntmen on horses, with Helen Mirren waiting in the wings, things went horribly wrong.

"They called action and I basically went ferociously down at 100 miles an hour. I almost killed myself, almost killed half of the crew," Redmayne revealed on Conan O'Brien's late night show. "Tom Hooper comes from behind Helen Mirren with a huge loud speaker and goes, 'You’re a f*cking liar, Redmayne.'"

Thankfully for Redmayne, Hooper didn't fire him, but rather sent the actor for horseback riding lessons.

George Lazenby

When thinking about all the actors who have played James Bond, most don't even recall George Lazenby as 007. The Australian model had no acting experience whatsoever when asked to audition for Bond by a casting agent he had dated. The first thing Lazenby did in his attempt to replace Sean Connery as Bond was get a complete makeover.

"He went to Sean Connery’s barber, Kurt’s, then in the basement of the Dorchester. He asked for his hair to be cut like Bond. Kurt then told him who was Connery’s tailor, and Lazenby went to get a suit. At Anthony Sinclair, no bespoke suit could be readied in time, but there was one Connery had rejected. It fit Lazenby like a sartorial Excalibur."

Then, Lazenby concocted some lies. When casting director Dyson Lovell took the actor to meet producer Harry Saltzman, Lazenby thought up a fake acting resume en route to the meeting. Later in the vetting process, Lazenby buckled under his lie, confessing to director Peter Hunt.

"I’ve never acted a day in my life. I’ve modeled but never spoken in front of a camera.’ And he’s looking at me, ‘What? And you say you can’t act? You’ve fooled two of the most ruthless men I’ve ever met in my life. Stick to your story, and I’ll make you the next James Bond.’"

Lazenby only played Bond in one film, On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969). He was offered a long term contract to appear in additional Bond movies but got some bad advice from a friend and refused the generous offer. Sean Connery came for Diamonds Are Forever (1971) before giving way to Roger Moore.

Laura Fraser

In order to get the part of high-powered executive black marketeer Lydia Rodarte-Quayle on AMC's Breaking Bad, Laura Fraser lied when studio heads asked whether she speaks German. The Scottish actress admitted only after she was cast and had appeared on the show that she lied her way into the role. Outside of a few basic phrases she learned in school, Fraser doesn't speak German.

Fraser learned her lines phonetically. She recalls thinking, "Oh no, what’s coming? It was corporate-speak German and it was a nightmare – it took me days to learn a little paragraph. Now I bore my family with it – it’s my party trick."

Laurence Fishburne

Laurence Fishburne got his start acting at 11, when he played Josh Hall on daytime soap One Life to Live. He eventually left One Life to Live to play Tyrone Miller, AKA Mr. Clean, in Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now when he was just 14. How could a 14-year-old boy be allowed to play a soldier in a notoriously grueling movie about the Vietnam War?

He lied. Fishburne told Coppola he was 16. The actor was on set for the film from 1976-1978, living in the jungles of the Philippines, working alongside several of the most acclaimed actors in cinema, including Martin Sheen, Dennis Hopper, Marlon Brando, and Robert Duvall. Fishburne credits Coppola for having a major influence on his craft: "As an actor, Coppola trained me. That was my training ground."

Mila Kunis

During an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in 2012, Mila Kunis admitted she told a sort-of lie about her age in order to land the part of Jackie Burkhart on That '70s Show. All the actors who auditioned for the show had to be at least 18 years old. Kunis was 14. She explained to Leno, "Legally I was 14, but I told them I was a little bit older... I told them I was gonna be 18, which is not technically a lie, cause at one point... I was gonna be 18."

Eventually, the producers figured out Kunis was underage, but put it aside because she was the best fit for the part. The Ukraine-born actress stayed on the show for eight seasons before transitioning to a career on the big screen.

Nicolas Cage

Due to the graphic nature of the hilariously raunchy Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982), all the actors who auditioned for the film had to be at least 18. Nicolas Cage wanted the part of Brad Hamilton (which went to Judge Reinhold), so the 17-year-old actor lied, saying he was 18. Producers figured out Cage was fibbing, and the actor later stated he didn't get the part of Brad because he was a minor and therefore couldn't work the hours needed for a larger role.

Despite being a minor, Cage scored a bit part in the movie, playing one of Brad's friends. Cage has said his first screen role on the set of Fast Times was a "terrible experience."

"I was surrounded by actors, whose names I won’t mention, who were not very open to the idea of a young guy named ‘Coppola’ being an actor. So that movie was instrumental in me changing my name because of the kind of unfortunate responses to my last name… They would congregate outside my trailer and say things, like quoting lines from Apocalypse Now, and it made it very hard for me to believe in myself."

The Academy Award-winning actor changed his stage name from Coppola to Cage not long after. In case you didn't know, his uncle is Francis Ford Coppola.

Rachel McAdams

Rachel McAdams really wanted to work with acclaimed director Terrence Malick. When considered for the part of Jane in To The Wonder (2012), she was asked whether she liked horses or had an issue working with them. McAdams lied, saying she loved horses. In truth, she's allergic to, and was terrified of, horses.

McAdams controlled her allergies with antihistamines and overcome her fear of horses. She said during an interview with The Guardian, "My first day of the shoot I was in the middle of a corral with 50 horses who had never before been touched by humans. It's like when people ask if you can ride for a medieval film – you think you can just get away with it. And I did, somehow!"

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 03:17:41 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/actors-who-lied-to-get-movie-roles/anncasano
<![CDATA[The Most Legendary Big Brother Contestants: Where Are They Now?]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/where-are-big-brother-contestants-now/rebecca-shortall?source=rss

Big Brother launched in 1999 in the Netherlands. It was originally billed as a social experiment: what happens when strangers are filmed constantly while competing for a hefty chunk of money? The formula proved to be a winning one. Big Brother has become a bonafide reality television hit, spawning franchises in more than 50 different countries. You can argue over the best season of Big Brother, but there's no denying that the show has had some unforgettable contestants. They make a splash on screen, but what about after the show? Where are Big Brother contestants now?

You may not think of them much, if ever. Maybe occasionally you'll remember one season with particular fondness, and think to yourself, "What have Big Brother stars been up to?" In some cases, the answer is "Not much." But where did legendary Big Brother contestants go? They've been arrested, gotten married, and even made names for themselves on other sucessful reality shows.

The Most Legendary Big Brother Contestants: Where Are They Now?,

Alison Irwin

Alison Irwin was one of the two Machiavellian masterminds behind the manipulative machinations of Season 4, earning her, and partner-in-villainy Jun Song, reputations as the big bads of the Big Brother house. Irwin managed to come in as runner-up in her season but was thought to be too villainous to claim the top spot.

Since appearing on Big Brother, Irwin competed on Season 5 of The Amazing Race with boyfriend and fellow Big Brother contestant Donny Patrick. The pair promptly broke up after they were eliminated from the competition. She has since gotten married to a guy who was not on Big Brother and started a family.

Mike Malin

Mike "Boogie" Malin won Big Brother's all star season, but it's been a downhill slide from there. In 2007, Malin was charged with assault and spent 15 hours in a Denver jail cell following Game 4 of the World Series. He was arrested for "allegedly assaulting a waitress at a local sports bar."

Things didn't exactly get better for Malin. He filed for bankruptcy in 2015 after he landed in debt to the tune of $23 million. 

Will Kirby

Season 2 winner Will Kirby has done a lot since he took home the top prize in 2001. He's appeared on the reality television show Dr. 90210 and made an appearance on a 2008 episode of The Doctors as well. Kirby is currently a practicing dermatologist in the Los Angeles area.

Dick Donato

Dick Donato is certainly memorable for visual reasons alone. After winning Season 8, Donato appeared on VH1's Couples Therapy with girlfriend Stephanie Rogness-Fischer. There, he shared that he was HIV positive.

Despite his diagnosis, Donato remains optimistic; he told People magazine that the diagnosis "wasn't a death sentence like it used to be." He also said, "I’m looking forward to going public with this, because maybe, just maybe, this can be the moment where I do something that really helps other people."

Adam Jasinski

Season 9 winner Adam Jasinski had the misfortune of appearing on one of Big Brother's most boring seasons. And it’s no surprise - the season was devised as a means of filling up CBS's fall schedule to cope with the writers' strike.

Jasinki's personal life proved to be far more tumultuous than his time on the show; he was arrested for drug trafficking and tax evasion in 2011. He was sentenced to four years in federal prison, and copped to having blown through the $500,000 prize money in an attempt to garner some leniency in his sentence. It didn't work.

Today, Jasinski helps recovering addicts at the Oceans Medical Center. As a convicted felon, he can't be paid, so he dedicates his free time to helping others turn their lives around.

Dan Gheesling

Dan Gheesling, Season 10's winner, is definitely memorable. He hosted a funeral for himself on screen, a stunt he says he devised as a visual metaphor for him being "dead in the game."

After Gheesling won in 2008, he got married and now works as a life coach and inspirational speaker.

Jordan Lloyd

Jordan Lloyd found love in what most people would assume is a hopeless place: the Big Brother house. She and fellow Season 11 contestant Jeff Schroeder hooked up and also went on to compete in The Amazing Race together in 2010.

In 2014, Lloyd and Schroeder got engaged in the backyard of the Big Brother house, bringing it all back to where it started. The pair got married in March 2016 in a Beverly Hills Courthouse, and a few months later, Lloyd gave birth to a baby boy.

Hayden Moss

Some have described Season 12 winner Hayden Moss as a "heartthrob"; he probably sent a few Big Brother fans' hearts a-flutter with that mop of surfer hair. But post-show, he has shorn the Bieber cut and opted to take a more adventurous reality show route by competing on Survivor: Blood vs Water. He is also dating LA Clippers dancer Kellie Janeski.

Andy Herren

Andy Herron won Big Brother Season 15, becoming the first openly gay contestant to do so in the process. But he wasn't all that tolerant, referring to eliminated house guests as "robotic biracials" and talking at length about how much he'd like to punch a female contestant in the throat. All this lead to him being promptly fired from his position as a part-time instructor at the College of DuPage.

Aaryn Gries Was Dropped By Her Agency

During Season 15, Aaryn Gries was memorable much in the same way that Paula Deen or Mel Gibson is: they're all horribly racist.

Following her eviction from the house, Gries was dropped by the Austin-based talent agency that represented her. The magazine Bella Petite severed ties with her as well. She did get married in 2015, though she hasn't lived down her offensive comments on TV.

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 03:28:23 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/where-are-big-brother-contestants-now/rebecca-shortall
<![CDATA[Would You Bang Your '90s Boy Crush Now That He's A Grown Man?]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/90s-boy-crushes-now/jacob-shelton?source=rss

Was there a better era for heartthrobs than the '90s? The decade was a magical time for teen boys who were total dreamboats. But as hot as your fave '90s boy toy may have been on TGIF, would you bang your '90s crush now? Not only are you different people these days, but most of your boy crushes from the '90s peaked in 1996. What do your '90s crushes look like now? And do you really want to spend a night in Sherman Oaks making out with a guy who won’t stop talking about the buffet at Danielle Fishel’s wedding?

Is your '90s boy crush still hot? You want to pretend like it doesn’t matter. You want to act like nothing's changed, even if they no longer resemble that Tiger Beat poster you smooched every day before leaving to catch the bus. But deep down, you know you can’t stop thinking about whether Devon Sawa still has those haunting eyes, or if he just looks haunted. Read to the end to find out if your '90s teen boy crushes are still cutie pies, and maybe consider printing out this list and taping it to your mirror. No judgment.

Would You Bang Your '90s Boy Crush Now That He's A Grown Man?,

Devon Sawa

Then: Devon Sawa was such a '90s spooky babe; if you were into ghosts, demon-infested hands, or movies where death slowly stalked a group of sexy teens, then you had a whole thing for Sawa. Why was he such a babe? It probably had something to do with that ocean wave-styled hair part. 

Now: After his heyday came to an end, Sawa seemed like he was doing anything he could to keep from becoming a child actor cliché. Apparently that means mostly playing detectives and guys that scowl. Good for him. 

Would You Still Hit It?: Bring back the tidal wave hair and we'll talk.

Freddie Prinze, Jr.

Then: Freddie Prinze, Jr. was a jock with heart of gold, and a lot of pre-teens in the '90s were totally into that - at least, until he put on a yellow Fred Jones wig and freaked everyone out. 

Now: After the '90s, Prinze more or less disappeared from the film world to do voiceover work, have kids with Sarah Michelle Gellar, and count his money. He's the one heartthrob who figured out how to get out of this world alive.

Would You Still Hit It?: That depends on how you feel about someone calling you "bro" in bed.

James Van Der Beek

Then: Was James Van Der Beek actually hot in the '90s, or was his hotness simply a creation of Big Heartthrob? He's arguably not the hottest guy on Dawson's Creek, but somehow he became the guy. The '90s were weird. 

Now: More like James Van Der Babe, right? The Beek has somehow reinvented himself into a hot basic bro who has a sense of humor. Who said there were no second acts? 

Would You Still Hit It?: Turn up the Paula Cole and let's get weird. 

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Then: In the '90s, JGL had the perfect floppy hair and supercute grin. Also, when he spent 7/8 of 10 Things I Hate About You pining for Alex Mack, he was straight-up adorable. 

Now: Gordon-Levitt is one of the few heartthrobs that managed to escape heartthrobdom unscathed. He takes on weird character roles more than romantic leads these days, and runs a production company.

Would You Still Hit It?: This is really a judgment call, but keep in mind that if you stay the night he's probably going to show you his collection of pork pie hats. 

Justin Timberlake

Then: Back in the '90s, this curly-haired waif jumpstarted puberty for a nation of sixth graders, and the world is better for it. Maybe Justin Timberlake's bleached white hair was questionable, but who cares when he's got a smile that can turn on the sun. 

Now: It took almost two decades, but Timberlake finally learned what not to do with his hair. He's still looking good, still insanely successful, and that smile is still poppin'. 

Would You Still Hit It?: Will he wear marionette strings? Either way, yes.

Leonardo DiCaprio

Then: Did Leonardo DiCaprio come out of the womb with a squinty pout? It's pointless to argue about whether or not Leo was a babe in the '90s. The only conversation to have is which Leo do you think is hotter: Romeo, Jack, or Arnie?

Now: Leo can still be hot when he wants to be, but he's moved from "steaming hot piece of meat" more into the realm of "serious, Oscar-winning actor." 

Would You Still Hit It?: Of course you would! It's not like the beard from The Revenant is that much of a turn-off.

Luke Perry

Then: Admittedly, Luke Perry was a full grown adult when he was a playing a young man in the '90s. But he was still dreamy.

Now: If you've watched Riverdale, then you've no doubt noticed that Perry somehow looks younger than he did than when he was on 90210 in the '90s. Does he have Benjamin Button disease? Is he a warlock? Does he own a Lazarus pit? Those are the only three options. 

Would You Still Hit It?: Duh.

Mark-Paul Gosselaar

Then: MPG was already a little old in the '90s to be a heartthrob, but who cares when he can freeze time and has that immaculate sandy blond hair?

Now: After Saved by the BellGosselaar managed to keep himself from turning into a joke by taking jobs on a ton of different shows. He's appeared in everything from his very own USA lawyer show to Happy Endings - and he still has that hair.

Would You Still Hit It?: Sure, as long as he didn't try to pull any "time out" stunts.

Nick Lachey

Then: Nick Lachey of 98 Degrees was a classic '90s dreamboat. He had muscles that made him look like a statue, sported weird tribal tattoos, and wore a ton of vests.

Now: He still has his statue bod going on, so good on him for not letting himself go. Lachey has had some personal struggles (he divorced Jessica Simpson) but has since settled down and started a family.

Would You Still Hit It?: He's still a looker, but he looks like he might use Axe body spray.

Rider Strong

Then: Rider Strong always seemed like the bad boy actor who would find you across a crowded Boy Meets World wrap party, take you by the hand, and lead you to an arcade on his Vespa where you would play Street Fighter II until he got you home just after curfew. 

Now: No one stays hot forever, and that's OK. At least Strong's still working. And you never know - he might still take you to that arcade. 

Would You Still Hit It?: Your call.

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 06:10:20 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/90s-boy-crushes-now/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[There Were A Surprising Number of Nazis Hired By The U.S. Government After WWII]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/nazis-who-contributed-to-american-culture/stephanroget?source=rss

Nazis in America! It sounds like the premise of a bad B-movie, but it’s actually just one more complicated and controversial moment from the dark annals of American history. Many scientists under Hitler were actually brilliant, inventing secret Nazi technology that caught the attention of the superpowers of the world. The truth is that not one, not two, but dozens of former Nazis (as much as anyone can really be a “former” Nazi) survived and thrived in the United States long after the conclusion of World War II. How did they manage this impressive infiltration? They were invited by the US Government, of course!

There are countless Nazis who got away, but not all of them were recruited by a world superpower and handed a cushy job with an expunged record. Only the former fascists with something tangible to offer the American empire were chosen, such as rocket scientist Wernher von Braun. Those lucky few dozen were brought to the US as a part of “Operation Paperclip,” a secret program that even the President was initially unaware of. The basic justification was simple: the Cold War was beginning, and if America didn’t recruit Nazi scientists, the Soviets would. Any moral implications or ethical concerns were secondary, if they were even considered at all. Read on discover various Nazis who moved to the US and made significant contributions to American research. 

There Were A Surprising Number of Nazis Hired By The U.S. Government After WWII,

Erich Traub

Erich Traub started out life as a simple veterinarian, but his expertise in animal diseases soon lead to his recruitment into the Nazi fold. He worked directly with Heinrich Himmler in a secret facility, attempting to create bio-weapons for the war effort. He officially became known as a “virologist.”

Traub was scooped up by the Americans in the wake of the war. He was instructed to keep working on his weaponized diseases, just in case they needed to use them against the Soviets. Traub eventually moved on from these violent endeavors and became the world’s leading expert on “foot-and-mouth disease.” 

Hubertus Strughold

Hubertus Strughold has the distinction of being known as the “father of space medicine.” Back in Germany, Strughold was the chief of the Aeromedical Research wing in the German Luftwaffe. After the war, he became a part of Operation Paperclip.

He worked for the Air Force and NASA, studying the effects of space travel on human bodies and developing methods to mitigate those effects. Although America’s ability to put a man into space was heavily dependent on Strughold, more information about his human experimentation during WWII came to light after his death, which rightfully ruined his reputation. 

Klaus Barbie

Klaus Barbie might just be the most vicious and evil Nazi associated with America after the war. Unlike most of the Nazi recruits, Barbie was far from a scientist. Known as the “Butcher of Lyon,” Barbie was a Gestapo and SS thug who was known for his ability to torture prisoners of war with extreme effectiveness.

After the WWII, the CIA brought him in to work for the West German Intelligence Service, and he went on to serve the CIA in several South American missions. It is heavily rumored that Barbie had a personal hand in the capture and execution of legendary revolutionary Che Guevara. Thankfully, Barbie was eventually tried and imprisoned for his crimes in 1983.

Kurt Blome

Kurt Blome was a virologist who was known to have experimented on concentration camp inmates during WWII. He was brought to Nuremberg for trial in 1947. The US intervened and got Blome off the hook, under the auspice of having him come to America to work on cancer research. Instead, when Blome arrived, he was directed to develop bacteriological warfare. He eventually joined the US Army Chemical Corps, often working on highly classified projects until he eventually returned to West Germany in the ‘60s. 

Reinhard Gehlen

Reinhard Gehlen was a man who could get the job done. During the war, Gehlen was a general for the Nazis who ran the Wehrmacht Foreign Armies East unit, and he served there until the war’s conclusion. Afterwards, the United States snapped him up and brought him to the US, where they began preparing him for a career as a spy-master.

Gehlen was eventually sent back to occupied Germany, where he formed the Gehlen Organization and used it to conduct espionage and to sabotage the Soviet Union. Gehlen’s major objective was to disrupt communism wherever it appeared. After his days working for the US were over, Gehlen became the head of West Germany’s newly formed Federal Intelligence Service. 

Wernher von Braun

Wernher von Braun is undoubtedly the most famous individual involved with Operation Paperclip, and he’s considered the father of rocketry, and indeed the entire space program, in America. For Wernher, it was always about rockets. Von Braun served the Nazis faithfully, developing the infamous V-2 rockets that helped give the Germans an advantage in the war.

Following WWII’s conclusion, von Braun was one of the first recruits to Operation Paperclip, and he was allowed to select dozens of his fellow Nazi rocket scientists to bring along for the ride. Von Braun was an integral part of the US space program from then on, and is probably the single biggest reason why the Americans beat the Soviets to the moon. 

Otto Ambros

Otto Ambros was a Nazi chemistry superstar, and reportedly Hitler’s favorite chemist. He was involved in the creation of several nerve gasses, including sarin gas. Supposedly, the “A” in sarin stands for Ambros. Unlike some of the other Nazis who ended up working for the Americans, Ambros was actually tried and convicted for his war crimes, and would serve time from 1948-1952. After his release, he took his chemistry skills to the US, where he worked for major companies like Dow Chemical and even the US Army Chemical Corps. 

Kurt Debus

Kurt Debus is one of the most celebrated figures in America’s aeronautical history. He is also a former Nazi. Like von Braun, Debus was a rocket scientist who worked on V-2 rocketry for the Nazis. Operation Paperclip gave Debus the opportunity to join von Braun’s dream team in the United States, where they helped America gain the edge in the space race. Debus fit in so well at his new home that he eventually became the first director in the history of the Kennedy Space Center in 1962. NASA still hands out awards with Debus’ name on them.

Theodor Benzinger

Theodor Benzinger was a doctor and physiologist who worked closely with Heinrich Himmler during the war and may have experimented on concentration camp victims. Benzinger was supposed to stand trial at Nuremberg, but the US whisked him away to conduct some science for them.

Operation Paperclip assigned Benzinger to the Naval Medical Research Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, and he used his time there to invent several important medical devices, including the ear thermometer. He also invented a device that measured calorie loss, aiding dieters nationwide.

Walter Schieber

Walter Schieber served the Nazis with distinction in WWII, earning the War Merit Cross that was personally presented by Hitler for his work with the Armaments Supply Office. Schieber was such a high-profile Nazi that the Americans did not want to risk bringing him over to their country, but they were still interested in the contents of his mind. They stated that his “talents” were so important that they overrode “any consideration of his political background.” The US set him up with a chemical lab in West Germany, where he worked for a decade developing various nerve gasses. 

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 09:52:44 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/nazis-who-contributed-to-american-culture/stephanroget
<![CDATA[Actors That Should Be Cast In The Inevitable Trump Investigation Miniseries]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/actors-in-future-trump-russia-miniseries/rebecca-shortall?source=rss

Whatever the outcome of the Trump/Russia investigation, one thing is for sure: it’s going to make one hell of a television miniseries. Who wouldn't want to see a dramatization of Trump's ties to Russia, and his connections to Vladimir Putin? Once ex-FBI Director James Comey's statement on the situation was released on June 8, 2017, it seemed as if the entire news-savvy world began clamoring for more salacious details. His words read like the opening to a riveting HBO drama - and the people are dying to binge watch it.

Dream casting a Trump miniseries is surprisingly easy; there are so many actors who would be perfect in a Trump drama. These skilled performers possess the talent and poise to sell the insanity that is the current American political scene. And the fictional Trump/Russia investigation miniseries wouldn't even have to exaggerate much - every week of the Trump administration is bonkers. Admit it, you’re already salivating at the thought of watching what is sure to be the television series of the century.

Actors That Should Be Cast In The Inevitable Trump Investigation Miniseries,

Alec Baldwin

Could this role go to anyone else? Alec Baldwin famously stepped into the President's signature comb-over on Saturday Night Live in the 2016-2017 season, a portrayal that irritated Donald Trump to no end.

Baldwin has certainly brought the funny as Trump, but he also possesses the dramatic chops to pull off a more serious miniseries. He could illustrate the unraveling mind of a man who wanders around the White House at night, who tweets the word "covfefe," who repeatedly claims that a former president is wiretapping him. As a bonus, Trump would hate it.

Jeff Goldblum

James Comey, the former FBI Director who is prone to exclaiming "Lordy," measures 6'8" tall. So, finding an actor that matches Comey in stature as well as personality is (forgive the pun) a tall order.

Luckily, there's Jeff Goldblum. He stands at 6'4", a mere four inches shorter than Comey. But there’s more than height to this match-up; Goldblum’s unique delivery and screen presence ensures he would be able to deliver Comey’s frequent "Oh Lordies" and "Goshes" better than any other actor working today.

Mark Strong

No miniseries about President Trump's alleged connections to Russia would be complete without someone playing Vladimir Putin. It wouldn't be a walk in the park - the man is one shady individual. He has garnered praise from Trump for being able to rule over Russia with an iron fist. He has reportedly ordered the death of numerous adversaries, and he is linked to the questionable dealings behind the 2016 U.S. election.

Who better to portray bald-headed villainy than Mark Strong? Strong can do accents, so Russian should be no trouble for the British actor. Strong can also pull off a steely, dead-eyed stare like no other, and would probably look great sitting shirtless atop a horse.

Matthew Morrison

The similarity between Matthew Morrison and Paul Ryan is downright eerie. Morrison may not have the Eddie Munster-like hair, but overall, these two might as well be twins.

Need more proof of this casting's perfection? Consider how Ryan’s attempt at a dab was as cringeworthy as Morrison’s attempts at rapping during his tenure as Glee's Will Schuester.

Michael Cera

Jared Kushner is married to President Trump's daughter, Ivanka Trump, a position that apparently granted him unprecedented levels of access to the White House. Prior to June 19, 2017, Kushner had managed to remain a silent, enigmatic presence to the public. What could the voice the of the man with the most responsibility in the Trump administration sound like? As it turns out, like this.

Kushner has the voice of a little boy. He is a wispy man-child who seems like he stumbled into a potential international scandal by accident. And who else can capture the essence of thin, awkward white boys better than Michael Cera? Imagine Cera freaking out in a White House office, fumbling his words, as he realizes his ties to Russia are being revealed by the press. It would be perfect!

Nicole Kidman

Melania Trump has been silent about her husband's supposed connections to Russia. In fact, she's been silent about almost all aspects of Trump's presidency; she didn't even move to the White House until June 12, 2017. But any look at the insanity of the Trump administration would need to include the First Lady.

Nicole Kidman is no stranger to prestige television (Big Little Lies, anyone?). She's not afraid of taking on challenging roles. And, just like Mrs. Trump, she's 5'11" tall.

Richard Dreyfuss

Richard Dreyfuss and John McCain share some clear physical similarities in appearance: their head shape, hair color, and general old white guy face. But Dreyfuss is also excellent at playing grumpy old men, and would be absolutely perfect at delivering rambling, doddering lines of questioning during hearings, and milking them for maximum comedic effect.

Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson has built an entire career out of playing elegant blonde types. Who better to step into the Ivanka Trump-brand heels of Ivanka Trump, the President's daughter and aide?

Johansson has actually already portrayed the First Daughter in a memorable Saturday Night Live sketch. Give it another watch, and you'll appreciate just how good Johansson is at capturing Trump's carefully composed smile and calculated plays to moderates.

Zach Galifianakis

Casting Steve Bannon is no easy task. The Breitbart News mogul-turned-strategist is an unpopular presence in Washington DC and beyond, thanks to his combative personality and open bigotry.

Zach Galifianakis could take a startling dramatic turn as Bannon and show some range. Sure, he usually does comedy, but his unique presence could be useful in portraying Bannon's unstable nature. You'd just need the assistance of the makeup department to capture Bannon's distinctive look.

Eric Roberts

Ah, Mike Flynn, President Trump's former National Security Advisor and the man who started this whole investigation. Flynn’s undisclosed meetings with Russian diplomats would be a crucial plot point in this fictional miniseries.

Who better to play the immunity-seeking Flynn than Eric Roberts? Not only do both of them share grizzled features and gray hair, but Roberts has a history of playing shady characters. He could translate Flynn’s general shadiness to the screen with ease.

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 05:31:05 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/actors-in-future-trump-russia-miniseries/rebecca-shortall
<![CDATA[Disney Stars Who Eventually Turned On Disney]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/disney-stars-who-turned-on-disney/lisa-a-flowers?source=rss

There are no rebels quite like Disney stars who've turned on Disney. Some of these onetime boys-and-girls-next-door asserted their independence by imaginatively playing up their sexuality, and some preferred to dish dirt on the mega corporation Hedda Hopper style; but either way, ex-Disney stars who have it in for their old employer are, increasingly, a force to be reckoned with.

Gone (mostly) is the old-school world of Mickey Mouse Club traditionalism. Nowadays, Disney stars who don't support the company take the form of aspiring avant-garde artists like Miley Cyrus, or mainstream-stars-turned-indie-vixens like Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez. Then there's Shia LaBeouf - the onetime lead of the Disney Channel show Even Stevens ... who has forged a decidedly unique career out of both Hollywood blockbusters and breakout artistic performances.

Though not all former Disney stars have spoken out against the corporation, those who have are becoming more and more flamboyantly visible. And they've plunged the company's image straight into controversy's proverbial mud bath.

Disney Stars Who Eventually Turned On Disney,

Bella Thorne

Fans of the Disney Channel series Shake It Up! recognize Bella Thorne as CeCe Jones. But said starring role turned out to be more of a curse than a blessing for the actress:

"Not only did fans pigeonhole me, but casting directors wouldn’t read me anymore. They were like, ‘No, we don’t want her to come in because she’s so Disney.’ I had to literally beg for an audition."

Thorne eventually won roles in a few films, and landed the starring part in the Freeform series Famous in Love.

Demi Lovato

Few have been as critical of Disney as actress, singer, and songwriter Demi Lovato. The former star of the Disney Channel's Camp Rock and Sonny With A Chance has gone on record to accuse both shows's creators of exacerbating her eating disorder (and eating disorders in general). Lovato recently expressed her disapproval of the channel's insensitivity towards the subject in a series of tweets:

According to Lovato, Disney's aggression didn't stop there: she's also accused them of putting too much pressure on their young stars overall, and of insisting that she remove the gap in her teeth.

Hilary Duff

In the 2000s, every tween wanted to be Lizzie McGuire, the chipper, relatable protagonist of the Disney Channel series of the same name. But the show's star, Hilary Duff, nevertheless called the experienced of being her "torturous" and "super annoying" for a time. In interviews, he described the difficulties of moving on from Disney:

"I grew up in the spotlight and on tour and with everyone just knowing me and knowing me a certain way. At some point I was like, 'I don't even know if I'm that person anymore, and I don't even have the time to figure that out.' I was just making records and touring and making movies, and then doing it all over again. I basically did a cycle of that four times, and by the end of it, I was like, 'I'm done. I don't enjoy this anymore. I'm not who I wanna be.'"

Duff has since become a mother, and returned to acting with the TV series Younger.

Miley Cyrus

No former Disney star has made headlines quite like Miley Cyrus. From twerking to wearing flamboyantly revealing outfits to slithering down tongue-shaped slides, the one-time Hannah Montana star has made it a point to break taboos and push boundaries. As Vulture put it:

"She escaped Disney, and she did it all by herself. Cast your mind back to 2008:... Hannah Montana ruled the tween world. She was locked into a four-record deal with Disney and seemed destined for a career of cheesy jokes... then Miley hopped off the hamster wheel and started smoking pot, making protest videos, wearing bad leggings, tweeting too much... Her rebellion, such as it was, felt normal, like any other teenager making mistakes and testing boundaries. The boundaries just happened to be set by a multimedia conglomerate with millions riding on her sense of decorum."

Cyrus may have shed her Disney persona, but she seems to be on okay terms with the company itself. When asked about the possibility of a Hannah Montana reboot in May of 2017, she said that she likely wouldn't do it, but noted that she had agreed to do some promotional work.


Actress Raven-Symoné became a household name after starring in both The Cosby Show and Disney's hit program That's So Raven. When she came out as gay in 2016, she told It Got Better:

"I never thought I would come out because my personal life didn't matter... it only mattered what could be sold as part of the Raven-Symoné brand... if I did whatever I wanted, [it wasn't] going to sell because it didn't go with the brand. I had the number one show on Disney... I didn't want to deal with that. Even if I got sick, I probably would’ve been like, ‘I’m taking this to the grave.’ But that eats at your soul."

Fortunately, Symoné fell in love and went public, and Disney debuted their first same-sex cartoon kiss in 2017.

Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez was once the star of Wizards of Waverly Place, but she eventually began branching out into a steamy music career and more adventurous film roles. She made a splash in Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers, and produced the Netflix series Thirteen Reasons Why, the story of a high school girl who commits suicide after being bullied. According to Gomez, her affinity for the latter role came directly from personal experience:

"I think he [the series' producer] understood that I knew what it meant to be bullied. I went to the biggest high school in the world, which is the Disney Channel."

Shia LaBeouf

In 2007, Shia LeBeouf, onetime star of the ultra-popular Disney Channel series Even Stevens, did an interview with MTV. When asked why people saw him as "a male Hilary Duff," he responded:

"I went a whole different route. I never came out with a music thing, even though [Disney will] push you that way... I didn't just want to be a churn-'em-out guy. I never really felt like I fit in there... [my] plan was to do something completely bipolar."

LeBeouf has subsequently taken on challenging roles in films like Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac and the acclaimed American Honey, and delved into the worlds of performance art and activism. He's also become known for his bizarre stunts, like attending premieres with a paper bag over his head that reads, "I Am Not Famous Anymore."

Vanessa Hudgens

Vanessa Hudgens was the fresh-faced ingenue of High School Musical, but she faced controversy when nude photos of her surfaced in 2007. According to her fellow Disney stars the Jonas Brothers, Hudgens was kept on lockdown while the company figured out how to best respond to the scandal.

Though Hudgens never criticized Disney directly, she did comment on the limitations she felt her High School Musical role had imposed on her:

"For a while I was kind of struggling and fighting for these roles that I just desperately wanted. It was hard and it was a struggle... crossing over and being able to tackle these grittier parts was a challenge, but I feel like I’ve done it."

Zac Efron

In 2009, High School Musical star Zac Efron happily decimated his wholesome image on Saturday Night Live by poking fun at the Disney Channel in a skit that got dark fast. He received backlash, but many people, like MTV's Jim Cantiello, admired Efron's boldness, calling the skit "a smart, angry, and subversive send-up of the High School Musical series":

"Zac Efron was in a sketch that portrayed Walt Disney, the founder of the company that made him a superstar, as an anti-Semite. In terms of things you shouldn't do to your boss, going on national television and implying he’s bigoted is right up at the top of list... in any case, the sketch gave me a newfound respect for Zac Efron... because I’m not so sure Disney’s going to want to hire him again."

Efron hasn't worked with Disney since, preferring to spend his time on raunchy comedies like Neighbors, Dirty Grandpa, and Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates.

Joe Jonas

As former stars of Camp Rock and JONAS, the Jonas Brothers (Nick, Joe, and Kevin) are seemingly well acquainted with the pitfalls of teen heartthrobbery. As Joe recalls it in his memoir, My Life As a Jonas Brother:

"Disney is great at creating fame. They've done it with so many pop stars and young actors... we went along with it at the time, because we thought Disney was our only real shot, and we were terrified that it could all be taken away from us at any moment... we were working with Disney in 2007 when the Vanessa Hudgens nude-photo scandal happened. We heard that she had to be in the Disney offices for a whole day because they were trying to figure out how to keep her on lockdown. We'd hear execs talking about it, and they would tell us that they were so proud of us for not making the same mistakes, which made us feel like we couldn't ever mess up... so we put incredible pressure on ourselves, the kind of pressure that no teenager should be under."

The trio also famously wore purity rings, though Nick admits that they began sporting them "without a full understanding of what [they] were stepping into." Eventually it started to become all too much for the company's most famous (contemporary) crooners. The brothers have subsequently gone solo, and seem comfortable in their own skin these days.

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 05:57:50 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/disney-stars-who-turned-on-disney/lisa-a-flowers
<![CDATA[Whatever Happened To The Lost Members Of Destiny's Child?]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/what-happened-to-other-destinys-child-members/carly-silver?source=rss

One of the greatest pop/R&B groups of all time, Destiny's Child yielded two future solo stars in Beyoncé Knowles and Kelly Rowland. The group was almost as well-known for its various member shake-ups as for its many hits. But where is Destiny's Child now? In 1999, the original foursome became a twosome when LeToya Luckett and LaTavia Roberson reportedly had some issues with manager Mathew Knowles. Then, two newbies, Michelle Williams and Farrah Franklin, linked up with B and Kelly in time for the "Say My Name" video, but Franklin left before long. That left Destiny's Child as a trio, which they remained.

But what happened to the other women in Destiny's Child? Post Destiny's Child stories tell where these talented women ended up. Luckett had significant solo success, scoring a number-one album; Roberson became a reality TV star. Williams morphed into a gospel singer and took a turn on Broadway. As for Franklin, she experienced her share of personal troubles, though maybe she'll make it back into the music business one day.

Whatever Happened To The Lost Members Of Destiny's Child?,

Farrah Franklin

Although she was only in Destiny's Child for a short amount of time, Farrah Franklin has stayed a part of celeb culture ever since. She allegedly quit the band after arguing with Mathew Knowles (and before she ever really recorded any music with DC), and tried to kick-start her own career. Franklin briefly started a new R&B group, but her personal life - and continued issues with Destiny's Child - kept her in the news.

After popping up on the reality TV show Millionaire Matchmaker, Franklin released a single in 2015 before getting arrested for drug possession and public intoxication in 2016.

LaTavia Roberson

After leaving Destiny's Child, LaTavia Roberson suffered from depression. She didn't release music solo, but did link up with LeToya Luckett for a short-lived run with a pop/R&B quartet called AnJel.

Later, Roberson joined the cast of reality TV smash R&B Divas Atlanta. In June 2017, she dropped a solo EDM track entitled "Best Time of your Life," and announced the release of her autobiography, I Am LaTavia.

LeToya Luckett

After joining up with LaTavia Roberson and two other singers for the short-lived group AnJel, LeToya Luckett went on to solo stardom. She released LeToya in 2006 to great acclaim; it hit number one on the Billboard charts, and her debut single "Torn" tore up the airwaves. Her second effort, Lady Love, didn't fare as well commercially, and Luckett took a hiatus before working on more music.

Over the years, she's honed her acting skills, guesting on TV shows like Rosewood, Ballers, and Single Ladies. Luckett jumped back into the music game in 2017, prepping her third LP, Back 2 Life, and releasing the single of the same name.

Michelle Williams

The third member of Destiny's Child was often overshadowed by original bandmates Beyoncé Knowles and Kelly Rowland (remember the #PoorMichelle hashtag after the 2013 Super Bowl?), but Michelle Williams has had plenty of success as a performer in her own right. Williams hit the stage in national tours of The Color Purple and Fela!, played Roxie Hart in a Broadway run of Chicago in 2010, and took a turn in Aida in 2016, among other musical productions.

Williams also became a solo singer. She released several gospel albums, which received nominations at the MOBO, Soul Train, and NAACP Image Awards. Her 2014 album, Journey to Freedom, included the Destiny's Child reunion track "Say Yes." Williams also starred on the reality show Fix My Choir.

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:16:32 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/what-happened-to-other-destinys-child-members/carly-silver
<![CDATA[12 Unknown Siblings From Extremely Famous Families]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/unknown-siblings-of-famous-people/carly-silver?source=rss

Hollywood is full of celeb brothers and sisters, but not everyone can be famous. There are tons of non-famous people with famous siblings who pop up now and then on celeb gossip sites. For example, did you know that pop powerhouses Britney and Jamie-Lynn Spears aren't the only scions of the Spears dynasty? In fact, their oldest sibling is Bryan, who's produced for both his siblings.

And then there's Braison Cyrus, the brother of pop star Miley Cyrus. He doesn't seem likely to remain one of the unknown siblings of well-known siblings, as he's gaining fame as a model and singer. As far as unknown brothers of stars, don't miss Andrew Wilson, sibling of funnymen Luke and Owen. And then there are the unknown sisters of stars - have you heard of Alana Hadid? She's a stylist and the older half-sister of models Bella and Gigi Hadid.

Whether they're the black sheep of their families or rising stars themselves, these unknown siblings of celebrities have names worth knowing.

12 Unknown Siblings From Extremely Famous Families,

Andrew Wilson

Luke and Owen Wilson have starred in a number of comedic and dramatic films over the years, but their older brother, Andrew, is no slouch on the acting front. He's appeared in several Wes Anderson films - most notably as Future Man in Bottle Rocket - and scored bit parts in flicks like Zoolander and Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle. He also directed his bros in The Wendell Baker Story.

Luke Hemsworth

You know Hunger Games star Liam Hemsworth and Thor actor Chris Hemsworth, but have you met their equally hot brother, Luke? The eldest Hemsworth brother is also an actor, and although you might not know his name yet, he's working his way up the Hollywood ladder. He stars in HBO's hit sci-fi drama Westworld and is taking on the role of Wild Bill Hickok in Hickok.

Trey Smith

Hollywood supercouple Will and Jada Pinkett Smith have a pair of burgeoning artists in son Jaden and daughter Willow, but this talented duo is complemented by their older half-brother, Trey Smith. Trey is forging his own path as a DJ and musician. He's traveled the globe to establish his career, working in the United Arab Emirates and releasing songs under the moniker "AcE."

Braison Cyrus

Miley Cyrus is undoubtedly the queen of the "Achy Breaky" Cyrus clan's next generation, though her little sis Noah is an up-and-comer in her own right. However, brother Braison is making a name for himself alongside his sisters, strutting the runaway as a model. He plans to release music, too.

Bryan Spears

Britney is without a doubt the most famous of the Spears siblings, though Jamie-Lynn has made a name for herself as a Nickelodeon star and mom. But what about their big bro Bryan? Throughout the years, Bryan has collaborated with his sisters on various projects, and produced Jamie-Lynn's show Zoey 101. He also started a family of his own, marrying Jamie-Lynn's manager, Graciella Sanchez, in 2008; the pair has a daughter, Lexie.

Trent Olsen

Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen have been twin titans since they were barely out of diapers, and their little sister Elizabeth joined them in the spotlight. But there's also an Olsen brother, whom the adorable twin toddlers tried to sell for fifty cents in this magical piece of '90s footage.

Later in life, Trent pursued a career behind the screen. Along with Elizabeth, he's the namesake for the Olsens' fashion line Elizabeth and James (James is actually his first name). A graduate of the University of Southern California, he works in movie production and writes comic books.

Eduardo Cruz

Academy Award-winning actress Penélope Cruz has earned her laurels in numerous fantastic films. Her sister Mónica has followed her big sis into the spotlight, first as a dancer, then as an actress. But the ladies' little brother, Eduardo, is no slouch. Eduardo is a composer who has worked on films like Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

James Middleton

Kate Middleton is best known for marrying Prince William, becoming the Duchess of Cambridge, and giving birth to Prince George and Princess Charlotte. Her little sister, Pippa, skyrocketed in notoriety after appearing at her sister's wedding; the socialite later wrote a party planning book and made headlines at her own nuptials. But what about the sisters' little brother, James?

Once known as a party boy, James later invested in a marshmallow business called Boomf. This came after several failed business attempts, including a cake company. He's also made the news for his relationship with TV's Donna Air, with whom he attended Pippa's wedding.

Alana Hadid

Model sibs Gigi and Bella Hadid are well-known for stomping the runway, but their older half-sister Alana is also carving out a niche for herself. Alana works as a personal stylist, serves as brand ambassador for Lou & Grey, and launched an eyewear line. That's all after getting her master's degree in international relations and diplomacy.

Tom Franco

The brother of savant-academic-actor James and baby-faced hunk Dave, Tom Franco is the lesser-known, but equally-talented, third Franco brother. Dave quipped:

"For people who have met all three of us, Tom Franco is the unanimous favorite Franco. He’s the best one - the best-looking, the sweetest, the nicest, greatest guy to be around. We keep him to ourselves. He’s our little secret."

A California-based artist, Tom seems to be juggling multiple artistic ventures at any given time. He renovates lofts, paints murals, and helps run a Berkeley-based nonprofit artists' collective.

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 05:47:45 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/unknown-siblings-of-famous-people/carly-silver
<![CDATA[Questionable Celebrity Parenting Advice And Techniques]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/questionable-celebrity-parenting-advice/carly-silver?source=rss

Celebrities blaze their own trails when it comes to pretty much everything, and weird parenting tips from stars come as part the package. As a place rife with celebrity familial legacies, Hollywood naturally arose as a hotbed for questionable celebrity parenting advice where people with platforms easily disclose their beliefs, helpful or harmful, to an eager public. Some weird parenting techniques come from the likes of actress Gwyneth Paltrow, who only lets her kids, Apple and Moses, watch TV if it's educational and in a foreign language. Other strange parenting techniques from famous people include Christina Aguilera's no-clothes weekends, Alicia Silverstone treating her son like a baby bird, and Alanis Morisette being a really enthusiastic advocate of breastfeeding. 

As strange as many of these celebrities may appear, some may hold more merit than you realize. Parents obviously must make their own choices based on their lives and that of their child, each of which is unique and special. The key to taking celebrity parenting advice is to research their claims after you hear about them. If celebrity parents took more time to even do a Google search before opening their mouths, Page Six could actually be full of new mommy-and-daddy advice.

Questionable Celebrity Parenting Advice And Techniques,

Alanis Morissette

At the time her son, Ever, was about a year and a half old, Canadian rocker Alanis Morissette planned to breast feed him far beyond two years of age, when most women stop. In fact, she said she'd keep going until Ever grew to be five or six.

"Some kids naturally stop at two, some stop at a couple of years later, it's up to the child." Morissette commented. "I will stop when he says it's time to stop."

Interestingly enough, anthropologists have found that such behavior is common in non-human primates.

Alicia Silverstone

Alicia Silverstone might be Clueless about some things, but not about how to feed her son, Bear, like a baby bird. When Bear was little, Silverstone chewed his food up before letting him eat it out of her mouth, just like a sparrow or robin. Despite the grossness of this practice (bacteria, anyone?), pre-chewing food (AKA "kiss-feeding" or "premasticating") could actually have health benefits. One study shows that the kids of parents who did this might run lower risks of eczema and asthma than their baby counterparts.

Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera is now the mom of two, but when her older kid, son Max, was a baby, she kept things pretty buff. Dubbing herself "very sexual," she said she never wanted to lose any of her sensuality after giving birth and becoming a mother. When Max was a toddler, she and her then-husband held "Naked Sundays."  

"I think it's important that he sees Mommy not be ashamed of her sexuality," Xtina said, I mean, he's two. We're art collectors, there are a lot of female nudes around the house."

Christina Applegate

Actress Christina Applegate purchased a NOSEFRIDA for her daughter, Sadie. This "baby booger buster" allowed her to suck the snot straight out of her little girl's nostrils. Applegate named the device one of her parenting must-buys in an interview with Parents.com.

"But it's so much more effective," said Applegate. "I mean I always had that thing [squeeze suctioner] in there trying to get it out, and it never worked. But this one is magic!"

Gross, but happy for her!

Gisele Bündchen

Supermodel Gisele Bündchen loved breastfeeding her kids, so much, in fact, that she thought she would recommend everyone do it for six months after giving birth. 

"I think breastfeeding really helped," Bündchen said. "Some people here think they don't have to breastfeed, and I think, 'Are you going to give chemical food to your child, when they are so little?' There should be a worldwide law, in my opinion, that mothers should breastfeed their babies for six months.'"

Later, she claimed she wasn't judging women who didn't breastfeed, but the apology felt as limp as a deflated football.

Gwyneth Paltrow

Oscar-winning actress, Gwyneth Paltrow regulates her consumption of everything, a habit she carried over into her parenting. In an interview with InStyle, she said she only permitted her kids, Apple and Moses, to watch TV in French or Spanish, which ticked off Apple. Paltrow added, "When I'm in France, I go to [Boulevard] Beaumarchais and buy all their cartoons."

Considering Paltrow doesn't even know what her own company is selling, please take this parenting advice with a grain of salt.

Kelly Preston

Scientologists have espoused the idea of a "silent birth," during which a mother cannot make any noise during labor. When Kelly Preston, wife of John Travolta, gave birth to their son Benjamin a few years ago, she underwent a silent birth, which she defended on The Today Show.

"Silent birth is basically just no words, as much as possible," Preston said. "If you need to moan, if you cry out, you know, all of that of course, that's normal. Just bringing them in as peaceful and gentle a way as possible." Ow.


Madonna allegedly keeps her kids on a very strict diet. According to the Daily Mail, she forbade them from consuming sugar, salt, preservatives, and dairy, subscribing them all to the singer's own macrobiotic diet. She supposedly even diluted their orange juice with special, blessed "Kabbalah water."

Should you decide to adopt this diet and find you can't afford to dilute your child's juice with Kabbalah water, secular water will work just fine.

Mayim Bialik

Big Bang Theory star and neuroscientist Mayim Bialik strongly advocates "attachment parenting," which involves sleeping with, carrying, and extended breast-feeding for kids. She even penned a book – Beyond the Sling: A Real-Life Guide to Raising Confident, Loving Children the Attachment Parenting Way – on the subject. Sleeping with her two kids (and her then-husband) in her bed is totally healthy and normal according to Bialik. She wrote on Today.com: "There is nothing inherently weird or wrong about sleeping with your children. It feels good to cuddle, doesn’t it? Babies and kids think so, too. It’s NORMAL."

Bethenny Frankel

Plenty of new parents look to others for helpful tips on getting an infant to sleep or how to stop crying, but Real Housewife and beverage mogul Bethenny Frankel wasn't having any of it when it came to raising her daughter, Bryn. When Bryn turned three months old, Frankel remarked, "The truth is I didn't listen to that much advice while I was pregnant or after because everyone has an opinion and you want to experience it on your own."

Ironically, she then went on to then give advice...

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 05:01:57 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/questionable-celebrity-parenting-advice/carly-silver
<![CDATA[10 Presidential Siblings Who Were Absolute Idiots]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/embarrassing-presidential-siblings/melissa-sartore?source=rss

A lot of families have them - the black sheep, the underdog, the bad apple - whatever you want to call them, sometimes brothers and sisters cause problems for one another. Call it sibling rivalry.

Many of the presidents of the United States have had siblings who caused them a considerable amount of trouble, making their political and professional lives very, very difficult. The embarrassing antics of presidential siblings have given many a US leader a whole mess of things to worry about outside of just running the country - and these are just the shenanigans we know about!

10 Presidential Siblings Who Were Absolute Idiots,

Billy Carter

William Alton "Billy" Carter was a farmer, gas station owner, failed local politician, and opportunist in his own right. Once his older brother, Jimmy, ran for president, Billy took over the family farm, but was repeatedly investigated by the IRS and other government agencies.

In 1978 and 1979, Billy made three trips to Libya and eventually accepted a $220,000 loan from the Libyan government, which received national and international attention. Billy was a registered agent of the Libyan government, but denied ever exercising any inappropriate political influence as Libya attempted to establish oil connections with US companies.  

Billy Carter was also known for his Billy Beer. In 1977, the beer-chugging "good ol' boy" persona that Billy exhibited was channeled into a marketing campaign for the product, but it didn't last long. Billy himself claimed to drink Pabst and later joked that he gave up drinking because his own beer was so bad.

Billy's own reputation waned as he continued to make public appearances and say controversial things - he once even insulted Jews and urinated in front of reporters on an Atlanta runway.

Donald Nixon

Donald Nixon, born Francis Donald Nixon, was the younger brother of President Richard Nixon. Born in 1914, Donald grew up in California and entered into financial dealings with millionaire Howard Hughes between 1954 and 1956. Hughes apparently loaned Donald $205,000 to bail out a failing business, though there is no record of the loan ever having been repaid. Then allegations that Hughes had been attempting to influence Richard Nixon through his brother factored into the elder Nixon's failed presidential campaign in 1960

The loan became an issue again when Richard decided to run for governor of California in 1962 and lost, resulting in Richard distrusting his brother so much that he bugged Donald's phone throughout his eventual presidency. In the interim, Donald Nixon continued to develop his business and marketing career, and rumors swirled that he used those connections to influence his brother's politics. Hughes contributed heavily to Richard Nixon's campaign in 1972, and the controversy around Donald's dealings plagued the future president throughout his tenure in office.

Neil Bush

Neil Mallon Pierce Bush, the fourth of Barbara and George W.'s six children, did neither his father nor his brother any favors when it came to their political aspirations and controversy. During his father's vice presidency, Neil was a director for Silverado Savings and Loan and cost taxpayers over a billion dollars when the institution failed in 1988. The FDIC sued Neil and the other bank directors, alleging negligence and inappropriate business practices. Neil denied any wrongdoing, and ended up being sanctioned in the aftermath of the Silverado failure.

During the late 1990s, Neil then co-founded Ignite!, an educational software company, and traveled extensively to the Middle East and Asia to raise funds from investors. There, he dabbled in oil deals, technology stocks, and was later accused of insider trading in 1999 when he sold Kopin Company stock on the same day that the company made a deal with JVC, the Japanese electronics company.  

Then, in 2003, Neil was once again in the news - but this time it was for a messy divorce. During depositions and extensive questioning by his soon-to-be ex-wife Sharon Smith's lawyers, Neil admitted to numerous encounters with prostitutes in Thailand and Hong Kong. Not wanting to be outdone or to give Smith the last word, one of Neil's friends accused Smith of taking some of Neil's hair in order to conduct a voodoo ritual on him.  Smith claimed the hair was used to test for cocaine use. He also faced accusations of shady business practices and fathering another woman's child. That woman, Maria Andrews, is now married to Neil.

Randolph Jefferson

By all accounts, Randolph Jefferson wasn't a bad brother, but he did have a reputation for being a dolt and his presidential brother understandably worried about him a lot.  

Randolph and his twin sister, Anna, were born in 1755. Randolph Jefferson, one of ten Jefferson children (and the only other male to survive to adulthood besides Thomas) briefly attended school before joining the military. He then became a planter after the Revolution and was very successful, but it's possible that Thomas helped him with the financial details.  

Randolph was said to be easily influenced and, due to his "rustic" sense of humor, was perceived to be dimwitted. And because he often socialized with slaves, he was also considered to be something of a liability, and there was even speculation about his fathering mixed race children, which any history buff would find to be a bit ironic.

Roger Clinton, Jr.

Roger Clinton, Jr. - Bill Clinton's younger half-brother and the brother-in-law of Hillary Clinton - has been making headlines for decades.

When Bill Clinton was elected governor of Arkansas, Roger was arrested for selling cocaine and spent a year in jail. Roger's connections to drugs continued once his brother became president, as the younger Clinton lobbied for pardons on behalf of drug traffickers and was even pardoned by his brother in 2001 for all of his crimes.

Roger's other escapades include a failed music career and numerous ventures into film and television acting. Despite trying to keep a low profile over the past few years, Roger was arrested for a DUI offense in June 2016.

Sam Houston Johnson

Sam Houston Johnson - the younger brother of Lyndon Johnson - worked for his brother and was pretty outspoken about it. Sam helped out on his brother's campaign as early as 1937 and continued consulting, counseling, and then criticizing Lyndon until the latter finally left politics in 1968. Sam described himself as a “baby sitter, chauffeur, political trouble‐shooter, administrative aide, and general adviser” and declared that living in the White House, where he resided for a time, was like being in a "penitentiary." Sam was also a drinker and, at times, would say things to the wrong person - including the press. Lyndon reportedly gave him a lot of busy work and put him under strict Secret Service surveillance.

In 1969, Sam released his book My Brother, Lyndon, which portrayed the president in a less than favorable light and contradicted many of Lyndon's own statements. For example, Lyndon called himself the "son of a tenant farmer," but Sam made it very clear that their family was not as poor as his brother made it sound.

Charles Adams

Brother of John Quincy, Charles Adams was a victim of alcoholism. Charles, the child of Abigail and John Adams, was described as being the weaker of the Adams boys. He was not abandoned, as has been portrayed by the media, but when he was sent overseas at the age of nine with his father, he panicked at the prospect of leaving his mother and reportedly remained homesick for months after he arrived.  

Charles was rather rebellious and was expelled from Harvard, by which point he had already become a heavy drinker. In 1799, John Adams renounced Charles, calling him a “a mere rake, buck, blood and beast.” Charles sunk deeply into alcoholism and debt, abandoned his wife, and was dead a year later.

Malik Obama

Barack Obama's half-brother, Malik, was born in Kenya, but has dual citizenship in the United States as well. President Obama's father was married three times and the president has at least five half-siblings, but Malik is the oldest. Malik Obama, who is a Muslim with numerous wives and once ran for political office in Kenya, claims to be a staunch supporter of Donald Trump.

Malik frequently made his way into headlines, criticizing his brother's administration for its LGBT policies and killing Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, among other things; however, the two men were once quite close. They served as the best men at each other's weddings and once seemed to be more closely politically aligned. As the firstborn Obama male, Malik has often expressed resentment toward his successful half-sibling.

During the 2016 Presidential Election, Malik was invited to the final debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, and has used Twitter to actively and vocally express his continued support of Trump. He even chimed in on the so-called "birther" debate by tweeting a picture of a forged Kenyan birth certificate for his half-brother.

Orvil Lynch Grant

Orvil Lynch Grant, the corrupt younger brother of President Ulysses S. Grant, was rumored to have been a pretty shady guy who was always looking to make a quick buck. As a young man, Orvil ran the family leather shop with his other brother, Samuel, in Galena, IL, before relocating to Chicago.

He also happened to be involved in one of the many scandals that rocked his brother's administration. In 1875, President Grant's Secretary of the Interior Christopher Delano was accused of mismanaging provisions and land in the West as well as taking bribes for land allocation. Delano allegedly gave his own son, John, and the president's brother Orvil contracts to survey and map the lands, but neither man ever did any work. 

Orvil was also connected to his brother's Secretary of War, William Belknap, who took kickbacks on trading posts in the West. As a result, traders had to raise prices just to cover the payments to Belknap and Orvil, which the consumers - many of them soldiers - complained about publicly. When the Senate investigated the bribes, General George Armstrong Custer went on record against Belknap and implicated Orvil as well.

Orvil then went on to work with a lawyer in New York state named J.H. Smith and the two men allegedly swindled a widow out of her money, using the president's name to do so. The relationship between the two men broke down later in their lives, perhaps due to intervention by the First Lady, Julia. Orville reportedly died in an insane asylum at the age of 45, although his wife denied it.

William Johnson

The relationship between Andrew Johnson and his brother was rather unique. The two boys were placed into indentured servitude at a young age by their mother, where they both worked for a tailor in North Carolina, but eventually ran away. They then ended up in Tennessee where they continued to work as tailors until Andrew turned his attention to politics.

When Abraham Lincoln died in 1865, Andrew Johnson became president - something neither he nor the warring nation could have predicted - and his brother seized upon the opportunity to ask for a job. William immediately asked Andrew for a government position, but rather than have William in Washington, DC, Andrew Johnson gave his older brother a position as the US Marshall in Texas. He was never heard from again.

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 07:59:04 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/embarrassing-presidential-siblings/melissa-sartore
<![CDATA[The Most Ambitious Historical Gold Diggers Who Slept Their Way To The Top]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/historical-gold-diggers/carly-silver?source=rss

History is full of men and women who skillfully manipulated those who loved them for personal advancement. From ancient Rome to early modern England, nineteenth-century Germany, and even Peter the Great's Russia - these are just some of the most famous gold diggers in history.

Quite a few of these notorious lovers started life humbly. For example, Peter the Great's true love, Catherine I, was born to a Lutheran pastor in Lithuania - and her real name wasn't even Catherine, it was Marta! And it's not just the ladies. There were plenty of historical male gold diggers, too. Take Sir John Conroy - an English-Irish Average Joe until he wormed his way into the good graces of Victoria, Duchess of Kent (mother of Queen Victoria) and became her advisor.

Some gold diggers weren't exactly shy about taking cash and favors from their lovers, either. Alice Perrers, mistress of England's King Edward III during his old age, reportedly extracted every last penny she could from her dying boyfriend while she still could - she even got her paws on some royal jewels! And while there was no single original gold digger, the Byzantine Empress Theodora certainly reaped the rewards of seducing Justinian I.

Discover the stories behind the most interesting, and successful, gold diggers throughout history.

The Most Ambitious Historical Gold Diggers Who Slept Their Way To The Top,

Anne Hyde

Today, British royals can marry commoners with little problem (hello, William and Kate!), but back in the 17th century, it was typically frowned upon. So, when King Charles II married the Catholic Catherine of Braganza, a Portuguese princess, the largely Protestant Brits were quite unhappy - and became even more so when Catherine failed to produce an heir. And Charles's next legitimate heir, his little brother, James, Duke of York, had gone and married a commoner!

Meet Anne Hyde, the common-born but ambitious daughter of royal advisor Edward Hyde. At the time that she and James hooked up, Anne wasn't even a member of the nobility (it was only after her marriage that her father was made Earl of Clarendon), but that didn't stop the then-maid of honor to James's older sister; Anne hooked up with the famously lascivious James and became pregnant. Eager to legitimize his child (who was likely to become a future monarch since Charles, then a ruler in exile, was childless), James quickly wed his mistress in secret to the Court's great displeasure.

A few months later, Charles was restored to his throne and the whole royal family moved to England, including the new English Duchess of York. The child that she carried at that time sadly died, but Anne did give birth to two future queens and the last members of the Stuart Dynasty to rule England: Mary II and Anne, neither of whom had surviving progeny of their own. James later got remarried to a Catholic princess after Anne's death, which also caused a whole host of trouble.


While the Roman Emperor Hadrian did marry a woman, he is most remembered for his liaison with a handsome Greek man named Antinous. Hadrian raised Antinous to unprecedented social heights, bringing him along on treks across the empire. The pair spent a lot of time together hunting at an imperial villa, and Hadrian financed many images of Antinous, especially after his lover died. 

In 130 CE, Hadrian and Antinous made a visit to a province of Egypt, but, sadly, Antinous drowned in the Nile River (whether he was pushed overboard or committed suicide was a matter for ancient debate) and Hadrian became grief-stricken. To remember the man he so loved, he made Antinous's image into a god - associating him with the Egyptian deity Osiris, who was said to have drowned in the river on the same day as Antinous many millennia before - and even founded a new city that was named after him. Antinoopolis was located close to where Antinous himself died and served as a memorial to his life


This astonishing queen took no prisoners - literally. Fredegund was one of several wives off the sixth-century Frankish king, Chilperic I. However, unlike her predecessors, Fredegund was humbly born, probably first catching her future hubby's eye when working as a servant in his household.

But she didn't let that stop her - she even helped Chilperic get rid of his then-wife, Galswintha, by igniting a feud between the queen's sister, Brunhilde, and her husband, King Sigebert of Austrasia. Fredegund also ordered the deaths of her stepchildren (Chilperic's babies by previous wives), as well as the murder of Sigebert - and perhaps even Chilperic himself! 

No matter what, Fredegund continued to work against her arch-enemy, Brunhilde (whom she tried to kill off multiple times), and her family. Her son eventually exacted her revenge after her death, torturing Brunhilde for three days and then ordering her to be ripped apart by being tied to wild horses.

John Conroy

John Conroy was the bane of Queen Victoria's young life, and he was the number-one advisor to her super-strict mother. An ambitious man, Conroy served in the household of Victoria, Duchess of Kent, and rose to power not long after Princess Victoria was born and her father, Prince Edward, had died.

Conroy gained the Duchess's confidence and that of several of her sisters-in-law - the daughters of George III - and helped to organize the restrictive Kensington System (the regimen under which an isolated Victoria was raised). Rumors flew that he and the Duchess were lovers, but it is certain that Conroy purposefully positioned the Kents against then-King William IV. No wonder Queen Victoria dismissed him as soon as she came to the throne.

Lola Montez

Irish dancer Elizabeth Gilbert toured the European continent under the guise of a Spanish lady named Lola Montez, but she became far more famous for having won the hearts of quite a few men, including author Alexandre Dumas and King Ludwig I of Bavaria. Ludwig made her a noblewoman and reputedly became so besotted that he always sought her advice and was essentially ruled by her. This caused great displeasure amongst his courtiers and subjects, and he abdicated the throne in 1848. Lola then left Ludwig after he lost his throne, moved to the United States, and continued to perform all over the world, including in Australia.

Mathilde Kschessinska

This prima ballerina certainly danced her way up the Russian social ladder - she was so charming that she seduced not one, but two, grand dukes and a tsar! Before Tsar Nicholas II fell for his wife, Alix of Hesse, he was deeply in love with this pretty young thing; he wrote in his diary, "Mathilde Kschessinska engages me in a positive light." He even bought her a house and they hooked up for four years until he finally got married.

After Nicholas dumped her, Mathilde took up with her admirer and his cousin, Grand Duke Sergei Mikhailovich. They spent a few years together, even allegedly taking bribes in arms deals. When Sergei eventually moved on, Mathilde did, too - to another royal cousin, Grand Duke Andrei Vladimirovich, and they proceeded to travel all across Europe together. But when Mathilde gave birth to a son in 1902, rumors swirled about his paternity, though he probably was most likely by Andrei. Luckily, Andrei recognized the boy as his own and later married Mathilde.

Nell Gwyn

Many social climbers tried to disguise their humble origins and artful mooching from their important lovers - but that wasn't the case for Nell Gwyn. She was one of King Charles II's many mistresses, but, in contrast to the arrogant French Catholic Louise de Kéroualle, Nell cleverly dubbed herself "the Protestant whore," earning her popular acclaim

Nell, who was born in the slums of 17th century London, sharpened her wits on the audiences of London as an orange seller and then as an actress. She was hardly a prude and readily embraced her reputation. When she first consummated her relationship with Charles, she reportedly dubbed him "Charles the Third," because he was the third man of that name with whom she'd had sex. For years, Nell was a refuge for Charles, making him laugh amidst the craziness of Court life. She even bore him two sons, only one of whom survived. When Charles died, he reputedly told his brother, James, to "let not poor Nelly starve," so the new king gave his late brother's mistress a pension that she received for the rest of her life.


Empress Theodora of Byzantium, wife of the famed Emperor Justinian (the namesake of the Code of Justinian), didn’t start her life in the imperial purple. In fact, she was the daughter of a bear keeper who trained large animals for the public games! However, Theodora went off to work as an actress and allegedly a prostitute, using her considerable talents in both fields to gain power in an oppressively patriarchal society. Eventually, after taking up work as a wool-spinner, she caught the eye of a rising leader named Justinian who made her his mistress and then his wife.

Even though Justinian was technically a commoner, his status was still much higher than Theodora’s, so a special law was imposed allowing for their marriage. She became Augusta (empress) in 527 CE, serving as Justinian’s right hand throughout his reign. Theodora even received ambassadors, negotiated foreign policy, worked to improve women’s rights, and brutally suppressed rebellions.

Beltrán de la Cueva, 1st Duke of Alburquerque

Isabella of Castile (later Spain) came to the throne after the death of her irascible half-brother, Enrique IV, but her accession did not go without controversy. Enrique's only child, Juana, strongly disputed her half-aunt's claim to the Castilian kingship. However, Isabella denied Juana her royal role, in part due to allegations that Juana wasn't even Enrique's daughter, but was his wife's secret love child by nobleman Beltrán de la Cueva!

Beltrán was one of Enrique's favorite courtiers, who gained a lot of power by sucking up to the king. But this noble also allegedly seduced the queen (his boss's wife), a former princess of Portugal, and was the real father of Infanta (Princess) Juana, Isabella's arch-rival. Juana was dubbed "La Beltraneja" for her dubious paternity, and although she lost the throne to Isabella, Juana still ended her letters for the rest of her life by signing "Yo, la reina" ("I, the Queen").


Theodora wasn't the only woman to rise from being an alleged prostitute to being a Byzantine empress. Several decades before her ascent, a woman by the name of Euphemia became the consort of Justinian I's uncle, Justin I. Euphemia had previously been called Lupicina, a name associated with prostitutes, so it's entirely possible that, before Justin fell for her, she'd been a sex worker and then became a concubine.

Interestingly, Euphemia was rather conservative once she came into power. And unlike Theodora (writers usually set her in opposition to her eventual niece by marriage), Euphemia didn't involve herself in politics. In fact, she reportedly didn't even want Justinian to marry Theodora - it was only after she died that her husband's heir married the woman he loved.

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 04:17:44 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/historical-gold-diggers/carly-silver
<![CDATA[All The Insanely Famous People Who Guest Starred On Veronica Mars]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/veronica-mars-guest-stars/alexandra-plesa?source=rss

When it comes to picking your favorite, there is certainly no shortage of Veronica Mars guest stars to choose from. During her time at both Neptune High and Hearst College, Veronica made her fair share of friends and enemies. Her clientele ranged from wronged classmates to full-fledged adults in desperate need of help - and the show always knew just how to bring out the best in each star who made a special appearance.

Sure, you probably remember series regulars like Max Greenfield or Krysten Ritter who have since become popular and beloved TV stars. But some Veronica Mars cameos made by big stars were so small that they might have completely slipped your mind. Jessica Chastain, Aaron Paul, and Paul Rudd all guest starred on the cult series. Jamie Chung had a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it type of role, while Joss Whedon graced the screen for a couple of minutes and caused Buffy fans everywhere to rejoice. And that's only the beginning.

Ready to take a walk down memory lane? Here are all the famous people you forgot guest starred on Veronica Mars.

All The Insanely Famous People Who Guest Starred On Veronica Mars,

Adam Scott

Episode: Season 1, Episode 14: “Mars vs. Mars”

Role: Chuck Rooks

Adam Scott played Veronica’s favorite teacher, who was accused of having an affair with a student. While he did have a rather unique way of engaging his pupils, his likability turned out to mostly be a façade. Still, he really clouded Veronica’s judgment during the case, something we didn’t get to see very often.

Alyson Hannigan

Episodes: Season 1, Episode 15: “Ruskie Business;” Season 1, Episode 19: “Hot Dogs;” Season 2, Episode 9: “My Mother, The Fiend”

Role: Trina Echolls

As Logan’s sister, Hannigan appeared in only three Veronica Mars episodes, but she made the most of every one. Her tortured spirit was hidden behind a wide smile and funny banter, but it’s obvious that her distant parents and abusive boyfriends did a number on her. Fun fact: Alyson Hannigan was cast as Trina over Tara Reid and Denise Richards. They made the right choice.

Joss Whedon

Episode: Season 1, Episode 18: “Rat Saw God”

Role: Douglas

Whedon has a short cameo as a rental car agent who is a bit of a jerk. The popular director was a huge Veronica Mars fan from the very beginning, so it’s no wonder he decided to stop in for a small role.

Leighton Meester

Episodes: Season 1, Episode 14: “Mars vs. Mars;” Season 1, Episode 21: “A Trip to the Dentist”

Role: Carrie Bishop

Despite only appearing in two episodes, Meester’s characters had a huge impact on our favorite marshmallow. She pitted Veronica against her father in “Mars vs. Mars,” only to help her figure who raped her at Shelly Pomroy's party later on in the season. As the former gossip queen of Neptune High, let’s just say Meester had a knack for playing the mean girl long before being cast as Blair Waldorf in Gossip Girl.

Lucy Lawless

Episode: Season 2, Episode 11: “Donut Run”

Role: FBI Agent Morris

Morris was one of the FBI agents who tried to track down Duncan Kane after he disappeared with his baby. While the episode is memorable for marking the end of the Veronica/Duncan relationship, Lawless’s presence added a touch of much needed humor in the process. And that’s mainly thanks to lines like this one - “Sheriff, we have interrogated Al Qaeda members at Gitmo. I think we can handle a teenage girl.

Michael Cera

Episode: Season 2, Episode 16: “The Rapes of Graff”

Role: Dean

Cera had a small role as Dean, a guidance counselor at Hearst College who partners up with Veronica during an icebreaker exercise because no one else would. He was asked to reprise his role in Season 3, but wasn’t able to due to scheduling conflicts. Fun fact: he appeared in the same episode as Alia Shawkat, who co-starred as his cousin on Arrested Development.

Paris Hilton

Episode: Season 1, Episode 2: “Credit Where Credit's Due”

Role: Caitlin Ford

Hilton played Logan's cheating girlfriend at the very beginning of Season 1, during which she also manages to get involved in credit card fraud. Needless to say, Veronica wasn’t a big fan.

Jamie Chung

Episode: Season 3, Episode 9: “Spit and Eggs”

Role: Dancing Girl

Chung’s first acting role was as "Dancing Girl" on Veronica Mars. She only appeared briefly, portraying the image of a typical partygoer. She’s come a long way since, with roles in Once Upon a Time, Sucker Punch, and The Hangover Part III.

Aaron Paul

Episode: Season 1, Episode 11: “Silence of the Lamb”

Role: Eddie Laroche

Before becoming Jesse Pinkman on Breaking Bad, Paul played a small role on Veronica Mars as Eddie “The Worm” Laroche - a guy who may or may not be involved with a serial killer. Needless to say, he didn’t get much love from audiences back then.

Jessica Chastain

Episode: Season 1, Episode 7: “The Girl Next Door”

Role: Sarah Williams

Chastain’s role on Veronica Mars may have been small, but it was definitely memorable. She played the teen sleuth’s next-door neighbor, and one of the few friends that Veronica had in Season 1. When she goes missing, Veronica has to investigate, uncovering a case that might be slightly above her pay grade.

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<![CDATA[Riley Keough Loves and Hookups]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/riley-keough-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups?source=rss

Who is Riley Keough dating? Many famous men have dated Riley Keough, and this list will give you more details about these lucky dudes. Including Riley Keough’s current boyfriend, past relationships, pictures together, and dating rumors, this comprehensive dating history tells you everything you need to know about Riley Keough’s love life. 

This list features Riley Keough’s ex-boyfriends along with additional information about them, such as when they were born and what they do professionally. These men come in all shapes and sizes, but what they all have in common is that they're all men that Riley Keough has either dated or hooked up with. It's not hard to get jealous of these men that Riley Keough has gone out with, so try your hardest to contain your envy.

Riley Keough is currently married to Ben Smith-Petersen. 

This list of Riley Keough’s boyfriends includes Nicholas Hoult and Robert Pattinson.

Check out the list of men Riley Keough has dated, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

Riley Keough Loves and Hookups,

Alex Pettyfer

Alex Pettyfer and Riley Keough were engaged for 10 months. They dated for 8 months after getting together in Jul 2011. They were engaged in Mar 2012 but later separated in 2013.

Nicholas Hoult

Nicholas Hoult is rumored to have hooked up with his Mad Max: Fury Road costar Riley Keough in May 2014.

Robert Pattinson

Robert Pattinson is rumored to have hooked up with Riley Keough in Jul 2013.

Ryan Cabrera

Riley Keough and Ryan Cabrera dated from 2006 to 2008.

Ben Smith Petersen

Ben Smith Petersen and Riley Keough have been married for 2 years. They were dating for 2 years after getting together in 2012. After 5 months of engagement they married on 4th Feb 2015.

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<![CDATA[Laura Prepon Loves and Hookups]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/laura-prepon-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups?source=rss

Who is Laura Prepon dating? Many famous men have dated Laura Prepon, and this list will give you more details about these lucky dudes. Including Laura Prepon’s current boyfriend, past relationships, pictures together, and dating rumors, this comprehensive dating history tells you everything you need to know about Laura Prepon’s love life. 

This list features Laura Prepon’s ex-boyfriends along with additional information about them, such as when they were born and what they do professionally. These men come in all shapes and sizes, but what they all have in common is that they're all men that Laura Prepon has either dated or hooked up with. It's not hard to get jealous of these men that Laura Prepon has gone out with, so try your hardest to contain your envy.

Laura Prepon is currently engaged to Ben Foster. The couple are expecting a daughter. 

This list of Laura Prepon’s boyfriends includes Tom Cruise and Topher Grace.

Check out the list of men Laura Prepon has dated, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

Laura Prepon Loves and Hookups,

Anthony Kiedis

Laura Prepon and Anthony Kiedis had an encounter in Jul 2008.

Ben Foster

On October 7, 2016, Prepon announced her engagement to actor Ben Foster. On January 23, 2017, it was announced that she and Foster are expecting their first child, a daughter. 

Christopher Masterson

Laura Prepon and Christopher Masterson dated from May, 1999 to May, 2007.

Scott Michael Foster

Scott Michael Foster and Laura Prepon dated from October, 2008 to 2013.

Tom Cruise

Laura Prepon is rumored to have hooked up with Tom Cruise in Nov 2013.

Topher Grace

Topher Grace is rumored to have hooked up with Laura Prepon in 1998.

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<![CDATA[Tupac Shakur Loves and Hookups]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/tupac-shakur-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups?source=rss

Who is Tupac Shakur dating? Many famous women have dated Tupac Shakur, and this list will give you more details about these lucky ladies. Including Tupac Shakur’s current girlfriend, past relationships, pictures together, and dating rumors, this comprehensive dating history tells you everything you need to know about Tupac Shakur’s love life. 

This list features Tupac Shakur’s ex-girlfriends along with additional information about them, such as when they were born and what they do professionally. These women come in all shapes and sizes, but what they all have in common is that they're all women that Tupac Shakur has either dated or hooked up with. It's not hard to get jealous of these women that Tupac Shakur has gone out with, so try your hardest to contain your envy.

This list of Tupac Shakur’s girlfriends includes Kidada Jones, Jada Pinkett Smith, Lisa Lopes, and Faith Evans.

Check out the list of women Tupac Shakur has dated, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

Tupac Shakur Loves and Hookups,

Faith Evans

Faith Evans and Tupac Shakur had an encounter in 1995.

Heather Hunter

Heather Hunter had an encounter with Tupac Shakur.

Jada Pinkett Smith

Jada Pinkett Smith and Tupac Shakur met while both attended the Baltimore School for the Arts in the mid-`80s. They were very close friends, and were photographed kissing multiple times. But, they never admitted to dating exclusively.

Kidada Jones

Kidada and Tupac got engaged in 1995. They were together until his death in September 1996.

Lisa Lopes

Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes and Tupac Shakur had an encounter in May 1991.


Tupac Shakur and Madonna dated in 1994.

Nina Hartley

Nina Hartley had an encounter with Tupac Shakur.

Rosie Perez

Rosie Perez and Tupac Shakur dated in 1993.

Whitney Houston

Bobby Brown claimed that his ex-wife Whitney Houston allegedly had an affair with the late rapper Tupac Shakur, while they were married.

Keisha Morris

Tupac Shakur and Keisha Morris were married for 8 months. They dated for 1 year after getting together in 1994 and married on 29th Apr 1995. 8 months later they divorced in 1996.

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<![CDATA[Niall Horan Loves and Hookups]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/niall-horan-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups?source=rss

Who is Niall Horan dating? Many famous women have dated Niall Horan, and this list will give you more details about these lucky ladies. Including Niall Horan’s current girlfriend, past relationships, pictures together, and dating rumors, this comprehensive dating history tells you everything you need to know about Niall Horan’s love life. 

This list features Niall Horan’s ex-girlfriends along with additional information about them, such as when they were born and what they do professionally. These women come in all shapes and sizes, but what they all have in common is that they're all women that Niall Horan has either dated or hooked up with. It's not hard to get jealous of these women that Niall Horan has gone out with, so try your hardest to contain your envy.

This list of Niall Horan’s girlfriends includes Barbara Palvin and Ellie Goulding.

Check out the list of women Niall Horan has dated, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

Niall Horan Loves and Hookups,

Ellie Goulding

If you've heard Ed Sheeran's song "Don't," then you know the story of Niall and Ellie. Apparently while she and Ed were seeing each other, she "disappeared with [Niall] to have sex." Yuuuuup....

Barbara Palvin

Niall Horan and Barbara Palvin dated from 26th November, 2013 to March, 2014.

Louise Thompson

Talk about a bitter ex! Louise's ex-boyfriend revealed in an interview that she and Niall had a sleepover while they were still dating. Uh, TMI??

Thalia Heffernan

Thalia Heffernan is rumored to have hooked up with Niall Horan in Jun 2014.

Celine Helene Vandycke

Celine Helene Vandycke and Niall Horan had an encounter in May 2016.

Jessica Serfaty

In 2017, Niall Horan was rumored to be dating model Jessica Serfaty.

Amy Green

Even though Niall adamantly denied that he was in a relationship, he and Amy apparently were, in fact, dating from October 2012-February 2013. Reports say his hectic schedule was to blame for the breakup.

Zoe Whelan

Zoe Whelan is rumored to have hooked up with Niall Horan in Jan 2013.

Melissa Whitelaw

Melissa Whitelaw and Niall Horan dated from November, 2014 to June, 2015.

Suede Brooks

Suede Brooks is rumored to have hooked up with Niall Horan in Mar 2016.

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<![CDATA[Danielle Panabaker Loves and Hookups]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/danielle-panabaker-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups?source=rss

Who is Danielle Panabaker dating? Many famous men have dated Danielle Panabaker, and this list will give you more details about these lucky dudes. Including Danielle Panabaker’s current boyfriend, past relationships, pictures together, and dating rumors, this comprehensive dating history tells you everything you need to know about Danielle Panabaker’s love life. 

This list features Danielle Panabaker’s ex-boyfriends along with additional information about them, such as when they were born and what they do professionally. These men come in all shapes and sizes, but what they all have in common is that they're all men that Danielle Panabaker has either dated or hooked up with. It's not hard to get jealous of these men that Danielle Panabaker has gone out with, so try your hardest to contain your envy.

This list of Danielle Panabaker’s boyfriends includes Zachary Abel, Jesse McCartney, and James Woods.

Check out the list of men Danielle Panabaker has dated, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

Danielle Panabaker Loves and Hookups,

James Woods

James Woods and Danielle Panabaker had an encounter in Jul 2008.

Jesse McCartney

Jesse McCartney and Danielle Panabaker dated from September, 2008 to January, 2009.

Zachary Abel

Zachary Abel and Danielle Panabaker dated from May, 2010 to 2016.

Charlie Ebersol

Charlie Ebersol and Danielle Panabaker dated from 2005 to 2008.

Hayes Robbins

Hayes Robbins and Danielle Panabaker have been dating for several months before getting engaged on July 13, 2016.

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<![CDATA[Jordin Sparks Loves and Hookups]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/jordin-sparks-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups?source=rss

Who is Jordin Sparks dating? Many famous men have dated Jordin Sparks, and this list will give you more details about these lucky dudes. Including Jordin Sparks’s current boyfriend, past relationships, pictures together, and dating rumors, this comprehensive dating history tells you everything you need to know about Jordin Sparks’s love life. 

This list features Jordin Sparks’s ex-boyfriends along with additional information about them, such as when they were born and what they do professionally. These men come in all shapes and sizes, but what they all have in common is that they're all men that Jordin Sparks has either dated or hooked up with. It's not hard to get jealous of these men that Jordin Sparks has gone out with, so try your hardest to contain your envy.

This list of Jordin Sparks’s boyfriends includes Sage the Gemini and Jason Derulo.

Check out the list of men Jordin Sparks has dated, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

Jordin Sparks Loves and Hookups,

Blake Lewis

Jordin Sparks is rumored to have hooked up with Blake Lewis in 2006.

Steph Jones

Steph Jones and Jordin Sparks dated from March, 2008 to November, 2010.

Jason Derülo

Jason Derulo and Jordin Sparks dated from August 1, 2011 to September 2014.

Sage The Gemini

Sage the Gemini and Jordin Sparks dated from May 2015 to February 2016.

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<![CDATA[LeBron James Loves and Hookups]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/lebron-james-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups?source=rss

Who is LeBron James dating? Many famous women have dated LeBron James, and this list will give you more details about these lucky ladies. Including LeBron James’s current girlfriend, past relationships, pictures together, and dating rumors, this comprehensive dating history tells you everything you need to know about LeBron James’s love life. 

This list features LeBron James’s ex-girlfriends along with additional information about them, such as when they were born and what they do professionally. These women come in all shapes and sizes, but what they all have in common is that they're all women that LeBron James has either dated or hooked up with. It's not hard to get jealous of these women that LeBron James has gone out with, so try your hardest to contain your envy.

LeBron James is currently married to Savannah Brinson. The couple have three children together. 

This list of LeBron James’s girlfriends includes Meagan Good and Amber Rose.

Check out the list of women LeBron James has dated, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

LeBron James Loves and Hookups,

Adrienne Bailon

During one of the splits with his current wife, LeBron James dated 3LW group member Adrienne Bailon. They were only together for nine months. They broke up because of cheating allegations.

Meagan Good

LeBron James is rumored to have hooked up with Meagan Good in 2004.

Amber Rose

There were allegations that these two had a fling in the beginning of 2010 though this was never confirmed. There were pictures of the two together, though they say they were just hanging ou

Carmen Ortega

Carmen Ortega and LeBron James had an encounter in 2012.

Savannah Brinson

Savannah Brinson and LeBron James have been married for 3 years. They were dating for 11 years after getting together in 2000. After 1 year of engagement they married on 14th Sep 2013. They have 3 children, LeBron (12), Bryce Maximus (9) and Zhuri (2).

Hencha Voigt

Hencha Voigt had an encounter with LeBron James.

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<![CDATA[Dwight Howard Loves and Hookups]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/dwight-howard-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups?source=rss

Who is Dwight Howard dating? Many famous women have dated Dwight Howard, and this list will give you more details about these lucky ladies. Including Dwight Howard’s current girlfriend, past relationships, pictures together, and dating rumors, this comprehensive dating history tells you everything you need to know about Dwight Howard’s love life. 

This list features Dwight Howard’s ex-girlfriends along with additional information about them, such as when they were born and what they do professionally. These women come in all shapes and sizes, but what they all have in common is that they're all women that Dwight Howard has either dated or hooked up with. It's not hard to get jealous of these women that Dwight Howard has gone out with, so try your hardest to contain your envy.

This list of Dwight Howard’s girlfriends includes Royce Reed and Camilla Poindexter.

Check out the list of women Dwight Howard has dated, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

Dwight Howard Loves and Hookups,

Royce Reed

Royce Reed and Dwight Howard had a relationship from 2009 to 2011. They had a son named Braylon age 9.

Tiffany Render

Tiffany Render and Dwight Howard had a relationship from 2008 to 2010.They had a daughter named Layla age 6.

Christine Vest

Christine Vest and Dwight Howard are engaged.They have a son named Dwight David jr age 4.

Hope Alexa

Hope Alexa and Dwight Howard had a relationship from 2009 to 2011.They had a daughter named Jayde age 6.

Marion Denise Douglas

Marion Denise Douglas and Dwight Howard had a relationship from 2012 to 2012.

Camilla Poindexter

Camilla Poindexter and Dwight Howard dated in 2012.

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<![CDATA[Gregg Sulkin Loves and Hookups]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/gregg-sulkin-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups?source=rss

Who is Gregg Sulkin dating? Many famous women have dated Gregg Sulkin, and this list will give you more details about these lucky ladies. Including Gregg Sulkin’s current girlfriend, past relationships, pictures together, and dating rumors, this comprehensive dating history tells you everything you need to know about Gregg Sulkin’s love life. 

This list features Gregg Sulkin’s ex-girlfriends along with additional information about them, such as when they were born and what they do professionally. These women come in all shapes and sizes, but what they all have in common is that they're all women that Gregg Sulkin has either dated or hooked up with. It's not hard to get jealous of these women that Gregg Sulkin has gone out with, so try your hardest to contain your envy.

This list of Gregg Sulkin’s girlfriends includes Bella Thorne, Danielle Campbell, and Britt Robertson.

Check out the list of women Gregg Sulkin has dated, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

Gregg Sulkin Loves and Hookups,

Bella Thorne

Bella Thorne and Gregg Sulkin dated from May 2015 to 2016. 

Britt Robertson

The two worked together on the DCOM Avalon High in 2010, and like many costars who fall victim to dating rumors, these two were no different. Maybe they did steal a few behind the scene kisses, but, for now at least, it's all hearsay.

Samantha Boscarino

Samantha Boscarino and Gregg Sulkin dated from 5th February, 2008 to September, 2009.

Debby Ryan

Debby Ryan and Gregg Sulkin dated from 22nd February, 2008 to January, 2010.

Pixie Lott

Pixie and Gregg were rumored to be dating, after being spotted out together in early 2010. In the August 2010 issue of 'M Magazine' Gregg claimed that he was single.

Danielle Campbell

Danielle Campbell is rumored to have hooked up with Gregg Sulkin in Jan 2017.

Yvette Monreal

Talk that Gregg and his Faking It costar were getting cozy with each other started spreading during the show's early days. Whether it was that the flame fizzled or that it actually wasn't even there, the rumors died down with time.

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<![CDATA[16 Actors That Started Their Careers In Adorable Children's Roles]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/actors-who-were-in-big-movies-and-shows-as-children/anncasano?source=rss

Often, we think of child actors as being part of a cautionary tale from the dark side of Hollywood, where young kids attained high levels of fame and money only to grow up and lose it all. But, thankfully, that’s not always the case - there are plenty of child stars who actually went on to became famous adult actors. We already know of celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio and Jodie Foster, who are among the many actors who started young, but this list instead looks at more under the radar television and movie stars who were once child actors in big movies and shows.

Television programs like Kids Incorporated and The Mickey Mouse Club were breeding grounds for young talent. Sure, we may remember that stars like Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears got their start as Mouseketeers; however, you may be surprised to learn which current Academy Award nominated actor and which small screen Russian spy also started out on those programs. And did you know that Christian Bale and Seth Green once starred in big movies as children? You may be amazed to learn just how many actors got their start on daytime soap operas.

Read about all the young stars who somehow avoided most of Hollywood's pitfalls to make it in show business as adults. Some of these early roles performed by famous actors will totally surprise you, while others will make perfect sense.

16 Actors That Started Their Careers In Adorable Children's Roles,

Alyson Hannigan

Before uttering the now infamous line "and one time at band camp" in the film American Pie and appearing as Lily on the hit show How I Met Your Mother, Alyson Hannigan landed her first big-screen role at the age of 14. Her debut was in the 1988 film My Stepmother Is an Alien starring Kim Basinger. Between the American Pie movies and HIMYM, Hannigan also played Willow Rosenberg for seven seasons on Joss Whedon's WB drama Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Christian Bale

We now know of Christian Bale as being one of the greatest method actors of his generation. However, many forget that the Academy Award winning actor got an early start on the big screen when he starred in Steven Spielberg's war drama Empire of the Sun (1987) at the tender age of 13. And it's not surprising to hear that the English thespian found his instant fame "repugnant."

He described the experience of doing press for Empire of the Sun:

"We did this huge international publicity push for Empire, and I really hated it. It was horrific. I was almost crying in interviews and running away during press conferences, pretending I was going to the bathroom and just disappearing. That has very much affected my ideas on exposure."

Ethan Hawke

Ethan Hawke made his big-screen debut at the age of 15, starring as Ben Crandall in the sci-fi film Explorers (1985). The actor's breakout role came just a few years later in Dead Poet's Society (1989). Hawke, who is also a published author and director, is one of the most prolific actors of his generation. Some of his more famous movies include Reality Bites, Richard Linklater's Before Trilogy, Training Day, and Boyhood. 

Jake Gyllenhaal

It wasn't a huge part, but Jake Gyllenhaal made his silver screen debut at just 11 years old in the 1990 comedy City Slickers, where he played Billy Crystal's son. Gyllenhaal played other bit parts over the next ten years on both the small and big screen before finally landing his breakout staring role in the mind-bending 2001 drama Donnie Darko.

Jennifer Love Hewitt

Jennifer Love Hewitt's breakout role came in the 1990s TV drama Party of Five. However, the actress got her real start by playing Robin on Disney's Kids Incorporated in 1990 at just 11 years old. At that time, Hewitt simply went by the name Love Hewitt, she later went back to her original first name in 1993 when she appeared in Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit. Hewitt has gone on to have a successful career on the small screen, including a stint playing Kate Callahan, an FBI agent, on the hit show Criminal Minds.


Jerry O'Connell

Jerry O'Connell has grown up to be an extremely attractive man; however, his body wasn't always so fit. The Billions actor is nearly unrecognizable as Vern, the chubby kid from Stand by Me, a role he played at 12 years old. Vern was always the butt of the fat jokes in Rob Reiner's 1986 coming of age story. O'Connell went on to marry supermodel Rebecca Romijn and has appeared in several television and silver screen roles including Sliders and Jerry Maguire.

Katherine Heigl

Before Katherine Heigl appeared on the television show Roswell, and well before her breakout role as Dr. Izzie Stevens on Grey's Anatomy, the actress had her first starring silver screen role opposite Gérard Depardieu in the 1994 drama My Father the Hero. Heigl was 16 years old when she was cast as Nicole, a teenager who pretended her father was her boyfriend in order to impress a boy she liked. Before her small screen success in Roswell, Heigl also appeared in a few other interesting movies such as Steven Seagal's Under Siege 2: Dark Territory and Bride of Chucky.

Keri Russell

Another former member of The Mickey Mouse Club, Keri Russell served as a Mouseketeer from 1991 to 1993. In between those years, she also appeared as Mandy Park in Honey, I Blew Up the Kids (1992).

Russell popped up in few small roles over the next few years before finally landing the titular breakout part on Felicity in 1998. The actress would go on to appear in several more film and television roles, including a starring turn in the independent film Waitress (2007). More recently, Russell has been showing off her acting chops as a Russian spy in the critically acclaimed FX series The Americans.


Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart is known around the world for her role as Bella Swan in the Twilight series. However, her first major film role came at the age of 12 when she was cast opposite Jodie Foster in David Fincher's nail-biting thriller Panic Room (2002). The actor is not even 30 years old and already has nearly 40 acting credits to her name. Stewart has also appeared in several independent and mainstream films since her departure from the vampire series that have made her a household name including American Ultra and Personal Shopper.

Ryan Gosling

Most people recall that Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears were part of Disney Channel's The Mickey Mouse Club. But what you may not remember is that Ryan Gosling was also one of the Mouseketeers. The 12-year-old Canadian actor received a two-year contract in 1993 to become a member of The Mickey Mouse Club, so he packed up and moved to Orlando, FL, for the last two seasons of the show. Gosling then became good friends with Timberlake and the pair lived together for six months; Timberlake's mother even became Gosling's legal guardian during that time.

People may forget Gosling's stint as a Mouseketeer because he wasn't given the same screen time as the other young actors who were considered to be more talented. The future Academy Award nominated actor said of his Disney experience:

"It was kind of depressing because when I got there, they realized that I wasn't really up to snuff in comparison with what some of the other kids were able to do... I remember one time they put four of us in a dance routine, but I was so off. I was on the end, so they just pushed the shot in closer on the other three guys to frame me out."

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<![CDATA[Chris Pine Loves and Hookups]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/chris-pine-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups?source=rss

Who is Chris Pine dating? Many famous women have dated Chris Pine, and this list will give you more details about these lucky ladies. Including Chris Pine’s current girlfriend, past relationships, pictures together, and dating rumors, this comprehensive dating history tells you everything you need to know about Chris Pine’s love life. 

This list features Chris Pine’s ex-girlfriends along with additional information about them, such as when they were born and what they do professionally. These women come in all shapes and sizes, but what they all have in common is that they're all women that Chris Pine has either dated or hooked up with. It's not hard to get jealous of these women that Chris Pine has gone out with, so try your hardest to contain your envy.

According to rumors, Chris Pine is currently dating Sofia Boutella. 

This list of Chris Pine’s girlfriends includes Zoe Kravitz and Olivia Munn.

Check out the list of women Chris Pine has dated, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

Chris Pine Loves and Hookups,

Audrina Patridge

Chris and Audrina were spotted out at dinner in LA then were magically seated next to each other at the 2009 MTV Move Awards. A month later Chris reportedly dumped the "Hills" star because of all the attention they were getting as a couple.

Beau Garrett

Beau Garrett and Chris Pine dated from August, 2008 to 2009.

Olivia Munn

Chris Pine and Olivia Munn hooked up in the fall of 2009, and insiders said they were "quite serious" early on. Still, a few short months later it was reported that they'd parted ways. They never confirmed the romance, but they were photographed together several times.

Zoë Kravitz

Zoë Kravitz and Chris Pine dated from September, 2014 to February, 2015.

Jasmine Waltz

Chris and Jasmine were linked beginning in April 2010, when they were spotted on a Parisian getaway together.

Sofia Boutella

In early 2017, rumors of Chris Pine dating his Star Trek Beyond costar Sofia Boutella sparked after being spotted at Coachella together. 

Dominique Piek

Dominique Piek and Chris Pine dated from 9th September, 2011 to February, 2013.

Nathalie Walker

Nathalie Walker and Chris Pine had an encounter in Jan 2010.

Amanda Frances Horne

Amanda Frances Horne and Chris Pine had an encounter in May 2013.

Iris Björk Jóhannesdóttir

Iris Björk Jóhannesdóttir and Chris Pine dated from November, 2013 to 2014.

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<![CDATA[Alexandra Daddario Loves and Hookups]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/alexandra-daddario-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups?source=rss

Who is Alexandra Daddario dating? Many famous men have dated Alexandra Daddario, and this list will give you more details about these lucky dudes. Including Alexandra Daddario’s current boyfriend, past relationships, pictures together, and dating rumors, this comprehensive dating history tells you everything you need to know about Alexandra Daddario’s love life. 

This list features Alexandra Daddario’s ex-boyfriends along with additional information about them, such as when they were born and what they do professionally. These men come in all shapes and sizes, but what they all have in common is that they're all men that Alexandra Daddario has either dated or hooked up with. It's not hard to get jealous of these men that Alexandra Daddario has gone out with, so try your hardest to contain your envy.

According to rumors, Alexandra Daddario is currently dating Zac Efron. 

This list of Alexandra Daddario’s boyfriends includes Logan Lerman and Trey Songz.

Check out the list of men Alexandra Daddario has dated, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

Alexandra Daddario Loves and Hookups,

Logan Lerman

In 2016, Alexandra Daddario was engaged to her Percy Jackson costar Logan Lerman. 

Trey Songz

Alexandra Daddario is rumored to have hooked up with Trey Songz in 2011.

Zac Efron


In May 2017, Zac Efron was rumored to be hooking up with Baywatch costar Alexandra Daddario.

Jason Fuchs

Alexandra Daddario and Jason Fuchs had a relationship from 2006 to 2009.

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 09:41:45 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/alexandra-daddario-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups
<![CDATA[Chris Martin Loves and Hookups]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/chris-martin-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups?source=rss

Who is Chris Martin dating? Many famous women have dated Chris Martin, and this list will give you more details about these lucky ladies. Including Chris Martin’s current girlfriend, past relationships, pictures together, and dating rumors, this comprehensive dating history tells you everything you need to know about Chris Martin’s love life. 

This list features Chris Martin’s ex-girlfriends along with additional information about them, such as when they were born and what they do professionally. These women come in all shapes and sizes, but what they all have in common is that they're all women that Chris Martin has either dated or hooked up with. It's not hard to get jealous of these women that Chris Martin has gone out with, so try your hardest to contain your envy.

Chris Martin is currently dating Annabelle Wallis. 

This list of Chris Martin’s girlfriends includes Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Lawrence.

Check out the list of women Chris Martin has dated, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

Chris Martin Loves and Hookups,

Alexa Chung

Alexa Chung is rumored to have hooked up with Chris Martin in May 2014.

Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin were married for 10 years. They dated for 1 year after getting together in Oct 2002 and married on 5th Dec 2003. 10 years later they divorced in Apr 2015.They had 2 children, Apple Blythe Alison (12) and Moses Bruce Anthony (10).

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Martin dated from June, 2014 to June, 2015.

Kate Bosworth

Kate Bosworth is rumored to have hooked up with Chris Martin in Oct 2009.

Kylie Minogue

Kylie Minogue is rumored to have hooked up with Chris Martin in Jun 2015.

Natalie Imbruglia

Natalie Imbruglia and Chris Martin dated in 2000.

Annabelle Wallis

Annabelle Wallis and Chris Martin have been dating since Aug 2015.

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 09:41:30 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/chris-martin-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups
<![CDATA[Zoe Kravitz Loves and Hookups]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/zoe-kravitz-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups?source=rss

Who is Zoe Kravitz dating? Many famous men have dated Zoe Kravitz, and this list will give you more details about these lucky dudes. Including Zoe Kravitz’s current boyfriend, past relationships, pictures together, and dating rumors, this comprehensive dating history tells you everything you need to know about Zoe Kravitz’s love life. 

This list features Zoe Kravitz’s ex-boyfriends along with additional information about them, such as when they were born and what they do professionally. These men come in all shapes and sizes, but what they all have in common is that they're all men that Zoe Kravitz has either dated or hooked up with. It's not hard to get jealous of these men that Zoe Kravitz has gone out with, so try your hardest to contain your envy.

Zoe Kravitz is currently dating Karl Glusman. 

This list of Zoe Kravitz’s boyfriends includes Chris Pine and Michael Fassbender.

Check out the list of men Zoe Kravitz has dated, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

Zoe Kravitz Loves and Hookups,

Ben Foster

Back when they were 27 and 19 respectively, Ben and Zoe went public with their romance. The two actors stayed together from August 2007 until June 2008, just shy of their one-year anniversary.

Chris Pine

Zoë Kravitz and Chris Pine reportedly dated from September, 2014 to February, 2015.

Michael Fassbender

Zoe Kravitz and Michael Fassbender are rumored to have started a relationship after meeting on the set of 'X-Men: First Class.

James Levy

James Levy is rumored to have hooked up with Zoë Kravitz in 2012.

Noah Gabriel Becker

The Drake dating rumors were squashed when Zoe was seen holding hands with Noah at Coachella in April 2014.

Ezra Miller

Ezra Miller and Zoë Kravitz dated in 2010.

Andrew VanWyngarden

Although they never confirmed the dating rumor, Zoe and the MGMT member were seen together looking extra friendly multiple times at the end of 2008.

Karl Glusman

Karl Glusman and Zoë Kravitz have been dating since Oct 2016.


Zoë Kravitz is rumored to have hooked up with Drake in Nov 2013.

Penn Badgley

Zoë Kravitz and Penn Badgley dated from July, 2011 to June, 2013.

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 10:08:31 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/zoe-kravitz-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups
<![CDATA[Kate Mara Loves and Hookups]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/kate-mara-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups?source=rss

Who is Kate Mara dating? Many famous men have dated Kate Mara, and this list will give you more details about these lucky dudes. Including Kate Mara’s current boyfriend, past relationships, pictures together, and dating rumors, this comprehensive dating history tells you everything you need to know about Kate Mara’s love life. 

This list features Kate Mara’s ex-boyfriends along with additional information about them, such as when they were born and what they do professionally. These men come in all shapes and sizes, but what they all have in common is that they're all men that Kate Mara has either dated or hooked up with. It's not hard to get jealous of these men that Kate Mara has gone out with, so try your hardest to contain your envy.

Kate Mara is currently dating Jamie Bell. The two became engaged in January 2017. 

This list of Kate Mara’s boyfriends includes Charlie Cox and Max Minghella.

Check out the list of men Kate Mara has dated, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

Kate Mara Loves and Hookups,

Charlie Cox

Kate Mara was briefly linked to her 'Stone of Destiny' co-star Charlie Cox in 2008.

Jamie Bell

Kate Mara started dating Fantastic Four costar Jamie Bell n 2015. They got engaged in January 2017. 

Max Minghella

Max Minghella and Kate Mara dated from 2010 to August 2014.

Joseph McGinty Nichol

Kate Mara dated her We Are Marshall director McG from 2006 to 2008. 

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 10:10:22 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/kate-mara-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups
<![CDATA[Josh Groban Loves and Hookups]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/josh-groban-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups?source=rss

Who is Josh Groban dating? Many famous women have dated Josh Groban, and this list will give you more details about these lucky ladies. Including Josh Groban’s current girlfriend, past relationships, pictures together, and dating rumors, this comprehensive dating history tells you everything you need to know about Josh Groban’s love life. 

This list features Josh Groban’s ex-girlfriends along with additional information about them, such as when they were born and what they do professionally. These women come in all shapes and sizes, but what they all have in common is that they're all women that Josh Groban has either dated or hooked up with. It's not hard to get jealous of these women that Josh Groban has gone out with, so try your hardest to contain your envy.

This list of Josh Groban’s girlfriends includes Kat Dennings, Katy Perry, January Jones, and April Bowlby.

Check out the list of women Josh Groban has dated, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

Josh Groban Loves and Hookups,

April Bowlby

April Bowlby and Josh Groban dated from November, 2009 to March, 2010.

January Jones

January and Josh were together for three years, but called it quits in 2006. Josh's rep announced that the couple was "taking a break," but that they "remain friends."

Kat Dennings

Josh Groban dated actress Kat Dennings for two years until July 2016. 

Michelle Trachtenberg

Michelle Trachtenberg and Josh Groban dated in 2012.

Selma Blair

Josh Groban and Selma Blair were rumored to be dating in 2010 when they were spotted at a theater together. 

Katy Perry

Katy Perry and Josh Groban dated in Mar 2009. Katy still refers to him as "the one that got away."

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 10:07:48 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/josh-groban-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups
<![CDATA[Amber Rose Loves and Hookups]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/amber-rose-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups?source=rss

Who is Amber Rose dating? Many famous men have dated Amber Rose, and this list will give you more details about these lucky dudes. Including Amber Rose’s current boyfriend, past relationships, pictures together, and dating rumors, this comprehensive dating history tells you everything you need to know about Amber Rose’s love life. 

This list features Amber Rose’s ex-boyfriends along with additional information about them, such as when they were born and what they do professionally. These men come in all shapes and sizes, but what they all have in common is that they're all men that Amber Rose has either dated or hooked up with. It's not hard to get jealous of these men that Amber Rose has gone out with, so try your hardest to contain your envy.

Amber Rose is currently dating 21 Savage. 

This list of Amber Rose’s boyfriends includes Kanye West and Wiz Khalifa.

Check out the list of men Amber Rose has dated, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

Amber Rose Loves and Hookups,

Joe Budden

Amber Rose reportedly had a threesome with rapper Joe Budden and his girlfriend Cyn Santana in August 2016.

James Harden

James Harden and Amber Rose dated from January to March, 2015.

Machine Gun Kelly

They met at the 2015 MTV Movie awards on April 12, 2015. Amber sent her assistant over to MGK and Told him that Amber wanted to talk to him.

Odell Beckham Jr.

Odell Beckham, Jr. and Amber Rose dated from August, 2015 to April, 2017.

Terrence Ross

Terrence Ross and Amber Rose dated from February to June 2016.

Myles White

Myles White and Amber Rose dated from November, 2015 to February, 2016.

Eric André

Eric André and Amber Rose had an encounter in Oct 2015.

Val Chmerkovskiy

Val Chmerkovskiy and Amber Rose dated from September, 2016 to February, 2017.

21 Savage

In June 2017, Amber Rose began dating rapper 21 Savage. 


Offset of Migos and Amber Rose were rumored to be hooking up from March to May 2017.

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 10:08:49 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/amber-rose-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups
<![CDATA[Super Boring Musicians You Had No Idea Used To Be (Or Still Are) Hardcore AF]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/boring-musicians-who-used-to-be-hardcore/jacob-shelton?source=rss

Dad rock, that most boring of genre of music, which encompasses everything from California country to blues-inspired folk, is so snooze-inducing the musicians who play it must be the most insipid people on Earth, right? Well, not exactly. There are some boring musicians who used to be hardcore af. Before they cleaned up, there were plenty of boring bands who were crazy back in the day. Like, chainsaw-through-a-hotel-room crazy. It’s time to expand your musical knowledge with this collection of crazy musicians who calmed down with age.

With a few notable exceptions, most of the musicians who were addicts covered here had their heydays in the '70s, when their brand of dad rock peaked. While some had continued success into the 2000s, many of these dad rock musicians who did hella drugs became so boring as time went on the world stopped listening, so they started racing yachts or opened tea shops.

It shouldn't really come as a surprise that a musician, no matter how boring the music, can get up to no good on the road. All of the crazy Led Zeppelin stories you've heard exist because four lads from England had lots of money and nothing to do for hours on end, so they got into witchcraft and started shoving fish into people. The same goes for everything you’ve heard about Ozzy Osbourne. But audiences expect crazy stories about those artists, whereas the boring AF dad rock artists on this list might actually surprise you with their shenanigans. 

Super Boring Musicians You Had No Idea Used To Be (Or Still Are) Hardcore AF,

Billy Joel

Everyone knows Billy Joel sucks. He's just the worst. His music is boring and he looks like the dad of every guy's high school girlfriend, the one who showed you his samurai sword collection.

It turns out that, while Joel was recording "rockers" like "Uptown Girl," he was also heavily into drugs. He told Howard Stern his song "Scandinavian Skies" is about heroin, saying:

"This was back in the late '70s, I think. We were in Amsterdam, and there was all this stuff going on, so I said 'Let me see what this is like.' It got me so high I didn't know how to deal with it. You just get way out, just go to another place, and you're into the blues. All you want to hear is the blues. You start drooling, and you get sick."

But that didn't stop Joel, who continued his hard partying New Jersey ways into his twilight years. In 2004, he crashed his third car in two years. That's dedication to being hardcore. 

David Crosby

There's a good chance you know David Crosby's down-and-out, aging clown look more than his music, but this guy was a huge part of the Laurel Canyon scene of the '60s, and part of a lot of very boring bands that still influence new boring bands. He released some of his sleepiest music in Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young and as a solo artist. While busy writing music that sounds like it should be in a Ken Burns documentary, Crosby was going harder in the paint than anyone who has ever lived. 

For instance, in 1985, he was already on probation for DUI when he was arrested for driving through a fence while in possession of a gun and cocaine. He blamed John Lennon's assassination. In an episode of VH1's Behind The Music, one of the guys from CSN said Crosby ruined one of their incredibly boring recording sessions when he walked out after his crack pipe broke.

Eric Clapton

When you think of Eric Clapton, what pops into your head? Lilting acoustic ballads? Middling white man blues rock? Well, that's probably because he used up all of his freaky powers in the '70s, doing drugs and shredding solos. In his enigmatically entitled autobiography, Clapton: The Autobiography, the guitarist describes how audiences absolutely loved it when he got super effed up and put on the worst shows possible

"I'd wander off the stage and somebody... would have to try to persuade me to go back on. There seemed to be a post-psychedelia drunkenness that swept over everybody in the entertainment business during the early '70s. To be on stage, you were almost expected to be drunk. I remember doing one entire show lying down on the stage with the microphone stand lying beside me, and nobody batted an eyelid."

Clapton battled a three-year heroin addiction in the '70s. During the making of Derek and the Dominos' sole record Layla, the whole band was out of control with drugs and alcohol. Bandmate Bobby Whitlock recalls, "We weren't doing a bunch of drugs during our recording. But if you’re drinking whiskey and snorting cocaine and heroin it's still going to be in your system tomorrow." 

Fleetwood Mac

Put your pitchforks down. Boring doesn't mean bad, especially not in the case of Fleetwood Mac. As everyone knows, you develop an instant appreciation for this classic snooze rock behemoth as soon as you turn 30. But were they really that crazy? Oh yeah.

According to members of the band, there wasn't a day they weren't fighting and/or having sex with each other, or snorting miles of cocaine. The members of Fleetwood Mac were legit crazy people who once calculated Mick Fleetwood (the band's drummer, who wore faux testicles on a belt) snorted seven miles of cocaine during the height of his debauchery. And that's nothing compared to Stevie Nicks, the group's front woman and good witch, who burned a hole in her nose by snorting so much cocaine. 

George Jones

It's okay if you don't know who George Jones is. He sang boring, crooner country that didn't have the heart of Roy Orbison and never reached the flashy heights of Elvis. He had a sustained career built on mediocre hits, and was also a mega-drunk. According to his autobiography, I Lived to Tell It All, he had crippling stage fright, and used alcohol to temper his fear.

A low point came when Jones was so drunk his wife hid the keys to all of his cars so he couldn't drive to the liquor store, so he rode a lawn mower eight miles to buy booze.  He wrote, "I imagine the top speed for that old mower was five miles per hour. It might have taken an hour and a half or more for me to get to the liquor store, but get there I did."

Jackson Browne

The famous scribe behind The Eagles' sleepy time rocker "Take It Easy" definitely didn't heed his own words when it came to his personal life. While Jackson Browne was writing laid-back California country jams you would be hard pressed to name, he was also involved in a murky back-and-forth with former girlfriend Daryl Hannah, who accused him of assaulting her multiple times. No one ever sued anyone over the assault vs defamation battle the two wages, but it's obvious that Browne was anything but boring in his home life. 

James Taylor

He's seen fire, he's seen rain, and he's put a generation of people to sleep with very boring, blues-inspired folk music. While James Taylor's music was a gentle flower on a spring morning, his personal life was a fire threatening to consume an orphanage. First, he was into acid, which had him "jumping great gaps between the roofs and swinging on fire escapes.”

In 1968, at age 20, Taylor moved to England to record his debut album for Apple, the label run by the Beatles. While in London, he got way into heroin. While recording sleepy acoustic jams, he liked to hole up in the studio bathroom and get high, much to the chagrin of the Beatles, who were recording in the same complex. 

Joe Walsh

Joe Walsh was the most exciting member of the Eagles. If the band were a Starbucks pastry display, he'd be the lemon loaf. When he wasn't playing dad country with the Eagles, Walsh was playing wonky dad blues rock on his own, which was also very boring.

Outside his boring musical escapades, Walsh was a legit crazy person. He once chopped up a hotel room with a chainsaw. When asked about the urban legend of him going all lumberjack on a room that costs more than your apartment, he said it is "absolutely true." In fact, he routinely brought a chainsaw to hotels, but only used it once. 

“If you go down to the lobby you can get your point across, you don’t really need to start it up,” he said. There's really nothing as fun as a millionaire terrorizing people who make minimum wage. 

Walsh also struggled with drugs and alcohol for years. He doesn't go into explicit details in interviews, though talks at length in relatively vague terms about cocaine, alcohol, and other drugs being a major problem throughout much of his career, and causing personal and professional problems in the '80s, as things reached their nadir. In 1993, he went to rehab, and has spoken about the disease of addiction ever since. 


Moby, the human equivalent to skim milk, has never struck anyone has being all that crazy. Even at its most experimental, his music is fairly danceable, and that one "thrash" record people talk about is just a high school jock's idea of what Minor Threat sounds like, with some dandy ambient tunes tacked on and a very '90s-sounding Mission to Burma cover shoved in the middle.

That was all to say Moby is fine but boring AF. However, in the '90s, Moby was losing his mind. He was living in New York City, DJing, hanging out with a dominatrix, dating strippers, and squatting in a warehouse with people who wanted to set him on fire. As you might be able to surmise, there was a liberal use of substances. 

In an interview with the Guardian (the headline of which is "There were bags of drugs, I was having sex with a stranger") about his autobiography, Porcelain, Moby described the process of looking back at his life in the 90s: 

"I still recognize that person, stumbling through life without much agency. There’s enthusiasm and a good work ethic, but ultimately complete cluelessness, being baffled by everything. It’s like being a snowball rolling down a mountain. The snowball might have started kind of pure, but by the end, it’s filled with dead squirrels and sticks and rocks and wellies and garbage. You’ve got this snowball at the end, but to what extent does it relate to or resemble that original snowball?”

Phil Collins

The singer/songwriter who proclaimed no jacket was required to listen to his album was a different kind of hardcore crazy person in his younger days than many others on this list. While Phil Collins was busy working on snooze rock staples, he was also a major rage-a-holic, according to his first wife, Andrea.

When Andrea left Phil, he told everyone she "ran off with the decorator." But, according to her, Phil drove her away by being a super violent bully who wanted to argue all the time. Also, he cheated on her. As Andrea recalls

"I divorced him – not him me – on the grounds of his adultery and he agreed... 

There was also the fact that, within a day or two of me leaving the hospital after giving birth to our son, Simon, he went off on a two-year world tour with Genesis.

He’s made a lot of money singing about the break-up of our marriage and his heartbreak, and he’s never stopped to consider my feelings or those of our children. All these years on, he’s still playing the victim, and I think it’s time he stopped."

Does this also make Phil a compulsive liar? He's some kind of monster for fabricating a tale of heartbreak just to sell records and look good in an interview. Somewhere, Noel Gallagher is cackling. 

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 07:54:33 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/boring-musicians-who-used-to-be-hardcore/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[Louis Tomlinson Loves and Hookups]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/louis-tomlinson-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups?source=rss

Who is Louis Tomlinson dating? Many famous women have dated Louis Tomlinson, and this list will give you more details about these lucky ladies. Including Louis Tomlinson’s current girlfriend, past relationships, pictures together, and dating rumors, this comprehensive dating history tells you everything you need to know about Louis Tomlinson’s love life. 

This list features Louis Tomlinson’s ex-girlfriends along with additional information about them, such as when they were born and what they do professionally. These women come in all shapes and sizes, but what they all have in common is that they're all women that Louis Tomlinson has either dated or hooked up with. It's not hard to get jealous of these women that Louis Tomlinson has gone out with, so try your hardest to contain your envy.

Louis Tomlinson currently has a son with Briana Jungwirth, but the two stopped dating in 2015. 

This list of Louis Tomlinson’s girlfriends includes Danielle Campbell and Eleanor Calder.

Check out the list of women Louis Tomlinson has dated, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

Louis Tomlinson Loves and Hookups,

Danielle Campbell

Louis Tomlinson and Danielle Campbell dated from November, 2015 to December, 2016.

Eleanor Calder

Louis Tomlinson and fashion blogger Eleanor Calder dated for three years until March 2015. In early 2017, the couple was rumored to be back together after being spotted out. 

Bethaney Larkman

Bethaney was Louis's first intimate girlfriend. It seems that they kept their friendship after the break-up, since Bethaney attended Louis and Harry's New Year's Eve party on December 31, 2011.

Briana Jungwirth

Los Angeles stylist Briana Jungwirth and Louis Tomlinson had a brief romance in May 2015. Their son, Freddie Reign, was born on January 21, 2016. 

Hannah Walker

Louis Tomlinson dated Hannah Walker during his time on The X Factor. They broke up in 2011 due to One Direction's busy schedule. 

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 09:40:19 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/louis-tomlinson-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups
<![CDATA[Donald Trump Loves and Hookups]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/donald-trump-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups?source=rss

Who is Donald Trump dating? Many famous women have dated Donald Trump, and this list will give you more details about these lucky ladies. Including Donald Trump’s current girlfriend, past relationships, pictures together, and dating rumors, this comprehensive dating history tells you everything you need to know about Donald Trump’s love life. 

This list features Donald Trump’s ex-girlfriends along with additional information about them, such as when they were born and what they do professionally. These women come in all shapes and sizes, but what they all have in common is that they're all women that Donald Trump has either dated or hooked up with. It's not hard to get jealous of these women that Donald Trump has gone out with, so try your hardest to contain your envy.

Donald Trump is currently married to Melania Trump.

This list of Donald Trump’s girlfriends includes Ivana Trump and Marla Maples.

Check out the list of women Donald Trump has dated, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

Donald Trump Loves and Hookups,

Carla Bruni

Carla Bruni romanced mogul Donald Trump in 1991, further proving she has a thing for powerful men.

Gabriela Sabatini

Gabriella Sabatini and Donald Trump dated from June to July, 1989.

Ingrid Seynhaeve

Ingrid Seynhaeve is rumored to have hooked up with Donald Trump in 1997.

Kylie Bax

Kylie Bax and Donald Trump dated in 1995.

Marla Maples

Donald Trump and Marla Maples were married for 5 years. They dated for 3 years after getting together in 1990 and married on 19th Dec 1993. 5 years later they divorced on 8th Jun 1999.They had a daughter named Tiffany Ariana age 23.

Melania Trump

Melania Trump and Donald Trump have been married for 12 years. They were dating for 6 years after getting together in 1998. After 9 months of engagement they married on 22nd Jan 2005.They have a son named Barron William age 11.

Stormy Daniels

Porn star Stormy Daniels is rumored to have hooked up with Donald Trump in January 2008.

Rowanne Brewer

Rowanne Brewer and Donald Trump had an encounter in 1993.

Allison Giannini

Allison Giannini and Donald Trump had an encounter in 1998.

Mary Young

Kara Young and Donald Trump dated in 2001.

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 10:06:07 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/donald-trump-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups
<![CDATA[Zendaya Loves and Hookups]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/zendaya-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups?source=rss

Who is Zendaya dating? Many famous men have dated Zendaya, and this list will give you more details about these lucky dudes. Including Zendaya’s current boyfriend, past relationships, pictures together, and dating rumors, this comprehensive dating history tells you everything you need to know about Zendaya’s love life. 

This list features Zendaya’s ex-boyfriends along with additional information about them, such as when they were born and what they do professionally. These men come in all shapes and sizes, but what they all have in common is that they're all men that Zendaya has either dated or hooked up with. It's not hard to get jealous of these men that Zendaya has gone out with, so try your hardest to contain your envy.

According to rumors, Zendaya is currently dating Tom Holland. 

This list of Zendaya’s boyfriends includes Odell Beckham Jr. and Trevor Jackson.

Check out the list of men Zendaya has dated, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

Zendaya Loves and Hookups,

Adam Irigoyen

Zendaya is rumored to have hooked up with Adam Irigoyen in Jan 2010.

Spencer Boldman

Zendaya and Spencer have a flirtatious friendship.

Odell Beckham Jr.

Odell Beckham, Jr. is rumored to have hooked up with Zendaya in Feb 2016.

Trevor Jackson

Zendaya and Trevor Jackson dated from September, 2012 to May, 2016.

Tom Holland

In summer 2017, Zendaya was rumored to be dating Spider-Man: Homecoming costar Tom Holland. 

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<![CDATA[Rachel McAdams Loves and Hookups]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/rachel-mcadams-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups?source=rss

Who is Rachel McAdams dating? Many famous men have dated Rachel McAdams, and this list will give you more details about these lucky dudes. Including Rachel McAdams’s current boyfriend, past relationships, pictures together, and dating rumors, this comprehensive dating history tells you everything you need to know about Rachel McAdams’s love life. 

This list features Rachel McAdams’s ex-boyfriends along with additional information about them, such as when they were born and what they do professionally. These men come in all shapes and sizes, but what they all have in common is that they're all men that Rachel McAdams has either dated or hooked up with. It's not hard to get jealous of these men that Rachel McAdams has gone out with, so try your hardest to contain your envy.

Rachel McAdams is currently dating Jamie Linden.

This list of Rachel McAdams’s boyfriends includes Taylor Kitsch and Ryan Gosling.

Check out the list of men Rachel McAdams has dated, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

Rachel McAdams Loves and Hookups,

Ben Jackson

Rachel McAdams was rumored to be dating Ben Jackson, who's Jude Law's assistant, in late 2009. They presumably met on the set of "Sherlock Holmes."

Josh Lucas

Rachel McAdams and Josh Lucas dated for several months in 2009, after they were spotted kissing at an event in Washington DC.

Michael Sheen

Rachel McAdams and Michael Sheen started dating on the down low during the summer of 2010, then were spotted kissing and holding hands in the fall -- though they hadn't publicly confirmed their relationship.

Ryan Gosling

Rachel McAdams started dating her "Notebook" co-star Ryan McAdams in 2004, but the couple split three years later. 

Taylor Kitsch

Taylor Kitsch is rumored to have hooked up with Rachel McAdams in Jun 2015.

Jamie Linden

Jamie Linden and Rachel McAdams have been dating since April 2016.

Kit Harington

Kit Harington is rumored to have hooked up with Rachel McAdams in May 2013.

Patrick Sambrook

Patrick Sambrook and Rachel McAdams dated from July, 2013 to 2014.

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<![CDATA[Trey Songz Loves and Hookups]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/trey-songz-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups?source=rss

Who is Trey Songz dating? Many famous women have dated Trey Songz, and this list will give you more details about these lucky ladies. Including Trey Songz’s current girlfriend, past relationships, pictures together, and dating rumors, this comprehensive dating history tells you everything you need to know about Trey Songz’s love life. 

This list features Trey Songz’s ex-girlfriends along with additional information about them, such as when they were born and what they do professionally. These women come in all shapes and sizes, but what they all have in common is that they're all women that Trey Songz has either dated or hooked up with. It's not hard to get jealous of these women that Trey Songz has gone out with, so try your hardest to contain your envy.

This list of Trey Songz’s girlfriends includes Khloe Kardashian and Tanaya.

Check out the list of women Trey Songz has dated, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

Trey Songz Loves and Hookups,


Ciara and Trey Songz were linked in 2010.

Keri Hilson

He is said to have cheated on Lauren London with singer Keri Hilson. They dated briefly.

Khloé Kardashian

Khloé Kardashian is rumored to have hooked up with Trey Songz in May 2016.

Alexandra Daddario

Alexandra Daddario is rumored to have hooked up with Trey Songz in 2011.

Tahiry Jose

Tahiry Jose and Trey Songz dated from November to December, 2009.

Tabby Brown

Tabby Brown and Trey Songz dated from December, 2012 to January, 2013.

Mila J

Trey Songz is rumored to have hooked up with Mila J in 2014.

Simply Jess

Trey Songz was cheating on Lauren London with Her. They messed around for 10 months.


Tanaya and Trey Songz dated from January to March, 2015.

Iesha Marie

Model Iesha Marie and Trey were an item in 2012.

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<![CDATA[Eminem Loves and Hookups]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/eminem-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups?source=rss

Who is Eminem dating? Many famous women have dated Eminem, and this list will give you more details about these lucky ladies. Including Eminem’s current girlfriend, past relationships, pictures together, and dating rumors, this comprehensive dating history tells you everything you need to know about Eminem’s love life. 

This list features Eminem’s ex-girlfriends along with additional information about them, such as when they were born and what they do professionally. These women come in all shapes and sizes, but what they all have in common is that they're all women that Eminem has either dated or hooked up with. It's not hard to get jealous of these women that Eminem has gone out with, so try your hardest to contain your envy.

This list of Eminem’s girlfriends includes Mariah Carey and Kimberly Scott.

Check out the list of women Eminem has dated, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

Eminem Loves and Hookups,

Britney Spears

Eminem is rumored to have hooked up with Britney Spears in 2002.

Brittany Andrews

Brittany Andrews and Eminem had an encounter in 2001.

Brittany Murphy

Eminem and Brittany Murphy co-starred in the movie "8 Mile" together, and romance rumors followed. In a TV talk show interview, Brittany hinted at a fling between the two, but nothing was ever confirmed.

Gina Lynn

Eminem and adult film star Gina Lynn made a very racy music video together in 2003, and, of course, people assumed these two were involved when the cameras weren`t rolling as well.

Skylar Grey

Skylar Grey and Eminem had a relationship.

Karrine Steffans

Karrine Steffans and Eminem had an encounter in 2003.

Mariah Carey

Eminem and Mariah Carey had an encounter in 2002.

Joy McAvoy

Joy McAvoy and Eminem had an encounter on 25th Aug 2001.

Kendra Jade

Eminem had an encounter with Kendra Jade.

Kimberley Scott

Kimberley Scott and Eminem were married for 10 months. They dated for 5 years after getting together in Jun 1989. After a 10 years engagement they married on 14th Jan 2006. 10 months later they separated in Apr 2006 and divorced on 19th Dec 2006.

They had 3 children, Alaina (24), Hailey (21) and Whitney (15).

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<![CDATA[Olivia Munn Loves and Hookups]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/olivia-munn-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups?source=rss

Who is Olivia Munn dating? Many famous men have dated Olivia Munn, and this list will give you more details about these lucky dudes. Including Olivia Munn’s current boyfriend, past relationships, pictures together, and dating rumors, this comprehensive dating history tells you everything you need to know about Olivia Munn’s love life. 

This list features Olivia Munn’s ex-boyfriends along with additional information about them, such as when they were born and what they do professionally. These men come in all shapes and sizes, but what they all have in common is that they're all men that Olivia Munn has either dated or hooked up with. It's not hard to get jealous of these men that Olivia Munn has gone out with, so try your hardest to contain your envy.

This list of Olivia Munn’s boyfriends includes Joel Kinnaman and Aaron Rodgers.

Check out the list of men Olivia Munn has dated, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

Olivia Munn Loves and Hookups,

Aaron Rodgers

Olivia Munn and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers dated from May 2014 to April 2017.

Brad Richards

Brad Richards and Olivia Munn dated from November, 2011 to January, 2012.

Brett Ratner

Olivia Munn is rumored to have hooked up with Brett Ratner in 2003.

Bryan Greenberg

Olivia Munn and Bryan Greenberg dated from 2007 to December, 2009.

Chris Pine

Olivia Munn and Chris Pine dated from October, 2009 to January, 2010.

Jamie Foxx

Olivia Munn is rumored to have hooked up with Jamie Foxx.

Matthew Morrison

Matthew Morrison was linked to actress Olivia Munn after the two were spotted kissing at a hockey game in New York.

Joel Kinnaman

Olivia Munn and actor Joel Kinnaman were first linked over the holidays in 2011. They made their public debut in March 2012, at the second season premiere of Kinnaman's show, The Killing. They dated until 2014. 

Justin Timberlake

Us Weekly ran a cover story accusing Justin Timberlake of cheating on Jessica Biel with Daily Show correspondent Olivia Munn. They say Timberlake and Munn spent 3 days together in the Gansevoort Park Avenue hotel in NYC, and that Munn met Timberlake at an event for MySpace.

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<![CDATA[Robin Wright Loves and Hookups]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/robin-wright-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups?source=rss

Who is Robin Wright dating? Many famous men have dated Robin Wright, and this list will give you more details about these lucky dudes. Including Robin Wright’s current boyfriend, past relationships, pictures together, and dating rumors, this comprehensive dating history tells you everything you need to know about Robin Wright’s love life. 

This list features Robin Wright’s ex-boyfriends along with additional information about them, such as when they were born and what they do professionally. These men come in all shapes and sizes, but what they all have in common is that they're all men that Robin Wright has either dated or hooked up with. It's not hard to get jealous of these men that Robin Wright has gone out with, so try your hardest to contain your envy.

This list of Robin Wright’s boyfriends and ex-husbands includes Ben Foster and Sean Penn.

Check out the list of men Robin Wright has dated, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

Robin Wright Loves and Hookups,

Ben Foster

In February 2012, Robin Wright began dating actor Ben Foster, and they became engaged in January 2014. The couple called off their engagement in November 2014, but reunited in January 2015. On August 29, 2015, they announced they were ending their second engagement.

Charlie Sheen

Robin Wright and Charlie Sheen dated from 1981 to 1982.

Dane Witherspoon

Robin Wright and Dane Witherspoon were married for 2 years. They dated for 2 years after getting together in 1984 and married in 1986. 2 years later they divorced in 1989.

Jason Patric

Robin Wright and Jason Patric dated from 1988 to 1989.

Sean Penn

Sean and Robin started dating in 1989 and have two children together. They got married in 1996 and separated several times before finalizing their divorce in July 2010.

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 09:37:41 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/robin-wright-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups
<![CDATA[How Your Favorite Celebrities Look Without Their Signature Hair Styles]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/pictures-of-celebrities-with-weird-hair-looking-normal/elle-tharp?source=rss

As a modern celebrity, you've got to have a unique look. Maybe that look comes from carefully applied makeup, or perhaps you work with a killer stylist. But for some stars, standing out means donning a wig or making their hair look crazy.

Famous people known for weird hair keep those bizarre locks front and center. Who could forget Andy Warhol's signature mop, or Dennis Rodman's rainbow-dyed styles? You're so used to seeing celebrities with weird hair that it's almost stranger to see them looking normal. But as these pictures of famous people's hairstyles prove, you don't have to rely on an over-the-top look to be unforgettable. These artists, actors, and athletes still have that it factor - even without the funny haircuts and strange extensions.

How Your Favorite Celebrities Look Without Their Signature Hair Styles,

Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol's hair continually looked like it had just been rubbed with a balloon. The artist's silver wig was a work of art itself, and became closely associated with him. However, his look became a bit more sedate as Warhol got older.

Criss Angel

Criss Angel made a name for himself with his extreme magic skills, and had a slightly punk, slightly goth look to match. But he started straying from his usual 'do in 2016, and the results were nothing short of magical.

Cyndi Lauper

Cyndi Lauper tends to die her hair in colorful shades; as she told Vogue in 2016, she prefers "pink, blue, lavender, or yellow" in softer tones. It's more unusual to see her rocking a natural-looking blonde.

Jared Leto

Jared Leto's ombre'd locks became his signature look on the 2014 awards show circuit. 2017 Leto's hair may have a shorter, slicked back look, but don't fret. His unstoppable hair looks like it's quickly growing back to its former glory.

Miley Cyrus

Back in 2012, Miley Cyrus chopped off her hair for a bolder look. But her hair turned out to be the least significant change she made that year, as she went from starring in Nicholas Sparks movies to trying to twerk.


When in drag, RuPaul tends to don the largest wigs known to mankind, in stark contrast to his completely bald out-of-drag appearance. Go big or go home.

Russell Brand

Russell Brand's hair may be generously called "rockstar chic." You have to dive back into his films from the '90s to find him straying from his signature looky wook.

Lady Gaga

It's hard to nail down one signature hairstyle for Lady Gaga, but they're usually big and they're usually bold. Occasionally, though, you can see Stefani Germanotta out and about with a more natural look.

Nicki Minaj

While Nicki Minaj often experiments with some crazy hair styles during performances and at public events, it's not uncommon to see her in a more low-key style as well. Minaj can pull off any look.

Kate Gosselin

In her days of reality TV fame, Kate Gosselin redefined the mom haircut with her signature 'do. Since her highly publicized divorced, Gosselin has made a lot of positive changes in her life - including changes to her hair.

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<![CDATA[Kevin Spacey Loves and Hookups]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/kevin-spacey-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups?source=rss

Who is Kevin Spacey dating? Many famous women have dated Kevin Spacey, and this list will give you more details about these lucky ladies. Including Kevin Spacey’s current girlfriend, past relationships, pictures together, and dating rumors, this comprehensive dating history tells you everything you need to know about Kevin Spacey’s love life. 

This list features Kevin Spacey’s ex-girlfriends along with additional information about them, such as when they were born and what they do professionally. These women come in all shapes and sizes, but what they all have in common is that they're all women that Kevin Spacey has either dated or hooked up with. It's not hard to get jealous of these women that Kevin Spacey has gone out with, so try your hardest to contain your envy.

This list of Kevin Spacey’s girlfriends includes Dianna Dreyer and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

Check out the list of women Kevin Spacey has dated, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

Kevin Spacey Loves and Hookups,

April Winchell

April Winchell revealed, in broadcasts of her KFI show, on her web diary and several other websites, that she and Spacey dated for a while after high school, during a run of the musical Gypsy, and later went to New York together. She and Spacey have remained friends.

Ashleigh Banfield

Ashleigh Banfield is rumored to have hooked up with Kevin Spacey in 2014.

Jennifer Jason Leigh

Jennifer Jason Leigh and Kevin Spacey are rumored to have dated, but there is very little information available to support this claim.

Dianne Dreyer

Between 1992 and 2000, Spacey discreetly dated Dianne Dreyer, script supervisor to Anthony Minghella, M. Night Shyamalan and Sydney Pollack.

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<![CDATA[Scott Disick Loves and Hookups]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/scott-disick-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups?source=rss

Who is Scott Disick dating? Many famous women have dated Scott Disick, and this list will give you more details about these lucky ladies. Including Scott Disick’s current girlfriend, past relationships, pictures together, and dating rumors, this comprehensive dating history tells you everything you need to know about Scott Disick’s love life. 

This list features Scott Disick’s ex-girlfriends along with additional information about them, such as when they were born and what they do professionally. These women come in all shapes and sizes, but what they all have in common is that they're all women that Scott Disick has either dated or hooked up with. It's not hard to get jealous of these women that Scott Disick has gone out with, so try your hardest to contain your envy.

Scott Disick is best known for his relationship with Kourtney Kardashian. From 2006 to 2015, the couple had an on-and-off relationship and have three children together. 

This list of Scott Disick’s girlfriends includes Bella Thorne and Sofia Richie.

Check out the list of women Scott Disick has dated, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

Scott Disick Loves and Hookups,

Bella Thorne


In May 2017, Bella Thorne was spotted getting cuddly with Scott Disick in Cannes. 

Sofia Richie

After being spotted together at Cannes, Sofia Richie and Scott Disick were rumored to be hooking up in May 2017. 

Ellen Robinson

Disick was rumored to be dating another model, Ellen Robinson. (June 2016)

Lina Sandberg

Lina Sandberg and Scott Disick dated from November, 2015 to January, 2016.

Christine Burke

Christine Burke and Scott Disick dated from March to May, 2016.

Megan Irwin

Megan Irwin and Scott Disick had an encounter in May 2016.

Ella Ross

In May 2017, Scott Disick was spotted making out with model Ella Ross at a club. 

Bella Banos

Bella Banos and Scott Disick dated from January to April, 2017.

Lindsay Vrckovnik

Lindsay Vrckovnik is rumored to have hooked up with Scott Disick in Sep 2015.

Jessica Harris

In early 2017, Scott Disick was seen with model Jessica Harris during a Miami vacation.

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<![CDATA[Katie Cassidy Loves and Hookups]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/katie-cassidy-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups?source=rss

Who is Katie Cassidy dating? Many famous men have dated Katie Cassidy, and this list will give you more details about these lucky dudes. Including Katie Cassidy’s current boyfriend, past relationships, pictures together, and dating rumors, this comprehensive dating history tells you everything you need to know about Katie Cassidy’s love life. 

This list features Katie Cassidy’s ex-boyfriends along with additional information about them, such as when they were born and what they do professionally. These men come in all shapes and sizes, but what they all have in common is that they're all men that Katie Cassidy has either dated or hooked up with. It's not hard to get jealous of these men that Katie Cassidy has gone out with, so try your hardest to contain your envy.

Katie Cassidy is currently engaged to Matthew Rodgers. 

This list of Katie Cassidy’s boyfriends includes Dana Brunetti and Topher Grace.

Check out the list of men Katie Cassidy has dated, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

Katie Cassidy Loves and Hookups,

Jarret Stoll


Katie Cassidy and LA Kings hockey player Jarrett Stole started dating in January 2010. They met a sporting event and sat next to each other after the game, and clearly hit it off!

Jerry Ferrara

Jerry Ferrara and Katie Cassidy had an encounter in Aug 2012.

Jesse McCartney


Katie Cassidy and Jesse McCartney dated for over 2 years.

Topher Grace


Katie Cassidy and Topher Grace had a bunch of dinner dates in LA in 2009, but never officially dated.

Jason Garrison

Jason Garrison and Katie Cassidy dated from November, 2012 to 2014.

Dana Brunetti

Dana Brunetti and Katie Cassidy dated from December, 2014 to 2016.

Matthew Rodgers

In 2016, Matthew Rodgers and Katie Cassidy began dating. On June 5, 2017, the couple announced they got engaged.

Greg Raposo


Katie Cassidy and Dream Street boy band member Greg Raposo dated from 2002 to 2003.

Sasha Vujacic

Sasha Vujacic and Katie Cassidy dated from July to September, 2009.

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<![CDATA[Ariel Winter Loves and Hookups]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/ariel-winter-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups?source=rss

Who is Ariel Winter dating? Many famous men have dated Ariel Winter, and this list will give you more details about these lucky dudes. Including Ariel Winter’s current boyfriend, past relationships, pictures together, and dating rumors, this comprehensive dating history tells you everything you need to know about Ariel Winter’s love life. 

This list features Ariel Winter’s ex-boyfriends along with additional information about them, such as when they were born and what they do professionally. These men come in all shapes and sizes, but what they all have in common is that they're all men that Ariel Winter has either dated or hooked up with. It's not hard to get jealous of these men that Ariel Winter has gone out with, so try your hardest to contain your envy.

Ariel Winter is currently dating Levi Meaden.

This list of Ariel Winter’s boyfriends includes Laurent Gaudette and Cameron Palatas.

Check out the list of men Ariel Winter has dated, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

Ariel Winter Loves and Hookups,

Callan McAuliffe

Callan McAuliffe is rumored to have hooked up with Ariel Winter in Nov 2011.

Cameron Palatas

Cameron Palatas and Ariel Winter dated from 2012 to 2013.

Levi Meaden

In November 2016, Ariel Winter began dating actor Levi Meaden.

Laurent Gaudette

Laurent Gaudette and Ariel Winter dated from 2013 to June 30, 2016.

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<![CDATA[Which Dead Person Has Influenced Your Life?]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/which-dead-person-has-influenced-your-life-/martinaustin?source=rss

Which Dead Famous Person Influenced Your Life? To follow the list of "Living" Stars, this list now asks you the question, Which dead person has had, or continues to have the most Impact on your life in any way? Please add to the list and Re-rank. Thanks for looking.

Which Dead Person Has Influenced Your Life?,

Albert Einstein

Bob Hope

Cary Grant

Charles Dickens

Dean Martin

Diana, Princess of Wales

Jimmy Stewart

Joan Crawford

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Shirley Temple

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<![CDATA[Historical Kings That People Literally Believed Would Rise From The Dead]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/mythological-kings-waiting-to-return-from-the-dead/carly-silver?source=rss

When a king dies, does he really kick the bucket? It's hard to say for all of them, but at least some kings will return – their legends promise it. A bevy of long-lived legends feature mythical or real-life monarchs who, though they supposedly died, have messianic myths floating around their heads. The most famous of these is the wait for King Arthur's return – injured grievously in his final battle, he supposedly sleeps on the Isle of Avalon, only waking up when Britain is in a time of crisis.

These myths about kings who are currently sleeping and will wake up to save their people are truly inspired; these long-awaited royal slumberers are often called "kings in the mountain." Their number includes obvious figures like King Arthur and Merlin, as well as less well-known ones, like the medieval Irish-Norman lord Gerald FitzGerald, the Saxon King Harold, the naughty Emperor Nero, and several Eastern European rulers. 

Historical Kings That People Literally Believed Would Rise From The Dead,

Constantine XI Palaiologos

This Byzantine Emperor was the last Christian ruler to reign before his lands were conquered by the Ottomans in 1453. Most accounts have Constantine XI dying in battle, but some posit that he was instead swept up by angels. The heavenly hosts turned the Emperor from flesh into marble, then stuck him in a cave outside the Golden Gate (an important imperial monument in Byzantium). The story went that, once Christian sins were officially canceled out, the angels would wake Constantine up; then, he'd open the Golden Gate and reconquer Byzantium/Istanbul for the Christians. 

Frederick I, Holy Roman Emperor

Early medieval Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I (dubbed "Barbarossa" or "Red Beard") was German to the core and fought for rulers' rights over papal rights. But it was on a journey to join the Third Crusade that he achieved immortal fame. In 1190, Frederick drowned while trying to cross a Turkish river. But did he really meet his maker? 

According to legend, Frederick didn't die; rather, he is dozing inside Kyffhäuser Mountain, located in his native Germany. Ravens will fly around the peak until the day he wakes up to defend the German nation against a mortal enemy. Then, a dead tree will blossom again, and everything will be swell.

Gearóid Mór FitzGerald, 8th Earl of Kildare

Rumor had it that this 15th-century Irish earl was actually a black magician. So powerful he was dubbed the "uncrowned king of Ireland," Fitzgerald helped rule Ireland for almost 20 years. But he allegedly could shape-shift into animal form, and one day he did so and just disappeared from the human world forever. 

The Earl's ghost supposedly gallops back to his castle every seven years. Another tale says that Fitzgerald and his soldiers still survive underneath a hill near the Curragh. When Ireland needs them to defend it, then they'll come back to life to save it.

Harold Godwinson

The last Saxon king of England before the Normans took over, Harold Godwinson met his end at the hands of the aptly named William the Conqueror. The two men's forces met at the Battle of Hastings (in modern East Sussex) on October 14, 1066; Harold was slain, and William emerged the victor. 

But rumor had it that Harold didn't actually die there. Some have claimed he survived and moved to Iceland, remaining in hiding. Medieval chronicler Gerald of Wales alleged that Harold moved to Chester, where he became a hermit and lived underneath a church. There, he was a beacon for the "oppressed" Saxon people, and it is said he will return one day to throw the "Norman yoke" off of his people.

King Arthur

One of the most infamous parts of the King Arthur legend is its ending. Arthur was usually said to have met his end at the hands of his secret love child, Mordred (a product of incest between Arthur and one of his sisters). But Arthur didn't die – not exactly.

Before he could kick the bucket for good, he was carted off by three queens – including the Lady of the Lake and his sorceress sister, Morgan Le Fay – to the magical Isle of Avalon. There, he has supposedly waited for 1500 years, sleeping, licking his wounds, and healing up until England needs him again. At the time of greatest need, Arthur will rise to help his people, making him a "once and future king" in truth.


Nero might not have fiddled while Rome burned, and he might not have actually committed suicide in 68 CE, either. Rumors swirled after his death that he was still alive; in fact, three separate imposters pretended to be the Emperor before their revolts, particularly in the eastern part of the empire, but they were suppressed. Each was dubbed Nero redivivus, or "Nero resurrected."

Nero also featured in eschatological Judeo-Christian texts. When the world ends, the Antichrist will come in the guise of Nero. He'll pop up from Hell, since the Devil preserved him in order to send him out to mislead Christians in succeeding centuries.

Owain Lawgoch

One of the last independent Welsh lords before Wales fell once and for all to English control, Owain Lawgoch ("Red Hand") hailed from the formidable dynasty of Gwynedd. He was the final scion of the House of Aberffraw before dying in 1378, but Owain might not have actually met his demise.

There's "a cave within a cave" in Carmarthenshire, Wales, called Ogof Dinas. In the innermost cavern supposedly sleep the great warriors of Wales. On one occasion, a cattleherd chanced upon this hideaway; needing something to urge on his cows, he cut off a branch from a local tree. He herded them all the way to Smithfield, near London, where he met a man who asked to be shown the place where this magic stick was cut. After selling his cows, the shepherd took the mysterious guest all the way back to Ogof Dinas; the stranger dug a hole in the ground and kept digging all the way to the cave. 

The pair fell down the hole, where they saw a giant sleeping man. The stranger informed the cattleherd that this mysterious figure was Owain Lawgoch, whose sword had never been compromised in battle. The herder also stole a couple magic coins but was kicked out of the cave for doing so, and he could never go back.

Prince Marko

This medieval monarch is one of Serbia's national heroes for his bravery, good humor, and zeal in fighting the Turks. But did Marko really die in 1395 as reported? One rumor has it that he and his horse dove into the sea instead of passing away, where they still live together in an underwater cave. Marko goes on land every night to get oats for his steed. Another tale suggested that Marko survived in modern Herzegovina, where he waits for the South Slavs to need his help. 

Sebastian of Portugal

This 17th-century Portuguese monarch was the product of extreme inbreeding (quite common for European monarchs of the time), very religious, and exceedingly vain (his tutors told him what he wanted to hear, hinting he was a better orator than Cicero, for example). Sebastian was passionate about conquering any lands ruled by a Muslim monarch, so he went on crusade to Morocco. He died in battle in 1578, but rumors swirled that he really survived, and his Spanish relatives prevented him from resuming his kingship.

The messianic myth of Sebastian's supporters (called Sebastianists) started when the King was a kid; his dad's nine previous sons had died, and this Prince survived. After Sebastian's real death, many Portuguese folks believed he was coming back to oppose the Spanish forces who took over Portugal at one point.


King Arthur's number-one advisor/wizard, Merlin, is also a sleeper waiting to be awoken in a time of need. Merlin, dubbed by some a son of the Devil, wasn't only a magician, but he was also a creepy lover – he fell for his much younger student, Vivian (AKA Niniane). Depending on the version of the legend you read, Vivian is either madly in love with Merlin, too, or is a young lady Merlin lusted after.

To avenge/protect herself and to get revenge on the ill-begotten Merlin, Vivian used the magic her master taught her and imprisoned Merlin in an oak tree or a cave (depending on the story). She buried him alive in a tomb until she chose to let him out (which she never did). Regardless, his legend promises his eventual return from this imprisonment.

Thu, 25 May 2017 06:06:34 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/mythological-kings-waiting-to-return-from-the-dead/carly-silver
<![CDATA[12 Celebrities You Might Run Into While Flying Coach]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-who-fly-coach/harrison-tenpas?source=rss

Unless you own a private jet, airline travel pretty much sucks. For the famous celebrities who fly coach, it probably sucks even more. While everyone flying economy class already deals with bare-minimum legroom and microwave meals, movie stars who fly coach must also deal with the embarrassing attention of finding themselves in the middle of the exit row, no airline sushi to be found. The celebs who hate flying have it even worse, stuck in their discontent next to the proletariats. For reasons both explained and unexplained, some celebs don't sit first class, opting for the plebeian method instead.

Sometimes, coach proves to be a place where celebs behave poorly, but that's only if they possess a crap temperament and an even crappier Words with Friends record. In fact some celebs who don't sit in first class do so out of the kindness of their hearts. The famous people on airplanes seen below lowered themselves to the level of coach, either willingly or otherwise. Regardless, the press they get by flying in coach alone should be enough to bolster their brand to the point where hopefully they can avoid this in the future.

12 Celebrities You Might Run Into While Flying Coach,

Alec Baldwin

Notorious nice guy Alec Baldwin boasts a long, successful career, but he's not exactly living high on the hog. In 2011, the 30 Rock star sat coach on an American Airlines flight, just like a regular person. Unlike a regular person, however, he was kicked off the flight for refusing to stop playing "Words with Friends." To his credit, it was (is?) an addicting game. 

Amy Adams

Academy Award nominee Amy Adams has had a remarkable career. From Doubt to The Master to Arrival, the actress routinely turns in first-class performances. She also once turned in a first class ticket and gave it to a US soldier. In a truly noble gesture, the A-list star - who grew up on military bases - gave her seat up to an American serviceman on a 2014 flight from Detroit to Los Angeles.

Blake Lively

A testament to how much the CW pays it talent, Blake Lively showed up flying coach with her then-boyfriend Penn Badgely in 2009. The two just wrapped up their season on Gossip Girl and were flying to Thailand for what was probably a wonderful vacation after half-a-day in the air, in economy no less. Lively's career has done well enough since the aughts that she likely avoids 12-hour flights in economy class these days. XOXO, rich girl.

Brad Pitt

To be fair, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have been ridiculously wealthy for so long that they may have forgotten what the words "economy" and "class" mean when combined with one another. At least, that provides at least one working theory as to why the two flew coach on Air France in 2015. The since-divorced couple was traveling from the US to Paris, and did so among the common people. They also had their six children with them, which, at that point, a private jet might have been more cost effective.

Claire Danes

In her role as Carrie Mathison on Showtime's Homeland, Claire Danes plays a workaholic CIA agent willing to put herself through hell to stop terrorism. In real life, she puts herself through hell flying coach because it's the last seat available. Quoted after her 2011 SAG award win for her performance in Temple Grandin, Danes boasted, "I’m flying tonight on coach. I know, I know, I feel like I’m bragging now at this point. It’s the only seat available, and I have to go back to work tomorrow morning."

Who knew her so-called life as a movie star was just like everyone else's.

Glenn Close

Glenn Close, Hollywood icon and famous bunny boiler, definitely warrants the rarified air of first class on a premier airline. The Damages star, however, traveled on discount airline JetBlue in 2006 on a flight from Portland, Maine to New York. While JetBlue technically has a first class, Close opted to not bother, instead sitting in coach - in a middle seat, no less.

Jessica Alba

To become one of the most wealthy women in Hollywood, Jessica Alba flew coach. Just kidding, of course she made money through her career as a very successful actress and businesswoman, but at least once she saved money by forsaking first-class. In 2012, her and husband Cash Warren were spotted flying economy class from Los Angeles to New York. While the two parents courageously suffered, their children and nanny enjoyed the first class life.

Kanye West

Kanye West once famously tweeted he was $53 million in debt, so him flying coach isn't beyond the realm of imagination. It is a bit surprising his wife, Kim Kardashian West, would subject herself to it - on a transatlantic flight, no less. Yes, the most famous couple in Calabasas flew economy class on Air Armenia in 2015, and plenty of pictures exist out there showing just how out-of-place and uncomfortable they felt as plebeians. 

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge

One of the last people on Earth you expect to fly in coach, Prince William bravely declined a private jet, or even first class in 2014. The heir to Britain's throne, William was flying from Memphis to Dallas for a friend's wedding, and opted for economy class on American Airlines. The Prince, who's grandmother is the largest landowner on the planet, also decadently ordered a water during the flight. Royals, they're just like you.

Sean Combs

In 1997, Sean "P. Diddy" Combs famously penned "I'll Be Missing You," a heart-rending tribute to his fallen friend Notorious B.I.G. In 2008, he mourned another premature loss - his private jet. Combs, in a memorable YouTube vlog titled "Gas Prices Are Too High," lamented the grounding of his jet, which he estimated was costing $200,000 round-trip. What's more, he filmed his video confession while walking to his seat on American Airlines - in coach. 

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 07:04:14 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-who-fly-coach/harrison-tenpas
<![CDATA[Even History's Most Evil Dictators Had Pets]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/dictator-pets/anna-lindwasser?source=rss

Most of the facts that we hear about history's most notorious dictators involve their crimes against humanity and horrific political manipulations. These can be so extensive that it's almost shocking when you learn that many of these dictators actually loved animals - at least their animals. After all, how can a monster like Adolph Hitler, who devised the Holocaust, have so much love in his blackened heart for his pet German Shepherd, Blondi? And Hitler isn't the only dictator who loved his pets. Some dictators had the types of pets one might expect them to have - like cats and dogs. However, some of the wilder dictator pets include hippos, ostriches, and even man-eating crocodiles.

Even History's Most Evil Dictators Had Pets,

Adolf Hitler

Adolf Hitler is one of the most infamous mass murderers in history, having spearheaded the Holocaust - a series of ethnic cleansings that resulted in between 6 and 11 million deaths in the 1940s. Overall, he was an absolute monster. And with that, he tried very hard to improve his image with propaganda depicting his love of animals, particularly dogs. One of his favorite dogs was a German Shepard named Blondi - a species that was highly prized in Germany at the time. Hitler took her everywhere he went, and reportedly even allowed her to sleep with him. Despite his love for Blondi, Hitler killed her when she was only four years old.

To avoid being captured by enemy forces, Hitler decided to commit suicide. However, he didn't trust Heinrich Himmler (the man whose organization gave him the cyanide pills he planned to use), and thought that the pills might actually just be sedatives. To test this theory, Hitler fed one to Blondi - she died and he was devastated. Soon after, he had all of her puppies and all of the other dogs in his hideout, the Führerbunker, killed before he and his wife Eva Braun committed suicide.

Benito Mussolini

Benito Mussolini is known to be one of the founders of Italian Fascism. Yet, while he was busy ruling Italy with an iron fist, he still somehow found time for hobbies like lion taming. In fact, he even had his own pet lion named Ras. Not much is known about Ras, only that he was given to Mussolini by Italy's undersecretary of the state at the Ministry of the Interior, Aldo Finci. We also know that Mussolini liked to take the lion with him on drives through city streets.


Caligula, the Roman dictator who reigned from CE 37-41, is notorious for having been one of the vilest tyrants in history. His crimes ranged from raping his sisters and forcing his sisters into prostitution to randomly murdering civilians for his own amusement. He wanted the Roman populace to worship him like a god, so it wasn't surprising that he treated his favorite horse, Incitatus, like a deity. 

Incitatus lived in a stable made out of marble and ivory, and his blankets were all purple - a color associated with royalty and that was difficult to come by due to the rarity of the dye. He also wore a collar studded with precious stones. This fancy horse was so beloved by Caligula that he apparently planned to make him a consul, the highest political position possible in the Roman Empire. Some believe that this particular decision was due to Caligula's alleged mental health issues, while others think that it was an attempt to mock the senate by saying their job was so easy, a horse could do it.

Fidel Castro

Viewed by some as a revolutionary hero and by others as a ruthless dictator, Fidel Castro remains a complex and polarizing figure. While most people know at least a little bit about his political exploits, most people don't know about his attempt at breeding super cows to solve Cuba's milk shortage. The shortage was of particular concern to Castro, who loved dairy products so much that he drank milkshakes daily and was known to eat up to 26 scoops of ice cream at a clip. His love for milk was so well-known that a political enemy even tried to poison one of his milkshakes.

Because of his personal need for dairy products, Castro commissioned a group of scientists to breed a super cow that could produce exceptional amounts of milk. While nearly all of their attempts failed, there was one success in the form of a cow named Ubre Blanca, or White Udder. Ubre Blanca was a cross between a Holstein and a Cebu cow, and she was able to produce four times as much milk as a regular cow. Because of her prodigious output, Castro spoiled her rotten. She lived in a luxury, air-conditioned stable, where she listened to soothing music and received round-the-clock care. Despite his usual paranoia, Castro couldn't resist showing her off to journalists and visiting dignitaries. When she died, he commissioned a portrait to be painted of her, which was hung in the National Library.

Idi Amin

Not every dictator kept pets because they wanted to lavish them with affection. Some, like Idi Amin, kept pets solely for the purpose of benefiting their regime. Amin, a Ugandan despot who killed and tortured between 80,000 and 500,000 people in the 1970s for the purposes of everything from ethnic cleansing to personal vengeance, had a collection of pet crocodiles that he fed the corpses of the people he killed to.

Joseph Stalin

There are many different stories that link fascist Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin to dogs. First, the Black Russian Terrier is known colloquially as "Stalin's Dog" because the dog was purposefully bred into existence during Stalin's reign. He is even rumored to have had a personal stake in their development, intending for them to be protective watch dogs.

Stalin also ordered that dogs be fitted with explosive vests and deployed to blow up Nazi tanks. Originally, the idea was to train the dogs to set off the bombs and then escape to a safe place. This wasn't possible, as the dogs tended to panic in the heat of battle. As a result, Stalin moved toward the concept of "disposable dogs," which is exactly what it sounds like: the bombs went off automatically, killing the dog immediately.

Kim Jong-il

Kim Jong-il, the dictator of North Korea from 1994 until his death in 2011, is well-known for having lived a lavish lifestyle, which offended many people given the fact that many North Koreans were so poor under his regime that they had to find their meals in trash cans. For instance, his pet dogs were given twenty kilograms of fresh beef every day, while the dog handlers were sent to labor camps when they were caught stealing even small amounts of beef for themselves.

Later, Kim Jon-il's son, Kim Jong-un, made a series of confusing proclamations involving dogs. First, he referred to dog meat as a superfood in an attempt to boost its consumption; then, shortly after, he opened up a dog zoo pavilion in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang. While the zoo does contain lots of wild species such as elephants and hippos, the dogs - particularly Western breeds like St Bernard’s, schnauzers, and German shepherds - are the star attractions.

Muammar al-Gaddafi

Muammar al-Gaddafi seized control over the Libyan government in 1969 and ruled as an authoritarian dictator until he was finally overthrown in 2011. During his reign, he decided to create a personal animal farm, containing over 500 ostriches, rare-breed camels, hybrid cattle, and many different breeds of sheep and goats. Then, when al-Gaddafi was overthrown, he left all of these animals behind to fend for themselves, many of them dying from starvation or heat exhaustion. Ironically, some of the people who stepped in to try to care for al-Gaddafi's animals were actually his political enemies. Other helpers included Belgasem Al Sosi, a veterinarian, and Mohamad Al Majdoub, a man with a doctorate in international relations who felt that caring for these animals would help pave the way to a freer Libya.

Pablo Escobar

Pablo Escobar, the former Colombian drug baron who was responsible for the deaths of over 4,000 people, also caused Colombia to be totally overrun with hippos. How did this happen? Well, one of the ways that Escobar chose to spend his fortune was by building a large zoo containing giraffes, elephants, and hippos - all of which were smuggled into Colombia from Africa. After Escobar's estate, Hacienda Nápoles, was commandeered in the 1990s, most of the animals were sent to various zoos - however, finding homes for the hippos proved to be impossible. So, for the past two decades, they have been living in Colombia's waters, wandering around the local towns, and having lots and lots of hippo babies.

While there have been no fatalities associated with Escobar's hippos or their descendants, hippos are notoriously dangerous animals and many of the locals don't feel safe around them. Some of the babies have since been transported to zoos, but no one wants to take in the adults. They also can't be returned to their natural environment in Africa, as they might be carrying new diseases. Some Colombian officials have suggested sterilizing the adults to prevent population growth, while others have suggested killing them and using their meat for food.

Vladimir Lenin

Vladimir Lenin was a controversial political figure who was viewed by some as being a totalitarian dictator, while others remember him as a champion of socialism - and he just so happened to have a pet cat. No one knows what the cat's name was, though many have wondered. It's been theorized, though, that Lenin never actually named his cat, because naming it would imply ownership - which was a capitalist concept. Others say that is an overblown, satirized view of Lenin's beliefs, and that the cat most likely had a name.

Thu, 18 May 2017 07:07:23 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/dictator-pets/anna-lindwasser
<![CDATA[Famous People Who Hate Their Biopics]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-people-who-hated-their-biopics/zack-howe?source=rss

It must really suck when you spend years crafting a book just to have it adapted into big-screen garbage. So it follows it must suck HARD to live a full life and have the film depicting your life turn out to be crap. Well, it happens. There is no shortage of famous people who hated their biopics – some justifiably so. Some, not so much.

In many cases, it’s hard to blame people for not liking the way their lives were portrayed, especially in inaccurate biopics that changed up the story so it would translate better to screen. “No, yeah, that’s cool. Just let a chunky guy play me even though I’m not fat. Totally not a d*ck move.”

Then, of course, there are controversial historical figures who don’t like the way they were portrayed because they looked like too much of a bad guy *cough* Ike Turner *cough*. It’s hard to feel bad for those assho... people.

Whatever the reasons, biopics often fail to assuage their subjects. Let’s take a look at some people who hated movies about themselves and revel vindictively in their discontent.

Famous People Who Hate Their Biopics,

Art Howe

Art Howe was the manager of the Oakland Athletics, portrayed inaccurately by Philip Seymour Hoffman in Moneyball. According to Howe: "...the way he portrayed me was very disappointing and probably 180 degrees from what I really am... I’ve spent my whole career trying to build a good reputation and be a good baseball man and someone who people like to play for and all of the above." 

Clearly, Howe felt wronged, and reasonably so. He went on to point out that the film would be most people's only knowledge of him, which does kinda suck. Also, he thought Hoffman was too fat. Which is kinda mean, because Hoffman was a genius. Who would you rather have playing you, him or some athletic no-talent? 

Art Howe is probably in the right on this one, as Howes are generally upstanding and trustworthy individuals, not to mention handsome and brilliant, if not a touch egomaniacal. 

David Letterman

David Letterman was reportedly enraged by the portrayal of him in HBO's The Late Shift, but in his most famous critique of the film, he sounds more nonplussed: "The guy who’s playing me – and I’m sure he’s a fine actor – but his interpretation seems to be that I’m, well, a circus chimp. He looks like he’s insane, like he’s a budding psychopath."

John Michael Higgins, who played Letterman, claimed the role was hard to cast, because no actor wanted to risk invoking the ire of someone as powerful as the late night host. Higgins only took the role because he needed work and money. 

"They had a hard time casting it... he was very powerful -- and is. He didn't like the project from the beginning and didn't make it easy for me -- or for anyone doing that project. It was [pauses] it was hard. I took it because I needed to fix the steering column on my Subaru is why I took it. I needed $300 or I wouldn't have a steering wheel. So, I ended up making more than $300 but in the end it's one of those jobs you just can't... I could not turn it down. I may be able to turn it down now, but I couldn't at the time. It would just be completely crazy and irresponsible."

Ike Turner

What's Love Got to do With it? is the story of Ike and Tina Turner's infamous marriage. In the film, Ike is portrayed as an abusive, drug-addicted monster who slaps, punches, and even rapes his wife. He went so far as to hold a press conference to address the movie, and Tina's book about their relationship, I, Tina.

As excerpt from the press conference

"Question: What do you think of Tina's movie?

Answer: I'm real angry about it. I didn't go see it and I didn't read her book either, but from what I hear they're both full of lies...

Q: In the movie you are depicted as a physically and mentally abusive tyrant. Do you think of yourself as a violent guy?

A: No. The only time I ever punched Tina with my fist was the last fight we had. I hit her after she kneed me in the chest. Prior to that, our fights, or our little slaps, or whatever they were, were all just about attitude. Me and Tina never fought about other women or about her not keeping house or her not taking care of the kids. It was always because she was looking sad and wouldn't tell me what was wrong with her...

Q: Do you have any regrets?

A: If I had to do it all over again, I wouldn't do anything any different. Except maybe for all the girlfriends. But let me tell you something, I've done nothing I'm ashamed of. She says I broke her jaw. But it's not true. You can take an X-ray of it. Her jaw was never wired. I never broke it."

Lil' Kim

Lil' Kim not only thought Notorious got the facts wrong, saying, "most of the story is bullsh*t,” she was also none-too-pleased with Naturi Naughton's portrayal of her. After seeing audition tapes of various actresses who tried out for the role, Kim said Naughton was the worst possible choice. Nice work, guys. Sounds like you nailed it.

Kim also spoke at length on problems she had with the film's portrayal of her relationship with and importance to Biggie. 

“The film studio and producers involved were more concerned about painting me as a ‘character’ to create a more interesting story line instead of a person with talent, self-respect and who was able to achieve her own career success through hard work.  Even though my relationship with Big was at times very difficult and complicated... it was also genuine and built on great admiration and love for each other. Regardless of the many lies in the movie and false portrayal of me to help carry a story line through, I will still continue to carry his legacy through my hard work and music.”

Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg isn't overly concerned with The Social Network, but he pointed out that the most accurate element in the film was his wardrobe, joking that director David Fincher got it right down to the exact t-shirt and flip-flops. However, he also noted the film makes his motivation for creating Facebook look less-than substantive, telling 60 Minutes in 2015, "[They] made it seem like my whole motivation for building Facebook was so I could get girls, right? And they completely left out the fact that my girlfriend, I've been dating since before I started Facebook."

His girlfriend probably wasn't too jazzed about the movie either.

MC Ren

So MC Ren didn't actually hate NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton, but he was not jazzed about how small a role he played in the film; or, more accurately, the role the actor playing him in the film played.

Despite his limited role in the film, MC Ren was a major contributor to NWA. For instance, on the album Straight Outta Compton, Ren wrote four songs and co-wrote three others, second only to Ice Cube in his contributions. Eazy-E didn't write any. Yet Ren's role in the film was extremely minor, probably because he wasn't involved in the filmmaking process, as Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, and Eazy-E's family were.

Michael Oher

Professional football player Michael Oher appreciated The Blind Side for the inspiration it offered people, but took umbrage with how he was portrayed. "Sports is all I had growing up, and the movie made me look like I didn't know anything."

It would be pretty annoying to be portrayed as a clueless kid whose head was only extricated from his ass thanks to the intervention of Sandy B. Thanks, white people!

Oher also believes the movie had a negative affect on his career. Speaking with ESPN, he said:

"I'm not trying to prove anything. "People look at me, and they take things away from me because of a movie. They don't really see the skills and the kind of player I am. That's why I get downgraded so much, because of something off the field.

This stuff, calling me a bust, people saying if I can play or not ... that has nothing to do with football. It's something else off the field. That's why I don't like that movie.''

Nina Simone

Nina Simone's family felt the appearance of whomever was to play Nina in a biopic was of paramount importance, because the singer's appearance was fundamental to the struggles she faced. So they weren't exactly pleased when Zoe Saldana was cast to play Nina. As Lisa Simone, Nina's daughter, said, "My mother was raised at a time when she was told her nose was too wide, her skin was too dark. Appearance-wise, this is not the best choice." 

In the minds Nina's family, Saldana, who is of Puerto Rican and Dominican ancestry, is not dark enough, her nose not wide enough, to accurately portray Nina. To make matters worse, Saldana wore a prosthetic nose and makeup to darken her skin. 

Lisa later defended Saldana, however, when discussing the true deficiencies of the film and the larger social and historical context of the project and her mother's life. 

"It's unfortunate that Zoe Saldana is being attacked so viciously when she is someone who is part of a larger picture. It's clear she brought her best to this project, but unfortunately she's being attacked when she's not responsible for any of the writing or the lies."

Lisa went on to point out that the film revolves around a purported relationship between her mother and Clifton Henderson, Nina's manager, which never happened because Henderson was gay. 

Julian Assange

Russi... Australian "whistleblower" Julian Assange was opposed to The Fifth Estate before the first scene was filmed. He wrote star Benedict Cumberbatch a long, sanctimonious, narcissistic letter to try to dissuade the actor form taking the role. Among other things, he called the project "a work of political opportunism, influence, revenge and, above all, cowardice."

The letter went on to say: 

"[Cumberbatch] will be used, as a hired gun, to assume the appearance of the truth in order to assassinate it. To present me as someone morally compromised and to place me in a falsified history. To create a work, not of fiction, but of debased truth. It seeks to cut our strength with weakness. To cut affection with exploitation. To cut diligence with paranoia … And above all, to cut the truth with lies."

In 2013, when The Fifth Estate was released, Assange had a leg to stand on. Now, as a potential stooge of an authoritarian government, his words are more hollow than his hair stylist's assurances that his doo looks nice.

Marc Schiller

Michael Bay sucks, hard. He invariably pisses people off with every bombastic turd of a film he puts out. But the biggest grievance against his cacophonous cinematic excretions comes from the real-life kidnapping victim portrayed in Pain & Gain. Marc Schiller was a victim of the Sun Gym Gang, a group of bodybuilders in Florida who kidnapped, tortured, and murdered people. This dark event in Schiller's life was spruced up by some quintessential, frenetic Michael Bay "humor" in an attempt to satirize the American dream. If you haven't see Pain & Gain, it's one of the worst attempts at satire ever made. 

Schiller didn't find Bay's appropriation of his harrowing history particularly comical. The real kidnappers ran him over with a car in which they had tried to "blow [him] up," ultimately putting him in a coma. In the film, Victor Kershaw (Tony Shaloub), the Schiller character, undergoes a similar treatment, but it's played for laughs. Speaking to the Huffington Post, Schiller said, "You also gotta remember that not only I went through this, but certain people were killed, so making these guys look like nice guys is atrocious.”

Tue, 09 May 2017 07:12:42 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-people-who-hated-their-biopics/zack-howe
<![CDATA[Taylor Swift And Ivanka Trump Share A Lot More In Common Than You Think]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/why-ivanka-trump-is-the-taylor-swift-of-politics/rebecca-shortall?source=rss

On a surface level, it would be apt to draw comparisons between Ivanka Trump and Taylor Swift. They're both tall, thin, white, and blonde. They've both lived in New York and they're both in the public eye. But the comparisons run far deeper than just the aesthetics. In fact, the more you look into it, the more you'll realize these two are practically twinning.

Seriously - Ivanka Trump is the Taylor Swift of politics. And this comparison is a two-way street because Taylor Swift is, arguably, the Ivanka Trump of pop music. Both have used faux feminism as a means of pushing their brands on the general public, all while refusing to condemn the decidedly anti-feminist actions of one man in particular. Here's a hint: this guy is one of their dads. Both have similar backgrounds and both are connected by one individual in particular. Curious? Read on to find out why Taylor Swift is to music what Ivanka Trump is to politics. 

Taylor Swift And Ivanka Trump Share A Lot More In Common Than You Think,

They've Both Been The Subject Of SNL Sketches

Unless you've been living under a rock, or far away from any social media feeds, you'll know that Saturday Night Live has become the gold standard for mocking the Trump administration with cutting sketches that have inspired tweetstorms from the President himself. Ivanka was not exempt from the comedic ribbing of the SNL writers and in one episode, they debuted an instantly shareable sketch titled "Complicit."

The twinning continues – Swift has also been the target of a sketch. She hosted back in 2009 but wasn’t the subject of a sketch until 2014, when "Swiftamine" debuted. Admittedly, "Complicit" is a far more damning sketch than "Swiftamine," but the fact remains, Swift and Trump are practically twins.

They Both Have Clothing Lines Manufactured In China

Much has been made about Ivanka's Chinese-made, Nordstrom-dropped clothing line. It's been the subject of several twitter hashtags such as #BoycottTrump and #GrabYourWallet and it's come under even more scrutiny thanks to the recent revelation that her clothing is made in a Chinese factory were workers earn $1 an hour. Way to bring jobs back to America, Vanks!

Well, she's not the only thin, blonde, white woman with a clothing line. Taylor Swift also has a clothing brand. But that's not where the similarities end. Swift's fashion line is also China-based and had a showing in Hong Kong in 2016

They Both Refuse To Condemn Donald Trump

So, in Ivanka's case, this is kind of understandable. Donald is her father, after all, which means Ivanka refuses to condemn his deeply hateful actions even while being booed at a women's conference in Germany. But, in Taylor's case, her conspicuous silence during the election cycle aroused a lot of suspicion from the media and the public alike, not only because it ran in opposition to the faux-feminist, girl squad image she had cultivated, but also because members of said girl squad were very vocal in their pro-Hillary stance.

Lena Dunham, one of Swift's girl squad members that appeared in the "Bad Blood" video, was fervently supportive of Clinton in 2016. Other squad members like Blake Lively, who attended the Women's March on January 21st, 2017, and Gigi Hadid, who joined the march against Trump's Muslim Ban, have also voiced thier protestations, but Swift was nowhere to be seen. She was off somewhere mysterious, making diplomatic statements, unable to produce a divisive opinion.

They Both Use Fake Feminism For Their Own Gain

Swift shed the snakeskin of her "Better Than Revenge" slut-shame anthem singing persona from her early Speak Now album and transitioned towards a pop-friendly, girl power platitude-spouting, fashion-forward identity for her Red and 1989 eras. During this time, she had a "feminist awakening" while still releasing songs like the b*tchy clap-back bop "Bad Blood." But the empowering wokeness she claimed to have felt was an empty one devoid of any potentially partisan statements that would say something, anything about women's rights. Instead, Swift remained largely silent during the 2016 election cycle, deigning only to Instagram a picture that did not reveal who she voted for. Very mysterious!   

In addition to the milquetoast 'gram, Swift did not turn up at the Women's March and only commented on it with a bland tweet after the fact. The tweet read, "So much love, pride, and respect for those who marched. I'm proud to be a woman today, and every day. #WomensMarch." Taylor Swift had mastered the art of saying/tweeting/gramming/posting empty platitudes that can make it seem as if she's saying something of weight, but in actual fact is just an empty, self-serving statement that gives off an aesthetic of wokeness (the absolute bare minimum level of wokeness but sure) while being vague and bland enough that she doesn’t alienate any of her fanbase that might suddenly try and start a #BoycottTaylor movement. She was getting away with it. And she would have got away with it too, if it weren't for all those meddlesome think pieces!

Ivanka Trump has a similar reputation for using self-serving white feminism as a way to try and appeal to liberals, hoping they ignore her connections to her father and his right-wing policies, and buy into her lifestyle brand. Ivanka is a mess of contradictions, the most egregious being that she claims to be a feminist while defending her father's actions, even declaring he champions women when he appears to do anything but. She has tried to use the guise of faux-feminism to push her now-infamous book Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules of Success, all the while ignoring the fact that her idea of being a working woman stands in stark contrast to the reality faced by the vast majority of working women. The pair can't even reach the heights of peak white feminism, so embroiled in contradictions and complicity are they.

The Kloss/Kushner Konnection

Ivanka is married to one of Russia's favourite real estate moguls, Jared Kushner, but Swift also shares a connection to the Kushner family via her number one girl squad member and bestie, Victoria's Secret Angel and coding enthusiast Karlie Kloss. Kloss is engaged to Jared Kushner's brother Josh Kushner but, interestingly enough, the couple have been more outspoken about their political allegiances than Swift. Josh Kushner told Esquire that he would not be voting for Trump despite his brother being married to Ivanka Trump and Kloss tweeted her support for Hillary Clinton. So it doesn’t seem as if the Kloss Konnection was keeping Swift silent.  

They Both Come From Money

We all know that Ivanka Trump grew up in a monstrous golden monument to her father's fragile ego. Trump Tower is a gaudy, sky-scraping erection of wealth and privilege.You could say she grew up with a silver spoon in her mouth but, let's be real - nothing in that house is silver. It's gold or go home. Silver is synonymous with second place and in the mind of the Trump family that just translates as being the precious metal of losers.

But did you know that Taylor Swift grew up in a similarly luxurious lap? This may come as a surprise as, especially in the early eras of her career, she presented herself as an "aw-shucks me and my teardrop-stained guitar ain't nothin' but a regular country gal who grew up on a farm," but that's not exactly true. Her parents aren't farm hands. Swift's mother worked in finance while her father comes from three generations of bank presidents and is a stockbroker for Merrill Lynch. Country bumpkin she ain't! 

Fri, 26 May 2017 10:37:09 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/why-ivanka-trump-is-the-taylor-swift-of-politics/rebecca-shortall
<![CDATA[Celebrity Ghosts As Famous In Death As They Were In Life]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-celebrity-ghosts/rebecca-shortall?source=rss

Celebrity ghosts! They're just like regular ghosts, and they love a good haunting. Apparently some of these famous folks still haunt this mortal coil, appearing in mirrors and messing around with household objects - all the usual ghostly stuff. Maybe they have unfinished business, or maybe they just like their fans too much to move on. Whatever the reason, if you hold a séance in the right place at the right time you may just get your chance encounter with one of the ghostly elite.

Many people claim to have felt the presence of a famous phantom. Maybe they're liars. What would a famous ghost want with a regular ol' non-famous person anyhow? But the places famous ghosts regularly appear vary from hotels they (ahem) haunted during their living moments to their old houses. Some of these ghostly celebrities include those who were at the height of fame in the old Hollywood era to those who perished more recently. Whoever you want to meet, break out your Ouija board, take a look at this list, and plan a witching hour run-in with your favorite famous phantom.

Celebrity Ghosts As Famous In Death As They Were In Life,

Amy Winehouse

Winehouse tragically died of alcohol poisoning in 2011 at the age of 27, becoming a member of the infamous 27 Club, but it seems she hasn't quite left this plane yet. Pete Doherty, a close friend of Winehouse's and the former member of The Libertines, was convinced that Winehouse was haunting his flat - so much so that he fled to Paris to get away from her ghostly presence.

Anna Nicole Smith

The former Playboy Playmate actually told FHM that she hooked up with a ghost in 2004, so maybe she found her former paranormal paramour once she became a ghost herself. Smith died in room 607 of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in 2007 and still haunts its halls, at least according to a guest named Stephanie Pont who claims to have seen Smith's spirit roaming around the hotel.

Elvis Presley

The King of Rock and Roll met his untimely end when he died of a heart attack on August 16, 1977. Presley was found in the bathroom of his home in Graceland, TN, and reportedly still haunts the property. But Elvis gets around; he's also been spotted by stagehands at the Las Vegas Hilton, wearing his famous white-sequined jumpsuit, as well as at the old RCA recording studios. Workers at the former music recording studio (which is now a TV studio) have reported instances where someone brings up Elvis in conversation and unexplained noises appear on the sound systems and the studio lights begin to flicker. Spooky stuff!

Harry Houdini

Renowned escape artist Harry Houdini could not escape death's clutches, and now he is apparently shackled to this mortal coil. He died from a ruptured appendix on October 31, 1926. - what a day to go out!

Houdini's ghost is said to haunt the premise of Jacki Gaughan's Plaza Hotel in Las Vegas, NV where a Houdini tribute magic show is still hosted. Many of the hotel's staff members believe that a ghost haunts the dressing rooms and makes its presence known by moving items around. And they believe that this ghost is none other than Houdini himself and that he's hanging around to make sure their magic show tribute is up to his standards.

Jean Harlow

The phrase "blonde bombshell" was coined to describe Jean Harlow - this girl originated one of the hottest descriptors in the business! But another bombshell broke when she died of kidney failure on June 7, 1937. However, it appears that Harlow has some unfinished business to attend to, as she was reportedly beaten viciously by her then-husband, Paul Bern, an MGM studio executive. Bern later killed himself in their home, but Harlow has stuck around. A family who lived in her home in the '70s described hearing racking sobs, smelling mysterious perfume, and hearing a woman's voice whispering, "Please help me."

Jim Morrison

Another member of the 27 Club and former lead singer of The Doors, died in a bathtub in Paris on July 3, 1971, from what is widely believed to have been a drug overdose. But his ghost traveled all the way from Paris to Los Angeles where he's been seen in the bathroom of Mexico Restaurant Y Barra, which was built where The Doors's preferred recording studio once was. His ghost was also apparently photographed near his grave in Paris, France in 1997.

Joan Crawford

Joan Crawford's daughter has claimed that she and her mother lived in a house that was already haunted. So, when Crawford died of a heart attack on May 10, 1977, it seems as though she joined the ghost party that was already raging. Apparently Joan and the other ghosts spend their time starting fires and trying to burn the house down. An exorcist was even hired to clear the home of malevolent spirits, and she referred to Crawford's home as a "place of conspicuous negativity," calling it an "Astral Central."

John Lennon

Lennon's been spotted by a lot of famous folks including Paul McCartney, who had been recording one of Lennon's unfinished symphonies at the time, and Oasis member Liam Gallagher. Lennon was shot by Mark David Chapman on December 8, 1980, just outside of the Dakota, his New York residence. Apparently, this is the place that Lennon's ghost returns to the most.

Lucille Ball

Lucille Ball's ghost likes to party - you could even say she likes to have a ball! The I Love Lucy star died at age 77 from a ruptured aorta following open-heart surgery. But nothing keeps a good ghost down. The owners of Ball's house have complained of party sounds coming from the attic, such as voices that sound as if they're talking over loud music. Sounds as if Lucy has some ghost buddies over that she's having a blast with up there. They've also mentioned supernatural happenings like furniture moving about of its own accord and household items disappearing and reappearing in different places.

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe was found dead due to a barbiturate overdose on August 5, 1962, at her Los Angeles home. Rumor has it that she still haunts the Brentwood home where her body was found, but she also supposedly makes the occasional ghostly appearance at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in her favorite Cabana Room Suite. Monroe is said to haunt the full-length mirror in the hotel's lobby and has been seen dancing in the hotel's ballroom.

Fri, 26 May 2017 10:28:27 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-celebrity-ghosts/rebecca-shortall
<![CDATA[The Greatest Black Female Models]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-black-female-models/celebrity-lists?source=rss

They're beautiful. They're magnetic. And they rule the fashion world. The most talented black female models come in many forms. Some beautiful black models are queens of the runway, while others are best known for their striking editorial photos. Many of these famous black models broke down industry barriers throughout their careers.

Who will you find on this list of the best black female models? Tyra Banks was a Victoria's Secret Angel, and has also helped countless young people enter the fashion industry with America's Next Top Model. Naomi Campbell is another one of the most successful female black models of all time. In 1974, Beverly Johnson became the first African-American woman to appear on the cover of Vogue. Other top fashion stars featured on this list of black women models include Selita Ebanks, Jessica White, and Iman.

Who do you think is the greatest black female model? Give your personal picks a thumbs up to move them to the number-one spot, and please add any models who are missing.

The Greatest Black Female Models,

Chanel Iman

Jessica White

Naomi Campbell

Noémie Lenoir

Oluchi Onweagba

Selita Ebanks

Toccara Jones

Tyra Banks

Lana Ogilvie

Joan Smalls

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 08:36:44 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-black-female-models/celebrity-lists
<![CDATA[Greatest Poker Players of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/greatest-poker-players-of-all-time/dana-watts?source=rss

Be it be Hold 'Em, Omaha, or Stud, cash or tournment this list covers who is the greatest poker players ever.

Greatest Poker Players of All Time,

Chip Reese

Daniel Negreanu

Doyle Brunson

Johnny Chan

Johnny Moss

Patrik Antonius

Phil Hellmuth

Phil Ivey

Stu Ungar

Doug Polk

Mon, 22 May 2017 08:05:34 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/greatest-poker-players-of-all-time/dana-watts
<![CDATA[The Best Guests On The Graham Norton Show]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/the-best-guests-on-the-graham-norton-show/martinaustin?source=rss

The Graham Norton Show is one of the biggest and longest running UK chat shows, so if you are a fan ,who has been The Best Guest on The Graham Norton Show? Either the funniest or most interesting? A Worst Gues List will follow. Please add any guests I have missed. And please Re-rank. A worst guest list will follow. Thanks for looking

The Best Guests On The Graham Norton Show,

Chris Pratt

Gillian Anderson

Hugh Bonneville

Judi Dench

Julianne Moore

Maggie Smith

Mark Ruffalo

Patrick Stewart

Tom Hanks

Hugh Jackman

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 09:31:20 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/the-best-guests-on-the-graham-norton-show/martinaustin
<![CDATA[13 Actors Who Revealed Major Spoilers Before Their Movies Were Even Released]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/actors-who-revealed-major-spoilers/nathan-gibson?source=rss

While blockbuster movies and record-shattering television shows provide endless entertainment, they come with a terrible menace every viewer does their best to avoid: the dreaded spoiler. In the age of binge watching, immediate analysis, endless hot takes, and comments sections, it has become almost impossible to avoid spoilers. Every discussion board or conversation with a friend is a potential minefield in which you could have a shocking twist ruined for you.

Even if you take utmost care to avoid Facebook, friends, and reviews until you've seen a movie or caught up with a show, you might not be able to avoid spoilers revealed by actors. Plot points ruined by stars aren't done so in an intentionally malicious way. Instead, actors make honest mistakes, blunders that were meant as innocent remarks. But that doesn't stop them from being devastating to any fans who happen to catch them. After all, it's difficult enough to avoid having the end of your favorite show revealed by friends without having to also watch out for the stars themselves. Hopefully, other celebrities will learn from these actors who accidentally revealed spoilers.

13 Actors Who Revealed Major Spoilers Before Their Movies Were Even Released,

David Prowse

Arguably the biggest secret in the history of cinema was Darth Vader being Luke Skywalker’s father. The reveal took fans completely by surprise when The Empire Strikes Back released. Yet David Prowse, who physically portrayed Darth Vader (James Earl Jones provided his voice), spoiled the big surprise (maybe accidentally?) two years before the film even arrived in cinemas.

Speaking to fans at an event in Berkeley, California, the actor discussed the upcoming movie and how Luke would find out Vader was his "long lost father." The information was reported in a local newspaper in 1978, and didn't receive any additional press. What's more, as iO9 points out, Prowse may not have even known this information to be true, and was perhaps just being silly to appease the crowd; the script for Empire included nothing about Luke's parentage - these lines were allegedly added only for James Earl Jones when he recorded Darth Vader's lines. Which may not really make sense, because Luke has a strong reaction to this information. Unless maybe Mark Hamill's close ups were filmed much later? 

Donnie Yen

Hong Kong actor Jiang Wen accidentally told everyone at a press conference Donnie Yen's character in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story dies in the movie. Little was known about the enigmatic Chirrut Imwe before the movie was released, other than that he appeared to have a connection with the Force. Speaking at a panel in disjointed English weeks before the premiere, Wen, also a successful director, revealed to fans that Imwe would die at some point. The spoiler was seemingly confirmed when fellow Star Wars actor Gwendoline Christie cut short the session to stop Wen from going on. 

Ian McShane

Veteran television and movie star Ian McShane might as well have put out an official announcement to reveal the Hound was returning to Game of Thrones. During an interview on BBC’s Breakfast show, the actor said he would be helping to "bring back a much-loved character who everybody thinks is dead." Considering he had already stated he was playing a character from the novels people suspected knew the Hound, this quote all but confirmed the return of the popular antagonist.

Kevin Bacon

In 2013, Kevin Bacon retweeted a message he received revealing a spoiler from “The Curse,” an episode of The Following, the day after the episode aired, forgetting that most fans had yet to see it. The Tweet effectively revealed his character killed somebody during the episode. The bizarre moment ended with Bacon apologizing to fans of show for the spoiler. He went on to guarantee that such a thing would never happen again.

Quentin Tarantino

What made this spoiler unique was that it came about before The Hateful Eight had even been filmed. Writer-director Quentin Tarantino passed an early draft of the script to Tim Roth, Bruce Dern, and Michael Madsen, actors he trusted and had worked with before, only to have it leak. The betrayal led Tarantino to shelve the project, although he came back to it a few months later. It was never discovered who leaked the script, though Tarantino suspects it was either Madsen's or Dern's agent. 

Rachel McAdams

During an appearance on the Daily Show to promote The Time Traveler’s Wife, actress Rachel McAdams pretty much revealed the entire plot of the movie. Talking with Jon Stewart, she went into explicit detail about important details, and even revealed the major twist in the movie. When it became obvious she had ruined the entire film, she decided to steam on ahead and discuss the only bits of the story she had not already spoiled.

Will Smith

In a moment of craziness in 2007, Will Smith spoiled the end to his upcoming blockbuster I Am Legend. Perhaps believing most people would already know the ending of the story because it was based on a novel that had been adapted in two previous films, Smith outlined to reporters exactly how the conclusion of the movie played out. Problem was, the end of I Am Legend differs significantly from that in the book. The outburst led writer and producer Akiva Goldsman to interrupt the actor and ask him not to spoil the movie.

Daniel Newman

Daniel Newman, who plays a character called Daniel in AMC’s The Walking Dead, may have revealed a major spoiler for the eighth season of the show. The actor posted a picture on Instagram of him alongside Andrew Lincoln on set. Problem was, the photograph appeared to show character Rick Grimes in The Sanctuary, a location he has never visited before. While Newman deleted the post soon after it went up, fans speculate Rick would find his way to The Sanctuary, and as-of-yet unrevealed plot point. 

Elizabeth Debicki

Speaking to Gizmodo before the release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Elizabeth Debicki spoke about her character's relationship with the Guardians. In the interview, the Australian actress discussed how her character would eventually betray the protagonists after initially working with them. This breakdown hadn't been shown in trailers at the time of her interview, so it seems she let the cat out of the bag prematurely.

Tyler Nelson Gushed Confidential Information To Reporters From 'Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull'

Tyler Nelson was an extra on Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, but was wiped from the movie after he spilled the beans on various key plot points in a local Oklahoma newspaper interview in Fall 2007, nearly eight months before the film hit theaters. The actor told reporters a number of plot points from the film, prompting a lawsuit from Lucasfilm that claimed he broke a non-disclosure agreement.

Some choice bits of information revealed by Nelson, as quoted from AdWeek

"'Apparently, the Soviet Army was searching for a crucifix skull in the jungles of South America and Indiana Jones was searching, as well,' Tyler said.

The Russian Army tries blackmailing Indiana Jones to help them find the crystal skull by 'threatening to kill Karen, his old flame from the Lost Ark.'

'We took Indiana Jones hostage and managed to find the skull,' Tyler said...

'They were filming us outside of a tent dancing and then turned the camera inside the tent,' Tyler explained his scene. 'I saw Harrison Ford strapped in a chair being interrogated. I started to gather they were holding this big crystal-looking thing in the tent and heard someone mention a crucifix skull.'"

It probably wasn’t the wisest decision to annoy the likes of Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and Harrison Ford. It seems like Tyler has had very little work in the industry as result of his gaffe. To quote a piece in Salon, "Steven Spielberg's spokesman is ominously quoted as saying: 'Who knows whether that particular person will ever work in this town again?'"

Mon, 08 May 2017 10:19:33 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/actors-who-revealed-major-spoilers/nathan-gibson