For as long as there have been celebrities, people have engaged in gossip about them. For celebrities in Hollywood, this means that putting themselves on display in movies and on television can lead fans to develop an interest in what their private lives are like off screen. Tabloids and shows like Access Hollywood and TMZ have turned celebrity news into a profitable industry. But long before television and the internet, celebrities got caught up in scandal. Whether they became involved in crimes, dared to love someone other than their spouse, or exposed another star's deepest secrets, celebrities and scandals have often gone hand in hand throughout history.
Scandals have occurred in every decade, and while some are still talked about in the present, even those that are long forgotten made huge impacts when they took place. While life in the 1900s was very different from that in the 2000s, humanity's ability to go against the values set by society hasn't changed. Having an affair in 1910 could be just as damaging as it could be in 2020, and for those who lived their lives in the spotlight, the scrutiny could be even worse. When looking at some of the biggest celebrity scandals since the turn of the century, it's clear people haven't learned anything from the mistakes of others.