Sweet Stories About Beloved Nostalgic Figures That Made Us Love Them Even More

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Once in a while we'll hear stories about some of our favorite artists that make us like them even more. The stories prove that some artists are just as great off-screen or stage as they are on it. Whether it's helping out fellow actors or standing up for social causes, these nice celebrity stories prove that fame and money don't necessarily change a person's core.

The list below contains just a few accounts of some famous figures that are sure to make them more beloved than they already are. Let us know which of these heartwarming stories make your day a little brighter and make you stan a little harder.


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    Keanu Reeves Bought An Unwanted Ice Cream To Ensure A Young Fan Got His Autograph

    Many fans have stepped forward with their own Keanu Reeves encounters that prove his affability. In 2019, one such fan, James Dator, shared the following story on Twitter

    In honor of John Wick 3 I have a Keanu Reeves story. Keanu came to the movie theater I worked at in Sydney in 2001. He was working on the Matrix series at the time. It’s a quiet, Wednesday morning — almost nobody is seeing movies. I’m working the box office, bored as hell and suddenly this dude walks up in jeans, a leather jacket and a horse riding helmet. A full *ss, weird equestrian looking helmet. It takes me a solid 30 seconds to ignore the helmet and realize it’s Keanu Reeves. He wants to buy a ticket for From Hell, the Johnny Depp movie. I’m so f*cking star struck I do what any sensible 16-year-old does and tell him I’d like to give him my employee discount. This means he needs to sign my sheet and therefore I have his autograph. “I don’t work here,” Keanu says. Seemingly confused by my offer. I’m flustered and just charge him the normal price. Kicking myself after for not getting his autograph. 

    [Two] minutes later there’s a knock on the door behind me that leads into the box office. I assume it’s my manager. It’s Keanu. “I realized you probably wanted my autograph,” he says. “So I signed this.” He hands me a receipt from the concessions stand that he signed on the back. He then casually throws an ice cream cone in the trash can and sees his movie. I realize later that he bought an ice cream cone he didn’t want, just to get receipt paper so he could scribble his autograph for a 16-year-old idiot.

  • Robin Williams brought laughter to millions of people through his films. What many didn’t know was that he also spent time helping people smile outside of his entertainment work. Many medical professionals have stories of Williams coming into the hospital during the holidays, including Christmas day, to surprise sick children with gifts. Pediatrician Carrie Chen told USA Today, “The nurses always told us that he came in every Christmas Day. No one knew about it, he just came in.”

    Dr. Chen recalled Christmas in 1998, when they had a very premature baby in the hospital when Williams arrived to bring gifts. Chen recalled,

    He asked if he could come in and because the baby was stable, we said “yes”… [When he saw the baby], he completely teared up. He looked us each in the eye and thanked us for being there to take care of this child on Christmas Day…

    I think he just truly wanted to do good. He didn't care about the publicity. No one knew he was there, he just slipped in. He just wanted to come and give those children a Christmas present.

    Many people both famous and not have plenty of stories of Williams's generosity. He was known to lend a helping hand whenever he could, and he is still widely mourned after his passing in 2014.

  • André The Giant Wouldn’t Have Arnold Schwarzenegger Paying For Dinner
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    Back in the 1980s, while filming Conan the Destroyer, Arnold Schwarzenegger became acquainted with both Wilt Chamberlain, an NBA player who stood at 7’1”, and André René Roussimoff (AKA André the Giant), a French WWE pro wrestler and actor who stood at 7’4”. Aside from his illustrious career in wrestling, André became well known for his roles in films such as The Princess Bride. 

    The trio became good friends and often joked about Chamberlain and André being the only two people who could make Schwarzenegger seem dainty. However, it turns out André was not only big in size but also big on generosity. During an interview for the HBO documentary Andre the Giant, Schwarzenegger highlighted Andre’s magnanimous nature by sharing a story of what happened one night the trio went out to dinner:

    André was the most generous. Wilt Chamberlain was cheap, right? He was always penny-pinching—but André always wanted to pay for the dinner. So this one day, I said, “I’ll be right back…” and I snuck out to give the waiter my credit card. I said, “Don’t let André or anyone pay. No matter how much he complains. I’m going to pay…”

    I came back to the table and sat down and in the end, the waiter came and gave me the bill to sign. All of a sudden, [André’s booming voice] “NOOO… YOU MAKE ME VERRY ANGRY ARNOLD…”

    He picked me up—and then, of course, Wilt joined in, “Oh yeah, I wanted to pay…”, I said, “Oh, dat’s a good one…” They both carry me out of the restaurant—people are freaking out—and they sat me on the roof of my car out front. It was a very funny scene.

    André proved to be a figure who would be remembered for stories just like the one Schwarzenegger shared. Sadly he passed in 1993 at age 46 from congestive heart failure, likely due to his size.

  • It seems Betty White was always true to herself and unapologetic for everything she did and said. While her long career in entertainment has ensured people will know her for decades to come, it was her dedication to human rights that really made people take notice. She knew how to use her platform to draw attention to various social causes. 

    One example of this came in the 1950s when her show, The Betty White Show, hired Arthur Duncan, a Black dancer, to perform. White and the show received plenty of criticism for this decision, especially from TV stations in the south. As Duncan recalled:

    I was on the show, and they had some letters out of Mississippi and elsewhere that some of the stations would not carry the show if I was permitted to stay on there.

    White recalled the threats and criticisms as well, in addition to her own response:

    They were going to take our show off the air if we didn't get rid of Arthur, because he was Black. I said “I'm sorry, but, you know, he stays. Live with it.” 

    White proceeded to give Duncan as much screen time as possible. Given that segregation in the United States didn’t officially end until the passing of the Civil Rights Act in 1964, White's refusal to cave to racist demands at a time when overt racism was commonplace only serves to remind us of the force of nature she truly was. 

    Over the years, White worked to bring about equality in entertainment and championed the rights of various diverse communities. She was an advocate for the LGBTQ+ community, women, and people of color, and did it all with a fierceness that few possess.