Stories About Nostalgic Celebrities We've Heard So Far In 2022 That Gave Us All The Feels

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Even with the internet constantly circulating tales about our favorite actors, musicians, and celebrities, there's always something new to learn, and 2022 has been no different. We've heard stories about Betty White, Michael Clarke Duncan, Kurt Russell, Winona Ryder, and more that we had never heard before - and they've definitely made us feel some things.

Check out the stories we've learned so far this year and vote up the ones that move you the most.


  • When Michael Clarke Duncan passed in 2012, Bruce Willis shared in a statement:

    Michael Duncan was a great actor, a great human being, and he was my very dear friend. I will miss Big Mike in a big way.

    Duncan and Willis met while making Armageddon and, after some growing pains, became friends. According to Duncan, he'd heard that Willis was difficult to work with and didn't talk to him. Willis called him out on it and asked Duncan to talk to him. From there on out, they became “best friends ever since.”

    When Willis read The Green Mile, he immediately thought his friend would be perfect for the role. He told Duncan:

    To go buy this book, read it, and when we get back to Los Angeles I will call [director] Frank Darabont for you and tell him I have found John Coffey.

    He did reach out to Darabont on Duncan's behalf and assured Duncan he could tackle such a “heavy piece.” In the end, the actor got the part and called Willis “my angel.” 

    Willis and Duncan also worked together in Breakfast of Champions, The Whole Nine Yards, and Sin City.

    • Age: Dec. at 54 (1957-2012)
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
  • Betty White Went To See Steve Martin Perform Before He Was A Famous Comedian
    Photo: CBS Television / Wikimedia Commons / Public domain

    Steve Martin was a relatively unknown comedian when he met Betty White in 1974. He considered the fact that she'd actually heard of him a huge compliment. As Martin shared on Twitter:

    In 1974, I was an obscure opening act for Linda Ronstadt at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. Passing through the lobby before the show, I saw Betty White and her husband Allen Ludden waiting in line.

    I loved Betty White, so I went up to them: “I’m so honored to meet you both.” And then I said, “Isn’t Linda great?” She said, “We came to see you.” I said, “Why?” “Because we heard you were funny.” I was elated.

    • Age: 100
    • Birthplace: Oak Park, Illinois, United States of America
  • Matthew Lewis Said Alan Rickman Encouraged Him To Go Back Into Theater Acting
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone / Warner Bros. Pictures

    Matthew Lewis is best known for portraying Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter movie series. Throughout the 10 years of filming eight movies, Lewis rubbed elbows with some of the greats in the film industry. 

    This included Alan Rickman, who famously portrayed Professor Severus Snape. On Rickman's last day of filming on the final movie, Lewis shared how he went to Rickman's trailer to thank him for his work:

    Thank you for allowing me to work with you for 10 years and not ever shout at me or treating any of us as anything less than your equal. And he was like, "Come on in." And he put the kettle on, and we had a cup of tea, and we chatted about what I was going to do in my career moving forward and what he recommended I do.

    Lewis went on to say that Rickman gave him an invaluable piece of advice:

    He said, "You can do it!" He said those words. He recommended theater, and that’s why I did some theater. I learned so much more about myself as not only an actor but [also] as a person and what I want out of life; I learned that on stage.

    • Age: 76
    • Birthplace: Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom
  • Rita Hayworth Suffered From Early Alzheimer's Disease And Couldn't Recognize Ex-Husband Orson Welles
    Photo: Liberty Magazine Inc. / Wikimedia Commons / Public domain

    Rita Hayworth was one of Hollywood's most glamorous stars in the 1940s. Orson Welles, meanwhile, was regarded as a wunderkind. He was just 22 when he and John Houseman founded the stage company Mercury Theatre on the Air, and 24 when he signed a lucrative two-picture deal to write, direct, produce, and act in two films for RKO Pictures; those films turned out to be Citizen Kane and The Magnificent Ambersons, widely considered among the greatest movies in Hollywood history. But Welles was also a bit of an outcast in Hollywood, thought of as too demanding and difficult to work with.

    He was in the midst of working on The Magnificent Ambersons when he stumbled upon a magazine photo of Hayworth, who at the time was one of the top pinup girls for American soldiers as well as an up-and-coming actress. Hayworth - who was in the midst of divorcing her much older, controlling first husband - turned Welles down multiple times when he phoned to ask her out. But she finally agreed to a dinner date.

    The insecure Hayworth, who had been seen as little more than a money-making machine by both her father and husband, appreciated the fact that Welles, who also experienced a rough upbringing, listened to her and tried to understand her. In turn, she enjoyed taking care of him. Hayworth was in the middle of filming Cover Girl when she and Welles eloped, marrying in Las Vegas on September 7, 1943. Although her studio head was angry over the marriage, the press ate it up, dubbing Hayworth and Welles "the Beauty and the Brain."

    In If This Was Happiness, Barbara Leaming's biography of Hayworth, Shifra Haran told the author:

    I never saw a happier, more tickled, more delighted, adorable couple in the world.

    The couple had a daughter in December 1944, but the marriage soon fell apart over - among other things - Welles's infidelity, his workaholic tendencies, and both his and Hayworth's financial troubles. The money issues were so bad that even though she had left him, Hayworth agreed to star in Welles's film The Lady from Shanghai. She moved back in with him, but the reconciliation was brief; the couple divorced in November 1947.

    Both Welles and Hayworth had chaotic lives after their split. But Hayworth's was significantly more troubled; she married and divorced several more times and battled mental health problems and alcoholism. In 1981, she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

    When Welles went up to her at a party, it took her several minutes to recognize her former husband, the one she had called the "great love" of her life. As he later recalled:

    I came over to her table, and I saw that she was very beautiful, very reposed looking, and didn't know me at first. After about four minutes of speaking, I could see that she realized who I was, and she began to cry quietly.

    Welles passed in 1985. Hayworth, whom Welles described as "one of the dearest and sweetest women that ever lived," passed two years later.

    • Age: Dec. at 68 (1918-1987)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America