Weird History

Draconian Rules Studios Could Impose On Old Hollywood Stars

In the early 20th century, when young actors arrived with the dream of making it in Hollywood, they often hoped they'd be lucky enough to sign a contract with one of the five major studios. But old Hollywood rules meant that signing a contract for the chance at stardom came at the expense of their private and professional lives. 

Old studio rules dictated whom stars could date or marry; placed strict edicts on weight and appearance; and designated which films they could appear in. Actors often signed away the best years of their careers. 

Check out these surprising rules of old Hollywood that the biggest movie stars in the world had to follow.