Although they are considered legends today, many favorite old Hollywood stars did not find instant fame and success. Some had to work exceptionally hard to get past all the closed doors in Tinsel Town. While some lucky celebrities from Hollywood's golden age were picked out of crowds for their good looks, others worked hard until they caught breaks big enough to propel them to stardom.
With abusive studio systems and gossip columnists scrutinizing those lucky enough to become famous, old Hollywood was pretty brutal. Actors and actresses were routinely criticized and asked to change their names, hair, and teeth. Those who had talent and thick skin became household names. Maybe certain silver screen sirens had ideal star signs; maybe some just got lucky. Either way, it's hard to believe how old Hollywood stars got their big breaks.