Weird History

Stories About Old Hollywood That Sound Made Up But Aren't

List Rules
Vote up the Old Hollywood stories that seem hardest to believe.

The lore of Old Hollywood is an endless mine of entertaining factoids, larger-than-life characters, and memorable stories, be they comic or tragic. You could fill books with all the tidbits about the vintage movie industry that sound stranger than fiction. Here's just a small sampling, in which we learn how certain cinema legends got their stage names, explore the career of the movies' first Chinese American star, and discover that color films were around much longer than we supposed.

Read on for some intriguing trivia about the glory days of the silver screen, and vote up the items that seem less believable than an overly melodramatic screenplay.