See The Incredible “Fairy Castle” A Hollywood Star Spent Her Fortune To Build

Today, even movie buffs might not recognize the name Colleen Moore, but during the 20s and 30s she was one of Hollywood’s biggest stars. Starting her acting career at age 15, Moore rubbed elbows with stars of Hollywood’s golden age, including Tom Mix and D.W. Griffith. Her bob hairdo helped to popularize the “flapper” style, and she made a small fortune from her films.

But oddly, these days Moore isn’t best-known for her acting. Most of her biggest films have been lost to time, while another one of her creations has been carefully preserved.

If you visit Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry, you can visit Moore’s luxury mansion – but don’t expect to take a tour.

Moore’s Fairy Castle.MSI
The dollhouse took 7 years to build.MSI

Moore’s one of a kind dollhouse, sometimes called the “Fairy Castle” is a mini-mansion that every little girls would dream of owning. Even Barbie’s Dream House can’t measure up to this 9 square foot luxury home, which features over 1,500 pieces of miniature furniture.

Even the garden is exquisitely modeled.MSI

The model took 7 years to build, along with the help of more than 100 artists and Hollywood set designer Harold Grieve. It looks exquisite, and it should – it cost $50,000 to build when it was made in the 20s and 30s, which is equivalent to $7 million in today’s money.

But a few special pieces mean this home is worth every penny.

Click the next page for more photos of the Fairy Castle, and to learn how it’s connected to Walt Disney!

Designing, building and decorating dollhouses was a lifelong passion for Moore, and you can tell from her attention to fine details in this masterpiece. Along with chairs, tables, pianos and staircases, the house features bearskin rugs and paintings on the wall – some of which were drawn by Walt Disney himself.

While it may seem luxurious to build a dollhouse with a chandelier made from real jewels during the Great Depression, Moore used her creation for a good cause.

The dollhouse toured the country, appearing in toy stores to raise money for children’s charities. By the tour’s end it had raised more than $650,000.

Sharp-eyed visitors to the MSI will spot a few very special artifacts spread throughout the house. The world’s smallest bible is kept in the Fairy Castle, along with a replica of King Arthur’s round table and some ancient Egyptian statues.

If you want to see the castle up close, it’s on display year-round. It’s definitely impressive when you know that Moore built her first dollhouse from an old cigar box!

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The Story Of James Dean’s “Cursed” Porsche And The Prediction About His Death

In 1955 James Dean was one of Hollywood’s biggest stars. His role in Rebel Without a Cause made him an icon to America’s teenagers, and he had just finished shooting Giant, which many critics would later call his best film. To celebrate the end of shooting, Dean jumped back into a favorite pastime, one he had been banned from doing while shooting the movie: car racing.

The lead-footed Dean was something of an adrenaline junkie, and he’d been ticketed multiple times for speeding.

Just before his death in September, Dean bought a Porsche 550 Spyder sports car, not knowing he might have already sealed his fate.

Dean posing with the “ghost car” shortly before his death.Jalopnik

Less than a week before his death, Dean showed the car off to actor Alec Guinness, who later played Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars. He had customized his ride with swanky tartan seats, racing stripes, the number “130” painted on the hood and a few other touches. Guinness said the car gave him a “sinister” vibe, and left the young actor with a warning.

“If you get in that car, you will be found dead in it by this time next week,” Guinness predicted. It turned out the actor was right, because dean flipped his Porsche and died exactly 7 days later.

If the story ended there it would just be tragic, but the 130 car had more in store for its next owners.

Click to read more about the “haunted” Porsche!

While Dean’s young life was over, his car continued to haunt the lives of everyone who owned it. The Porsche had been nicknamed “Little Bastard” by Dean and his friends, and it more than lived up to the nickname with a series of mysterious accidents and injuries that some blame on the car itself. It all started when Dean’s friend and mechanic, George Barris, bought the wreckage of the 130 Porsche. Before it was even rebuilt, the car slipped off a trailer and broke a worker’s leg.

Barris split the car into different pieces and sold them. Two men, each driving cars with parts of the Spyder in them, crashed in the same race.

One car “locked up” and flipped, while the other driver lost control and hit a tree. The Spyder seemed to have claimed 2 more victims.

Barris sold the Porsche’s back tires to a new owner, who was forced off the road when they both burst at the same time. Even a pair of thieves who broke into Barris’s garage were injured by the “curse,” hurting themselves while trying to steal parts from the car.

Barris decided that enough was enough and sold the car to the California Highway Patrol, who planned to use it in safety demonstrations. After the garage holding the car mysteriously burnt down (the car survived, of course) the car fell off a platform and crushed a student’s hip.

Finally, a truck driver hauling the car got into an accident. Somehow, he fell out of his cab and was crushed by the wreckage of Dean’s car. The car slipped off the trucks towing it 2 more times before mysteriously disappearing in 1960.

There are rumors that the body of the 130 Porsche is stowed in a building in Washington state, hidden behind a brick wall, but maybe it should stay there!

[H/T: Jalopnik]

Judy Garland’s Daughter Opens Up About Her Mother’s Addiction

Judy Garland is undoubtedly one of the best entertainers to ever grace our screens and stages. The Wizard of Oz star stole America’s heart as she journeyed back to Kansas and her sweet voice sang Over the Rainbow.

But as far as reality went, life wasn’t a bright and smooth yellow brick road for Judy. The actress had to navigate through bumps and curves for a good chunk of her life despite the happy appearance she put on for the public.

Earlier this year, the late entertainer’s ex-husband Sid Luft spoke out about the troubling activities that went on behind the scenes of Wizard of Oz. Luft revealed that some of the munchkin actors molested the actress on set and got away with it.

A few months after Luft’s interview, the couple’s daughter, Lorna Luft, is opening up about another side of her mother the world wasn’t used to seeing.

While the iconic actress was good at keeping mum about her personal life, she struggled with being in the spotlight and at some point in her career, she turned to drugs as a solace. This took an immense toll on her family and relationships.

In an interview with Australian TV show Studio 10, Lorna blamed the pressures of show business and Hollywood studio system for her mother’s “disease of addiction.”

“I do think my mother was a victim of the studio system,” the singer said. “It also gave her the ability to channel her talent to all of us. It was a real double-edged sword.”

Lorna also shared some intimate details about how her family dealt with the unforgettable Judy’s addiction. Click on the next page to find out what she says.

Lorna confesses that although she viewed her mother’s life as tragic, the highs and lows of her mother’s addiction were “devastating.” Growing up, she tried very hard to help her overcome it because it was a “family disease” that affected everyone close to the legendary actress.

The Girl For All Seasons singer heartbreakingly recalls switching her mother’s prescription pills with sugar a trick her father taught her at a young age.

Unfortunately, over the course of time Lorna had to deal with her own substance abuse problems that escalated during the days of Studio 54.

“We were doing cocaine, we were doing all sorts of things,” she said. “I’ll never forget, somebody came up to me and said, ‘Do you not think that maybe you’re doing the same thing that your mom did?’ I said, “‘No no no, she had a problem. I only do it at night.'”

Thanks to her ticking biological clock, Lorna knew she had to straighten up if she wanted to start a family. Having experienced what it was like to grow up under a parent battling addiction, Lorna wanted to make sure her children would never go through what she did. She entered rehab for treatment after she grew “sick and tired of being sick and tired.”

Lorna made her silver screen debut at the age of 11, but she’s only now finally comfortable with carrying on her mother’s legacy. Nowadays she’s following in her mother and older sister Liza Minnelli’s footsteps by pursuing a career in singing.

“If there was a tiny word in any song that had the word ‘rainbow,’ I didn’t want anything to do with it. I’d run for the hills,” she said. “It wasn’t until I was near my 40s that I thought, I’ve really gotta stop running.”

In fact, she sang Over the Rainbow for the first time last year, 47 years after her mother’s death due to an accidental overdose.

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Charlie Chaplin’s Battle In Court Changed Paternity Laws Forever

Although having big pockets warrants plenty of perks, it can also make one an easy target for lawsuits and money scams.

Celebrities often tend to be victims of legal battles that end with ridiculous settlements, but one particular case involving the iconic Charlie Chaplin forever changed the face of family law in America.

In 1943, the legendary entertainer was slapped with a lawsuit by an up and coming actress named Joan Berry (also known as Joan Barry). In the years prior to the legal battle, Chaplin and Berry were involved in an affair after they met to discuss working together on a potential film called Shadows and Substance.

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The pair spent time together in Manhattan but it wasn’t long until things turned sour and Chaplin ended the relationship.

A few months later, she was arrested in Los Angeles for breaking into Chaplin’s house and flourishing a gun. To make matters even more complicated, FBI reports revealed that Berry violated the Mann Act (White Slave Traffic Act) because she had previously “attended various parties with Chaplin and it is alleged that he made her available to other individuals for immoral purposes.”

Although the affair only lasted for a few months, Berry, who was believed to be mentally unstable later testified that they were together longer and engaged in “four acts of sexual intercourse at or about the date when, in the ordinary course of nature, the child must have been begotten. These acts occurred on the 10th, 23d, 24th and 30th days of December, 1942.”

Berry named Chaplin as the father of her daughter, Carol Ann, whom she birthed on October 2, 1943. The actor denied the paternity claims which prompted Berry to take matters to court and file a paternity suit.

Since the only method of determining paternity was through blood, Chaplin, Berry and the baby were subjected to blood tests.

Click on the next page to find out how the if Chaplin was the father and how the case impacted today’s paternity laws.

Doctors thoroughly studied the results of the blood test and concluded that Chaplin was not the baby’s father.

“Three distinguished medical men, preeminent in their fields, have decided that Mr. Chaplin is eliminated. We must and do abide by their conclusions,” said Berry’s lawyer.

Berry and Chaplin had previously signed an agreement that all charges would be dropped if he was not the father, but the actress was quick to change her mind.

Turns out, Berry had a backup plan if the paternity test didn’t go her way. At the time of the suit, blood tests were not recognized as evidence in California courts so Chaplin had to go through two more trials.

In the 2nd trial in 1945, the jury voted 11 to 1 in Berry’s favor and Chaplin was ordered to pay child support until Carol Ann turned 21 years old. Chaplin filed an appeal in 1946 but it was to no avail.

Things may not have worked out well for Chaplin but thanks to him, other men were spared the same fate. Years after Chaplin’s appeal and other similar cases, states began to consider a reformation of paternity laws.

In 1953, the Uniform Act on Blood Tests to Determine Paternity was put in motion. It states: “If the court finds that the conclusions of all the experts as disclosed by the evidence based upon the tests are that the alleged father is not the father of the child, the question of paternity shall be resolved accordingly.”

Unfortunately for Chaplin, the act came into effect a year after the U.S. attorney general revoked his reentry permit. He returned to his hometown of London, UK and did not step foot on American soil until 1972 to accept an Honorary Academy Award.

[H/T: Mental Floss]

7 Famous Entertainers Who Were Told They Had No Talent

No matter who you are or how hard you work, there will always be someone ready to tell you that you’ll never be good enough to truly achieve your dreams.

Whether they longed to be actors, dancers or singers, these famous entertainers had to face a lot of setbacks before they became who they are today. One thing they all have in common is that someone told these world-class entertainers that they had no talent.

Their success just goes to prove that you should never let a hater hold you back from your dreams!

7. Boy George

Before he became “Boy George,” he was more commonly known as George O’Dowd. Young George told his career counselor that he wished to be a musician. The cruel adviser laughed in his face and convinced him to work in a factory instead.

Being young, he took the counselor’s advice, toiling away in an apple packing factory. He didn’t last more than five weeks, when he realized that there truly was only one calling for his life.

He would go on to top international music charts, win a Grammy and a Brit Award and found his own record label, More Protein.

6. Gary Oldman

What would the world be without Gary Oldman? No one could bring to life such diverse characters like Lee Harvey Oswald, Sid Vicious and Harry Potter character Sirius Black.

He almost didn’t make it into show business after he failed his audition for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. The judges told him he couldn’t act and that he should seek out another career.

Thankfully, he tried again and earned a bachelor’s degree in theater arts from Britain’s Rose Bruford College. He has gone on to win several awards including two BAFTA Awards and multiple Critics’ choice awards.

Before he became an actor, Schwarzenegger made his name in bodybuilding. But when he came to Hollywood with dreams of being an actor, most people laughed at him – they said it was a pipe dream:

His accent was too strange, his body was “overly developed,” and English speakers couldn’t pronounce his name.  

Arnold was ambitious though, and he refused to let the naysayers get him down. He would go on to star in the Terminator series that later exploded into a massively popular franchise, earn a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and go on to be elected Republican Governor of California.

Not bad for a guy with a ‘weird accent.’

Turn the page to see who else made it despite being told they were terrible entertainers…

In the pursuit of a dream, there will always be bumps along the road. Some of those bumps will be people who try to discourage us from truly achieving our greatest desires.

There are many explanations for why haters love to hate, but the most important thing to remember is that you must carry on – no matter what they say.

If these celebrities hadn’t stuck to their guns, the world would be missing some pretty great talent!

4. Burt Reynolds

Before starring in his breakthrough film, Deliverance, Reynolds was drafted by the Baltimore Colts. Unfortunately, before his career could even get off the ground, an accident on the field and another in a car ended his chances at football fame.

In the 1960s, Reynolds turned to his dreams of acting. His luck with acting appeared to be the same as it was with football though, because he was fired from a movie along with another famous actor.

When he asked why he lost the job, they simply told him he couldn’t act. Thankfully, he was able to turn his luck around and even made a comeback in 1996 with his Golden Globe award-winning performance in Boogie Nights.

3. Clint Eastwood

At the same time that Burt Reynolds was canned for his ‘bad’ acting abilities, Clint Eastwood was fired because of his looks.

It wasn’t that he was too handsome for the role, but quite the opposite! His protruding Adam’s apple and chipped tooth were not Hollywood star material. Another flaw that directors pointed out was his slow drawl.

Little did they know that his slow drawl through gritted-teeth would become Clint Eastwood’s signature mark as an actor. Not only would he go on to have a long, profitable career, but he would would also win five Academy Awards.

2. Fred Astaire

It’s hard to believe that anyone with this much talent could be judged as lacking. During his first screen test, Astaire was judged as someone who: “Can’t act. Can’t sing. Balding. Can dance a little.”

Such sparse praise and outright crushing criticism would have dealt a death-blow to a weaker man’s career. But Astaire refused to back down. He spent his film career proving that callous executive wrong.

His would grow in his craft and become what is known as a triple-threat: singing, dancing, acting skills beyond compare.

At the height of Jazz Age, Astaire partnered up with Ginger Rogers and the pair charmed Hollywood with ten incredible movies including Top Hat and Shall We Dance.

The two-time Emmy winner received numerous other awards.

1.  Elvis Presley

Believe it or not, the King himself was a failure when it came to musical talent. In his eighth grad music class, he was given a below average grad of  C –  and told by his teacher that he “had no aptitude for singing.”

Although he pushed forward with his dream, a failed audition for a local quartet and another for a local band brought harsh critique: he was told not to quit his day job because he was “never going to make it as a singer.”

It wasn’t until Sun Records producer, Sam Phillips, heard Presley performing with other musicians during a break in recording that someone finally recognized the talent within.

He would go on to earn 45 gold records, selling over a million copies each and, by the age of 30, become the highest-paid performer ever at the time.

[h/t Listverse / Express]