Interesting facts about famous personalities

From Nicolas Cage’s unusual pet to Kesha’s SAT score, here’s a list of some interesting facts from the personal lives of these famous people.

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Natalie Portman, the academic

 Natalie Portman

Actress Natalie Portman has been published in two scientific journals. Her 1998 high school paper, “A Simple Method to Demonstrate the Enzymatic Production of Hydrogen from Sugar,” entered the Intel Science Talent Search. During her psychology studies at Harvard, she contributed to a study on memory in 2002 called “Frontal lobe activation during object permanence: data from near-infrared pectroscopy.”

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Steve Jobs’ vegan belief

Steve Jobs

While innovation was certainly one of late Steve Jobs’ greatest strengths, few people know that the Apple co-founder took that streak to his food habits, too. As per his biography, written by Walter Isaacson, the late entrepreneur turned vegan as he believed that would reduce his need to bathe regularly. The book also quotes Jobs’ colleagues claiming that he was clearly mistaken.

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How Harrison became Han Solo

How Harrison became Han Solo

An out-of-job carpenter and struggling actor at the time, Harrison Ford was installing a door for Francis Ford Coppola when George Lucas, who was looking for an actress for his new film, walked in and asked Ford to help him by reading the lines of the male lead. The movie was “Star Wars”, and the character was Han Solo. Ford went on to bag the role that defined his career.

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Mel Blanc’s unusual revival

Mel Blanc's unusual revival

Mel Blanc, known to be the voice of Bugs Bunny and over 1,000 cartoon characters, suffered a triple skull fracture and slipped into a coma after a car accident on Jan. 24, 1961. After spending 14 days in coma, when nothing seemed to revive him, his neurosurgeon tried talking to him by addressing him as Bugs Bunny. “Bugs, how are you doing today?” the doctor asked. Much to the surprise of the doctor, Blanc replied, “What’s up, Doc?” in character. His doctors continued to address him as Bunny until Blanc came out of the coma.

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James Doohan, the fighter pilot

James Doohan, the fighter pilot

James Doohan served the 14th Field Artillery Regiment of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division as a pilot during World War II, and was a part of the D-Day invasion of Normandy. He reportedly shot two German snipers and was shot at six times, but, obviously, survived to tell the tale, and play “Scotty” in “Star Trek” series.

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Sylvester Stallone’s ride to success

Sylvester Stallone's ride to success

Sylvester Stallone

Six years before he arrived with “Rocky”, Sylvester Stallone starred in a low-budget porn called “Party at Kitty and Stud’s.” After the success of Rocky in 1976, the adult movie was edited and re-released titled “Italian Stallion,” the nickname of Stallone’s character in “Rocky.” 

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Johnny Cash, the writer

Johnny Cash, the writer

Before he took to singing, Johnny Cash wrote a short science-fiction story titled “The Holografik Danser”. Written in 1953, when Cash served in the Air Force in Landsburg, Germany, the story went unpublished till 2001, when Rosanne Cash’s anthology “Songs Without Rhyme: Prose By Celebrated Songwriters” featured it.

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Martin Luther King’s fan moment

Martin Luther King's fan moment

Martin Luther King’s fan moment

Martin Luther King Jr. was a huge “Star Trek” fan, and convinced Nichelle Nichols, who played Lt. Uhura in the original series, not to quit the show when she got an offer from Broadway.

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Fidel Castro’s stint with silver screen

Fidel Castro's stint with silver screen

Late Cuban leader Fidel Castro appeared in two Hollywood movies: “Holiday in Mexico” and “Easy to Wed”. Both movies released in 1946, and Castro appeared as a background extra in them.

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Theodore Roosevelt, the bookworm

Theodore Roosevelt, the bookworm

Former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt on an average read one book a day, even during his years in the White House. Known to befriend authors whose books he liked. Roosevelt utilized his time waiting for trains and appointments by reading a book. His reading list included a plethora of distinctive subjects like poets, politics and naval power, among others.

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When David Lynch said no

When David Lynch said no

David Lynch was asked to direct the third installment of “Star Wars” trilogy, “Return of the Jedi”, by George Lucas. However, he turned down the offer, asking Lucas to direct the film himself. It’s worth wondering though how the movie had turned out had surrealist Lynch directed it.

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Nicolas Cage’s love for strange pets

Nicolas Cage's love for strange pets

Actor Nicolas Cage once owned a $150,000 octopus and claimed that studying its movements helped him with his acting. Whether the stated objective was achieved remains unknown, but the octopus was a notable addition to Cage’s collection of dinosaur skulls, a crocodile, a shark, and a pair of albino cobras. 


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Bruce Dickinson’s many talents

Bruce Dickinson's many talents

Bruce Dickinson is not just an iconic figure in hard rock. The lead singer of Iron Maiden is an Olympic-class fencer, a qualified commercial pilot, and has also authored two novels. Apart from that, the band launched its beer brand, Trooper Ale, in 2013.

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Rob Riggle, a proud Marine

Rob Riggle, a proud Marine

Comedian Rob Riggle had a long and decorated career with U.S. Marines, from where he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2013. He has served in Kosovo, Liberia and Afghanistan.

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The dream that inspired Rebel Wilson

The dream that inspired Rebel Wilson

Rebel Wilson’s inspiration to take up acting stemmed from a malarial fever. That’s right. The Australian actress, after completing her Masters in Arts from the University of New South Wales, went to Mozambique as an Australian youth ambassador. She contracted the mosquito-borne disease there, and during the fever-induced hallucination, she once saw herself winning an Oscar. The thought stuck, and Wilson took to acting.

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Danica McKellar’s love for numbers

Danica McKellar's love for numbers

Actress Danica McKellar, best known as Winnie Cooper of “The Wonder Years”, is a UCLA mathematics alumnus and has a theorem named after her – Chayes-McKellar-Winn theorem. She has also written five non-fiction books.

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James Earl Jones’ struggle with voice

James Earl Jones' struggle with voice

Who would have known that James Earl Jones, the man who lent voices to iconic characters such as Darth Vader in “Star Wars” and Mufasa in “The Lion King,” stuttered badly as a child, so much so that he did not speak for nearly eight years. Encouraged by his English teacher while at Sunday school, he started working on his stutter by reciting the poems he wrote in front of the whole class. He went on to take part in debates and drama reading classes to regain his confidence. 

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Bill Murray’s run-in with law

Bill Murray's run-in with law

American actor-comedian Bill Murray was arrested at Chicago airport on his 20th birthday for trying to smuggle 10 pounds of marijuana. The story goes that Murray, while waiting in line to board the flight to Denver after celebrating his birthday with family, joked to his co-passenger that he was carrying two bombs in his suitcase. A ticket agent overheard him and alerted the cops, who found five two-pound bricks of marijuana in his luggage. Murray was arrested and placed under five-year probation, but escaped jail term as it was his first offence.

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The truth about Elvis Presley’s locks

The truth about Elvis Presley's locks

Elvis Presley was a natural blonde. His black locks were a result of dye he had been using since high school.

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Kesha, the genius

Kesha, the genius

Singer Kesha has an IQ of 140 and scored 1500 out of 1600 in her Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).

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Vin Diesel, the power-packed bouncer

Vin Diesel, the power-packed bouncer

Born as Mark Sinclair Vincent, the “Fast and Furious” star began working as a bouncer at the age of 17 at a nightclub in New York, where he got the name Vin Diesel. “Vin” is the shortened version of “Vincent” and his friends started calling him “Diesel” referring to his non-stop energy.

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Geena Davis, the markswoman

Geena Davis, the markswoman

Actress Geena Davis is a mean archer and almost made it to the U.S. Olympic squad for Sydney Games in 2000, when she reached the semi-finals of the qualification rounds.

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