The boots eaten by Charlie Chaplin in The Gold Rush (1925) were made of licorice.
Horror actor Vincent Price was also an author and gourmet cook. In 1965, he published his own cookbook, A Treasury of Great Recipes.
Director John Ford's last words: "May I please have a cigar?"
Before she became famous, Michelle Pfeiffer worked as a supermarket cashier.
Bing Crosby, the Best Actor Oscar winner for 1944, didn't want to attend the Oscar ceremony. He was golfing when studio flaks found him and made him attend.
Ella Fitzgerald tested for the role of the piano player (Sam) in Casablanca.
Director Quentin Tarantino played an Elvis impersonator on TV's The Golden Girls.
Actress Charlize Theron and her mother have matching fish tattoos.
Before he became an actor, Christopher Walken worked as a catalog model.
Before he was a movie star, Sean Connery worked as a coffin polisher.
Sigourney Weaver was named Susan. She took her stage name from The Great Gatsby.
Tom Hanks collects typewriters from the 1940s.
The working title of Pretty Woman was "$3,000."
Christopher Walken spent the summer of 1960 as an assistant lion tamer.
Character most often portrayed on-screen: Sherlock Holmes, in at least 204 movies.
Winston Churchill, Mussolini, and Pope John Paul II all wrote movie scripts.
Samuel L. Jackson was called "Machine Gun" as a boy because of his stutter.
The average number of letters in a movie title is 17.
Stars who once worked as extras: Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, and Sophia Loren.
Top Ten Greatest American Movies of All Time (American Film Institute):
1. Citizen Kane (1941)
2. Casablanca (1942)
3. The Godfather (1972)
4. Gone with the Wind (1939)
5. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
6. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
7. The Graduate (1967)
8. On the Waterfront (1954)
9. Schindler's List (1993)
10. Singin' in the Rain (1952)
Shirley Temple failed a screen test for the Our Gang movie comedies.
The rain in Singin' in the Rain had milk added so that it would register better on film.
Jack Nicholson's first job in Hollywood: office boy in MGM's cartoon department.
Jude Law told Jay Leno that his name came from the Beatles song "Hey Jude."
The working title for Some Like it Hot (1959) was "Not Tonight, Josephine."
Largest number of extras used in a film: more than 300,000 for Gandhi (1982).
Kissing is still banned in films made in Iran.
Sean Connery started losing his hair at 21. He wears a toupee in his James Bond films.
The character James Bond was modeled after Cary Grant.
In A Few Good Men, Tom Cruise's impersonation of Jack Nicholson was not scripted.
Al Pacino's grandparents were natives of Corleone, Sicily.
Woody Allen won't use a shower if the drain is in the middle.
Jennifer Aniston made her film debut in Leprechaun (1993).
True Grit (1969) was the only film that John Wayne won an Oscar for.
Mia Farrow was on the first cover of People magazine, March 4, 1974.
At the end of Lost in Translation (2003), Bill Murray whispers something into Scarlett Johansson's ear. Neither actor has ever revealed what he said.
Robert Redford didn't see The Sting (1973) until June 2004.
Dustin Hoffman and Gene Hackman were roomies early in their careers. Hoffman also roomed with Robert De Niro.
Gene Kelly had a 103 degree fever as he danced in Singin' in the Rain.
Burt Reynolds and James Caan both turned down the role of Han Solo in Star Wars.
Bill Murray was considered for the role of Forrest Gump.
Harrison Ford turned down the lead male role in Jurassic Park (1993).
Burt Reynold's house in Jupiter, Florida, was once a hideaway for gangster Al Capone.
Spencer Tracy is the only actor to win the Best Actor Oscar two years in a row.
Ben-Hur (1925) was the most expensive silent movie ever made.
Luke Skywalker in Star Wars was originally written as a girl.
Clint Eastwood is also a jazz musician and self-taught piano player.
Will Ferrell's father was a longtime keyboard player for the Righteous Brothers.
Richard Gere's first three big roles were all turned down by John Travolta.
Robert De Niro accidentally broke Joe Pesci's rib in a sparring scene in Raging Bull.
High Noon has been screened more often at the White House than any other film.
Harrison Ford played the school principal in E.T., but his back was turned to the camera.
The word "Beatles" is never mentioned in the Beatles flick A Hard Day's Night.
Will Smith was approached for the lead in The Matrix, but turned it down for Wild Wild West.
Chris O'Donnell was offered Will Smith's role in Men in Black, but turned it down.
Dumbo is the only Disney animated film with a title character who doesn't speak.
The title for I Am Sam was inspired by the character in Dr. Seuss' Green Eggs and Ham.
The lead in Beverly Hills Cop (1984) was originally written for Sylvester Stallone.
Marie Osmond turned down the female lead (Sandy) in Grease (1978).
Johnny Depp made his film debut in Nightmare on Elm Street (1984).
Dave Chappelle turned down the role of Bubba in Forrest Gump (1994).
Robin Williams has sometimes been credited as Sudy Nim.
Molly Ringwald was offered the role of Vivian in Pretty Woman, but she turned it down.
Marlon Brando kept the ashes of his friend comedian Wally Cox in his Tahiti home.
Mel Gibson and Tim Curry both auditioned for the role of Mozart in Amadeus (1984).
Robert Redford turned down The Graduate lead because he felt that he was too old for the part. Dustin Hoffman, who took the part, was 30 - the same age as Redford.
John Wayne's silver-and-leather hatband in True Grit originally was Gary Cooper's.
The battered hat worn by Henry Fonda in On Golden Pond was Spencer Tracy's.
Patrick Swayze was a professional ballet dancer before he became an actor.
Edgar Allan Poe has the most works turned into movies (114) of any American writer.
Elvis Presley was wanted by Robert Wise to play Tony in West Side Story.