There are two sides to a coin. Two sides to a person. Two sides to everything, the one that we know of and are convinced, and that which we don’t know of, and are shocked to learn, which is what we call, the ‘Inside Story’.
The world of glamour and glitz often has another side to it. A deep, dark and a hazy downside. Controversies! Controversies form the flip-side of fame! We often find celebrities embroiled in some controversy or another. Tabloids and media find it very engrossing and newsworthy, for it attracts wide readership and viewership! Being known for one’s talent and accomplishments is something, but being famous for controversies and issues tarnishes a person’s reputation forever! Over the decades, there have been many celebrities who have courted such clashes. Some of them trivial, and some, so brutal that it has led to suicides! Though they have all been successful and very talented, their personal lives have overridden their aptitude and their embroilments have been etched in history!
Despite all the paparazzi and the grandeur, there have been celebrities who have felt extremely lonely and depressed. All that glitters is not gold! We can learn a lesson out of this. Wealth and prosperity does not necessarily, and always, mean felicity! Fame is not the gateway to happiness.
This article illustrates the notable achievements and controversies of ten of the most controversial Hollywood celebrities of all time. They have always grabbed the headlines! Read on to find out!
10. Richard Burton
Richard Burton was a very talented and capable actor, most known for his deep vocals that suited the movies well. He was married twice to Elizabeth Taylor.The couple’s turbulent relationship was rarely out of the news and was a subject of many of the tabloids that investigate the private lives of Hollywood superstars.
From being born in a mining village in South Wales to the lavish lifestyle of a star, Burton lived it all! Some of his famous movies include ‘Cleopatra’, ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’, ‘The Spy Who Came in from the Cold’, etc.He earned seven Oscar nominations.
Although never trained as an actor, Burton was, at one time, the highest-paid actor in Hollywood. He died at the age of 58, from a brain hemorrhage. He was a binge drinker, which led to his premature death.
9. Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor, popularly known as “Liz”, is one of the greatest actresses of Hollywood’s Golden Age and one of the world’s most famous stars, with the American Film Institute naming her as one of the greatest American screen legends. She was awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal (the highest civilian award in the US).Her famous movies include ‘Butterfield 8’,’Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ etc. She is known for her acting ability, beauty and glamorous lifestyle. She was an activist and championed AIDS programs.
Her marriage and tempestuous relationship with Richard Burton was much talked about. She also had several life-threatening illnesses. She died of congestive heart failure, in 2011.
8. Hedy Lamarr
Often called “The Most Beautiful Woman in Films,” Hedy Lamarr’s beauty and screen presence made her one of the most popular actresses of her time. She was also very intelligent. In addition to her film accomplishments, Hedy patented the Spread Spectrum Technique,which is a very important concept in Telecommunication and is widely used,to this day.This impressive technological achievement combined with her acting skills made her a beauty with brains!
She shot to fame after starring in ‘Ecstacy’, a film in which she was portrayed in a nude scene, and another, where she experiences orgasm. This made eyebrows raise, as the society was very conservative at that period and it was a very bold thing for an actress to be shot this way!
7. Paris Hilton
Paris Hilton is an American heiress, socialite, television personality, businesswoman, fashion designer, entrepreneur, model, actress, producer, author and singer. Her partying lifestyle and short-lived relationship with Leonardo Di Caprio made her a subject of discussion.She has also been charged for the possession of drugs. She has been caght for over-speeding and driving with a suspended license. She’s criticized by the fashion industry for her awkward attires! One may not see her in many flicks, but you’ll surely find her in the news, for all the wrong reasons!
This ‘Terminator’ star went on to become the Governer of California.Arnold is a professional body builder. One would have spotted this bulky guy in ‘The Kindergarten Cop’, ‘The Expendables’ etc. He is an Action Superstar, his breakthrough being, ‘Conan the Barbarian’.
His personal life ended up becoming tabloid lines and his marital life went for a toss! The news of him cheating on his wife and hooking up with their maid ended in divorce. The fuss was no more about his last name and how to pronounce it! It was about his personal life and his ways!
5. Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson is an American actor, director and screenwriter. In 1995, Gibson produced, directed, and starred in the Academy Award-winning ‘Braveheart’. In 2004, he directed and produced ‘The Passion of The Christ, a globally successful film depicting the last hours in the life of Jesus Christ.
He is called ‘the king of Hollywood controversy’ by few tabloids. Mel has been involved in some issue or the other,during the recent years. He has been accused of domestic violence and was found inebriated. He has been reprimanded for questioning the Jewish faith.
4. Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie is an American actress. She if hailed my many as one of the most beautiful women in the world, for which she has received a lot of media attention. She is reknown for her roles in ‘Lara Croft:Tomb Raider’, ‘Mr. and Mrs. Smith’ etc. She has won an Academy award for her role in ‘Girl, Interrupted’. She lives with actor Brad Pitt and their relationship has always received the media’s prompt attention. The couple has three biological and three adopted children. She is closely associated with the UNHCR and she has undertaken humanitarian work. Her recent surgery to prevent breast cancer created a hullabaloo!
3. Lindsay Lohan
Lindsay Lohan is an American actress and model. She has acted in ‘The Parent Trap’, ‘Freaky Friday’, ‘Mean Girls’ etc. She became one of the most sought-after young actresses in the industry. She also starred in the Disney fantasy adventure Herbie Fully Loaded and the critically acclaimed A Prairie Home Companion.
‘Lilo’, as she is popularly known, turned out to be booze addicted. She’s in the news for being in and out of rehab too often and she has a string of charges hanging over her.She ended up in jail in 2010, after having failed a drug test.
Charlie Sheen is an American actor. He has appeared in films such as ‘Platoon’, ‘Wall Street’ etc. He is very well known for playing Charlie Harper on the hit TV series ‘Two and a Half Men’. He was the highest paid actor on TV in 2010.
His personal life has made headlines. There have been reports about alcohol and drug abuse, marital issues and domestic violence. He is also infamous for hooking up with many actresses, a trait we all saw in Charlie Harper! He was fired from Two and a Half Men, after he publicly criticized Chuck Norris, the creator of the show.
1. Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe is one of the most celebrated and iconic actresses of Hollywood. Her striking image and gentle voice have made her one of the most famous actresses of all time. Though she is known for many scandals and high-profile relationships, people also remember the ‘Some Like it Hot’ girl for her fine acting and comic talents. She has starred in several popular movies such as ‘The Misfits’ and ‘The Seven Year Itch’.
Her mysterious death at the age of 36, due to poisoning is still debated. Whether it was suicide or murder, it remains a question to be answered! Her famous quotes speak oodles about her troubled life! Beneath the stardom, lay loneliness!