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45 Fun Facts About Breaking Bad

Let’s face facts…Breaking Bad is easily one of the best TV shows ever.

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Starring Bryan Cranston as Walter White and Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman, Breaking Bad was part of the golden age of AMC, airing alongside such classics as The Walking Dead and Mad Men.  A story with a simple plot (a cancer patient decides to make meth to raise money for his treatments), Breaking Bad set the bar for amazing television programming, combining tormented characters with intoxicating storylines to keep viewers addicted to the program week after week.

Set and filmed in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Breaking Bad was a modern day western, complete with good guys, bad guys, and a heavy dose of casualties.  In its short 5 seasons, Breaking Bad took viewers from this…

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…to this…

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…and by the end, we were just hoping we’d make it out alive.

I’m currently rewatching Breaking Bad for the 3rd or 4th time now, and thought I’d share some interesting facts I’ve learned about this amazing show.  If you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t seen Breaking Bad, note that there are spoilers ahead…you’ve been warned!

With a large fandom that continues to binge watch this amazing series, I think it’s safe to say that Breaking Bad will continue to be a cultural phenomenon for years to come…and whether you love Walt or you hate him, you can’t deny that man’s got us all by the…well, you know…

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45 Fun Facts About Breaking Bad

The name Walter White gives to his alter ego, “Heisenberg”, is a shout out to Werner Heisenberg, one of the most important physicists of the 20th century.  He won the Nobel Prize for developing the theory of quantum mechanics.

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The cast of Breaking Bad is filled with comedians. Bob Odenkirk (Saul Goodman), Bill Burr (Kuby), Lavell Crawford (Huell), Steven Michael Quezada (Steve Gomie), and Javier Grajeda (Juan Bolsa) have all done stand-up or comedic acting.  Even front-runner Bryan Cranston (Walter White) spent a few years doing stand-up before making it in Hollywood.

Gus Fring’s death was actually based on a real story. Rocket scientist John Parsons came to an unfortunate end when he was making up a batch of mercury fulminate for a special effects project.  Something went wrong and the batch blew up in his face.  He supposedly survived several hours with half of his face peeled off before finally succumbing to his injuries.

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Lovers of Breaking Bad and AMC’s other amazing show, The Walking Dead, know that there are several parallels between the two shows…one being that famed zombie artist, Greg Nicotero, who is the mastermind behind the zombies on TWD, was brought on to help create the final look of Fring’s blown off face. According to producer Vince Gilligan, it took months to get it right.

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Actress Julia Minesci, who plays the meth addict and hooker Wendy, is actually much healthier than she looks. She’s done the Hawaii Ironman six times, the Germany Ironman once, and has run countless marathons in between.

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Gale’s complete karaoke video is on YouTube.

Several of the residences in Breaking Bad are real family homes, including the homes of Walter White and Hank and Marie Schrader. You can see both homes, and many other famous Breaking Bad filming locations, on the Albuquerque Breaking Bad tour.

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The coordinates that Walt hides on a Lotto ticket reminding him of where his money is buried actually point to Q Studios in Albuquerque, where Breaking Bad was filmed.

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Los Pollos Hermanos, the restaurant of Gus Fring, is actually a real chicken restaurant in Albuquerque. Named Twisters in real life, the restaurant still sports the painted chicken brothers logo on the inside.

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Vince Gilligan and Bryan Cranston actually first met on the set of The X Files. Gillian wrote an episode called “Drive” and he needed to cast an actor who “could be scary and kind of loathsome but at the same time had a deep, resounding humanity”…hmmm…sound familiar?  Cranston got the part and Gilligan would later approach him again to star in his new show, Breaking Bad.

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The now famous Heisenberg Hat was originally given to Cranston to prevent sunburn on his shaved head.

Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn (Skyler White), Bob Odenkirk, and Jessica Hecht (Gretchen) were all guest-stars on Seinfeld.

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The science behind Breaking Bad is flawed for a reason. Show creators felt that viewers might try to emulate Walter’s recipe based on what happens in the show, so Gilligan had a real DEA crew on set to advise him on what science to include and what to leave out.

Besides the popular Breaking Bad tours, New Mexico also offers blue meth candy, blue meth doughnuts, locally brewed Heisenberg beer, Heisenberg Pez dispensers and much more.

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After watching Season 5, Episode 14 – “Ozmandias” – George R.R. Martin called Walter White “a bigger monster than anyone in Game of Thrones”.

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Besides winning three Primetime Emmy Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award, A Critics’ Choice Award, and having slew of other wins and nominations under his belt, actor Aaron Paul (Jesse Pinkman) has never had one acting class…just a natural heart-breaker!

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Nearly two decades before Breaking Bad, Cranston was in the original Power Rangers!, voicing the character of the Twin Man. The Blue Ranger (Billy Cranston) was also named after him…kind of had to be the blue one, right?

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Jesse Pinkman was actually supposed to be killed off at the end of the first season…however, the chemistry between Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston was so strong and Paul was such a joy to work with that Gillian said it would be a “colossal mistake to kill off Jesse”. Yeah, bitch!

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On the final day of filming the show, Cranston got a Breaking Bad tattoo on the inside of his finger. Aaron Paul also has “No Half Measures” tattooed on his arm.

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According to Anna Gunn, Cranston cried for 15 minutes after filming the scene in which Walt watches Jesse’s girlfriend Jane die.

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The first, fourth, tenth, and thirteenth episodes of season 2 all have black and white teaser intros. When you combine the titles for those episodes, you get Seven Thirty-Seven/Down/Over/ABQ – foreshadowing the plane crash at the end of the season.

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The iconic “roof pizza” scene was shot on the very first take.  #pro

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Ironically, Christopher Cousins (Ted Beneke) needed a stunt man to film his neck-breaking scene because Cousins himself was recovering from spinal surgery.

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While RJ Mitte (Walt Jr.) does have cerebral palsy, he walks without crutches and had to learn how to walk with them for his role on the show.

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There are 62 episodes total of Breaking Bad. The 62nd element on the periodic table is Samarium, which is used to treat pain in lung cancer patients.

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Walt Jr. is the only major character that Jesse Pinkman never meets or encounters throughout the entire series.

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There are 270 deaths throughout the five seasons of Breaking Bad.

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Walt Jr.’s site, http://www.savewalterwhite.com, is a real website. Donations made on the site go to the National Cancer Coalition.  Click on the banner to check it out!

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The final episode of the series, “Felina”, can be broken up into three elements: Fe, Li, Na – iron, lithium, and sodium…or blood, meth, and tears.

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In the premiere episode of the 5th and final season, the camera lingers on Walt’s New Hampshire plate, showing the state motto, “Live Free or Die”. This is the name of the season 5 premiere and also foreshadows the outcome of the two main characters.

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Before signing with AMC, a lot of networks passed on Breaking Bad, including HBO, Showtime, TNT, and FX.

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Whenever you see the blue meth on screen on Breaking Bad, what you’re actually seeing is blue rock candy…specifically blue rock candy from The Candy Lady, a boutique candy store in Albuquerque. They now have a whole line of Breaking Bad-inspired treats, which they sell under The Bad Candy Lady line.

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Jesse Pinkman says his famed “Bitch!” 54 times throughout the series. That’s roughly once per episode.

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Marius Stan, who played Walter’s boss, Bogdan, at the car wash, has a PhD in chemistry and is a Senior Computational Energy Scientist at Argonne National Lab.

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Jonathan Banks (Mike Ehrmantraut) was beloved by cast and crew alike. On his last day on set, everyone wore black armbands in his memory.

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Gilligan’s one regret about the show: Jesse’s teeth.  Jesse took a lot of beatings throughout the show and obviously used meth and other drugs.  In real life, Jesse’s teeth would have probably been terrible.  But…dat smile…SWOON.

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Aaron Paul was once a contestant on The Price is Right. Hold on to your ovaries, ladies…

Aaron Paul also auditioned for the role of Francis in Malcolm in the Middle, meaning he would have played Bryan Cranston’s son 8 years before Breaking Bad.

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Another Walking Dead Easter egg…The car that Walt buys Walt Jr. is the same car Glenn drives in The Walking Dead.

Furthermore, the general manager who sold Walt the car was named Glenn.

There are also a bunch of fan theories that Jesse Pinkman was the drug dealer for The Walking Dead character, Merle Dixon.

Shooting the series in New Mexico pumped about $1 million per episode into the local economy.

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The term “breaking bad” is a southern colloquialism, referring to someone who has taken a turn off the path of the straight and narrow.

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Bryan Cranston and Dean Norris (Hank Schrader) also appeared in Little Miss Sunshine, which was also filmed on location in Albuquerque.  Cranston was the agent Stan Grossman and Norris was the police officer that investigated the bus after the horn on the bus broke.

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It should come as no surprise that the bromance between Cranston and Paul is alive and stronger than ever.  They still talk often and Cranston was even a groomsmen in Aaron Paul’s wedding.

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35 Fun Facts About The Wonder Years

Ask me what my favorite movie is and I’ll have to list at least two or three.  There are just so many factors!!  But when it comes to my favorite TV show, hands down, every time…it’s The Wonder Years.

What I love about The Wonder Years is that it’s not neat and tidy.  Things do not end the way you may think they will…or the way you want them to…and that’s just how life is, honestly.  People don’t live happily ever after.  People die.  People break up and get divorced.  Our first loves, our true loves, are not always the ones we end up with…and this show does an amazing job of bringing that to life in the most relatable, honest and heartfelt way.

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I’ve watched The Wonder Years a ridiculous amount of times.  I’m actually watching it now as I write this post!  I watched it for the first time with my dad when it was on ABC, then again when it was on Nick at Nite.  I watched it when it was released on Netflix a good handful of times and then again after my dad died…and apparently here I go again!  No other show, movie, play, or book has touched my life the way this show has…and, much like an old friend I know I can count on when times get tough, it will forever hold a special place in my heart.

Even now, all these years later, certain episodes still make me laugh.  A lot make me cry…and some just hit home in a way that nearly knocks me off my feet.  I had a romance like Kevin and Winnie’s…I knew people like Paul and Becky Slater.  I had teachers like Mr. Collins and my grandpa was so much like Mr. Arnold.  These were real people to me…they were a part of my story.  I’ve never experienced anything like that before or since, and I will forever be grateful to the cast and production team for telling their story the way they did…in a manner that was honest and true.

The Wonder Years recently had a 25 year anniversary…and was finally released on DVD not too long ago after an epic battle to obtain music rights to several of the songs that helped make this show so great.  A few days ago I did a post on Where The Wonder Years Cast is Now, and now I bring you a few fun facts about the making of this iconic American TV show!

35 Fun Facts About The Wonder Years

Kevin Arnold’s (Fred Savage) and Winnie Cooper’s (Danica McKellar) first kiss was also Savage and McKellar’s first kiss! Savage was just 11 and McKellar was 12 when they shot that scene.
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Actress Danica McKellar was up against her sister, Crystal, for the part of Winnie Cooper. Producers finally decided on Danica the day before the pilot began shooting because she was older and her hair color better complimented Fred Savage’s hair.
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But Crystal got her chance in the spotlight, too. You can see Crystal McKellar play the role of Becky Slater throughout the series.  Ironically she’s the one Kevin dates early on to make Winnie jealous.  Cold move, Kev…cold move.
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Olivia D’Abo, who played Kevin’s sister Karen, had hair extensions put in to complete her ‘flower child’ look.
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After its first season, which was only 6 episodes, The Wonder Years took home an Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series in 1988.
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If that chemistry between Kevin and Winnie looked like the real deal, it’s because it was! McKellar has said that both she and Savage had crushes on each other in the early days of filming, but their relationship eventually turned into a more brother-sister bond…as is the case with most of these young folk!  Savage was quoted as saying, “I was in love with her for the same reasons every other boy fell in love with her.  You won’t meet a sweeter, nicer girl – and she’s gorgeous.”  STOP IT.
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The city where The Wonder Years took place is never mentioned, but the Arnold’s house was located in Burbank, California and the interior was replicated on a soundstage.
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Many fans have tried to debunk this and search the series for clues…including zooming in on the license plate of the family car and the shot of Wayne’s (Jason Hervey) driver’s license. Both ground the series in California, but it’s never explained exactly where it takes place.
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A TON of actors made guest appearances on The Wonder Years, including Juliette Lewis, Jim Caviezel, Alicia Silverstone, Giovanni Ribisi, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, David Schwimmer, Robin Thicke, John Corbett and several more.
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Ben Savage, Fred Savage’s younger brother, even made a little guest appearance in the Valentine’s Day episode! Look at him!!

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Yes, the entire cast is still super close to this day (which makes me happier than you will ever know), but the moms of all the kids also really hit it off…since they were all on set with their kids all the time. Joanne Savage, Mahalia McKellar, Marsha Hervey, and Jane Saviano (Josh Saviano’s (Paul) mom) still talk and get together.  How precious is that?!

The Wonder Years was partly inspired by film, A Christmas Story. From the coming-of-age theme to the use of narration, the two cultural staples had quite a lot in common.  Peter Billingsley (Ralphie) even made an appearance in the final two episodes of The Wonder Years as one of Kevin’s roommates.

The Wonder Years also was pretty revolutionary for its time in terms of production value. The dramedy only used one camera to film the entire series and the use of a narrator and lack of a laugh track was a bit unheard of for the time.

Casting a lead is never easy…especially when your lead is an 11-year-old boy. So producers Carol Black and Neal Marlens interviewed five casting directors for recommendations on who should play Kevin Arnold.  Every single one of them said Fred Savage.  Boy’s got skillz!

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Perhaps the success of The Wonder Years has to do with the fact that it premiered after the 1988 Super Bowl. More than 80 million viewers tuned in that year to watch the Washington Redskins crush the Denver Broncos and were then treated to a bit of Americana television.

In 1989, at the tender age of 13, Savage became the youngest actor to be nominated for an Emmy in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series category. He was nominated again in 1990.
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A lot of the dialogue between Kevin and Winnie was picked up from conversations that Savage and McKellar would have off-screen.

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The on-again, off-again romance between Kevin and Winnie was an integral part of the series…but between the third and fourth seasons, the split was solely because McKellar had experienced a huge growth spurt, leaving her little 5-foot co-star in the dust. The two remained separated just long enough for Savage to catch up in height!

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It was Dan Lauria’s idea to make his character, Jack Arnold, a veteran of the Korean War. Lauria himself was a marine and Vietnam War vet and he wanted to bring that part of his life into his character.  It certainly helped and added much-needed dimension to Mr. Arnold.

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Daniel Stern narrates the series as grown-up Kevin Arnold. You might know Stern from a little movie called Home Alone.

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Stern also directed several episodes of The Wonder Years.

In the series finale, it’s mentioned that Kevin’s friend Paul Pfeiffer (Josh Saviano) goes off to Harvard and becomes a lawyer. In real life, actor Saviano actually attended Yale to become a lawyer.  He’s a lawyer to this day, working to protect, build and exploit celebrity and corporate brands.

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The little boy’s voice in the finale asking grown-up Kevin to come outside and play catch is actually Stern’s real life son.

The reason it took so long to release The Wonder Years on DVD was because it was near impossible to get all the music rights for the songs that really brought this series to life, including the title song, “I Get By With a Little Help from My Friends”. Eventually, about 96% of the original music was cleared, and The Wonder Years has finally made it to DVD!  WISH LIST!!!!!

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Since the actors on The Wonder Years were all so young, they often had to balance filming with school…therefore a lot of scenes were actually shot separately. For example, in the scene where Kevin climbs into Winnie’s bedroom after she is in a car accident and they say “I love you” FOR THE FIRST TIME, it was actually each actor saying “I love you” to a piece of tape!

Though he played a total nerd in the series, Saviano was actually a varsity athlete. McKellar, who was a bit of an athlete in the series, was actually a total book nerd and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics…with honors, no less.

Savage, McKellar, and Saviano have all said that the episodes that feature Mr. Collins, the stern and fair math teacher, were their favorite episodes in the series.

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Lauria and Alley Mills (Norma Arnold), who played Kevin’s parents on the show, didn’t have any real life children of their own; therefore, they basically adopted all the kids on set and the vibe was very much that of a tight family unit.

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Paul’s bar mitzvah episode was one of the first depictions of Judaism on mainstream prime-time television. Savage was invited to Saviano’s real life bar mitzvah, but couldn’t go because he was filming a movie.  However, both Saviano and McKellar attended Savage’s bar mitzvah.  OMG THE CUTENESS…I CAN’T TAKE IT MUCH LONGER.

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In order to make it easier for Savage to react to the voiceover, there was a real narrator on set reading the lines out loud.

Young actors of today, look to Savage, Saviano, and McKellar as gleaming examples of child actors going on to live pretty amazing lives. Savage attended Stanford and is now directing movies and TV (including It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Modern Family), Saviano is a Yale graduate practicing law, and McKellar graduated from UCLA with honors and has written four books about mathematics, one of which made it to the New York Times Best Seller List.

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The house used for exterior shots of the home throughout the series is 516 University Ave., Burbank, CA.

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After the series ended, Savage’s mom kept the New York Jets jacket worn by Kevin during the show’s first few seasons. In October 2014, Savage donated the jacket to the Smithsonian.

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Fred Savage, Blake Sennett, and Dan Lauria all guest-starred on Ben Savage’s show, Boy Meets World.

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Savage is also the only cast member to appear in every episode of the series.

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25 Fun Facts About Alan Rickman

To think that I even have to write about Alan Rickman in the past tense is breaking my heart.  A true gem of a human being and one of the finest actors the stage and screen has ever seen, Alan Rickman was a brilliant and talented performer.  On the day he died, I just sat in my car and cried a long, ugly cry…for what was, what will never be…

Most people today know Alan Rickman from the Harry Potter franchise, but those die-hard (see?  See what I did there??) Rickman fans know he’s been around long before Severus Snape.

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A product of the theater, Rickman started acting in various plays in England before moving to America to star in his first Hollywood movie, Die Hard.  His deadpan humor, sultry voice, and Jimmy Stewart-like charm made him a favorite among his fans and colleagues.

I have been a fan of Rickman since I first saw him in Sense and Sensibility (easily one of my favorites!).  I loved his sad and loveable portrayal of one of my favorite Austen men, Colonel Brandon.  After SaS, he blew me away in Snowcake and, of course, there was no better choice for Snape in the Harry Potter films!

An actor who loved what he did because of the true passion of telling a story, Rickman wasn’t in it for the money or the fame…he didn’t care about the show or the awards or the hullabaloo of it all…he just truly, and honestly, loved acting.  He was selective with his roles, picking parts that meant something to him and that challenged him as a performer.  He was often typecast as a villain, which was ironic considering he was a man with a loving and giving heart.

Several of Rickman’s fellow actors and friends, namely Kate Winslet, Emma Thompson, and Daniel Radcliffe, to name just a few, do nothing but sing his praises.  He was a man who loved fully and gave back in any way he could.  He was honest and true and grateful for what he was able to achieve in his short life.

Two days ago would have been Alan Rickman’s 70th birthday.  He had an all-too short acting career that only spanned about 30 years.  He brought some of our most memorable characters to life and he will remain in the hearts of those that loved and respected him…always.

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25 Fun Facts About Alan Rickman

Rickman studied graphic design at The Royal College of Art in London in the late 1960’s.  He opened a studio in SoHo, called Graphiti, where he helped design book jackets, album sleeves, ads, and layouts for magazines.

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Rickman rarely, if ever, watched his own performances on screen.

He’s quoted as saying the Australian outback is the most beautiful place he’s ever visited.

Rickman was an avid bird lover.

Before his first motion picture role in Die Hard, Rickman was an actor with the Royal Shakespeare Company, appearing in The Tempest and Love’s Labour’s Lost.

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Rickman earned a Tony Award nomination for his performance as Vicomte de Valmont in Les Liaisons Dangereuses in 1985.  When the play hit the big screen three years later as Dangerous Liaisons, John Malkovich played the role of Valmont.

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Rickman dated his teenage sweetheart, Rima Horton, from 1965 until 2012, when they got married in a super-secret ceremony, followed by a lunch date and a walk around New York.

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Horton was adamant against having children, though Rickman has stated several times that he would have liked to have had a family.

Rickman’s final job was doing a voiceover for the short film, This Tortoise Could Save a Life, for the Save the Children and Refugee Council.

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Rickman was also the Honorary President of the International Performers Aid Trust, an organization assisting artists and performers challenged by poverty.

In 1995, Rickman was chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in Film History (#34) and was ranked again at #83 in 2007.

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Rickman did not start acting until he was almost 30 years old.

For his role as Severus Snape, J.K. Rowling told Rickman the fate of Snape’s character and of his love for Lilly before anyone else in the world knew.

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The sexy, languid tone of Rickman’s voice was the result of a speech impediment, caused by not being able to move his jaw properly.

Though several fans believe Rickman deserved at least ONE Oscar nomination, he never got one…and he didn’t care.  “Parts win prizes, not actors,” he said.  Rickman did, however, win a Golden Globe Award, an Emmy Award, a BAFTA Award and several others throughout his career.

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Even though he appeared in several plays in his lifetime, Rickman suffered from crippling stage fright.

Rickman was a student at Latymer Upper School in Hammersmith, the same school attended by fellow Brit, Hugh Grant.

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Like his character in Bottle Shock, Rickman was a win connoisseur.

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Actor Tom Burke is Rickman’s Godson.

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Though J.K. Rowling has said that she even had Rickman in mind when writing the character of Severus Snape, Warner Brothers preferred Tim Roth for the role and only agreed to cast Rickman after Roth backed out in order to do Planet of the Apes.

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Rickman and Warwick Davis both starred in the Harry Potter films together (Warwick was Professor Flitwick).  The two also played the part of Marvin in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy in 2005, Davis wearing the suit and Rickman providing the voice.

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His first role as Hans Gruber in Die Hard earned him a spot on the American Film Institute’s list of the “100 Best Villains” (he came in at #46).

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J.K. Rowling wasn’t the only one inspired by Rickman.  Author Angela Pell stated that she wrote the role of Alex Hughes in Snowcake with Rickman in mind.  The character’s name was actually originally Alan, but Rickman convinced her to change it to Alex.

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Rickman said that the film Nashville was the one that ultimately changed his life and made him decide to be an actor.

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Rickman and fellow Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe remained very close up until Rickman’s passing.  Rickman would attend all of Radcliffe’s shows in London and New York and kept in touch with his co-star long after his filming on the series ended.

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29 Fun Facts about Abraham Lincoln

Besides Frank Sinatra, Abraham Lincoln was probably one of the most influential people in my life.  Of course I didn’t know him personally, but my deep desire to learn everything I could about this mysterious man shaped my life in ways I never thought possible.

It was my love of Lincoln that motivated me to watch a 90’s made-for-TV movie called Tad, starring Kris Kristofferson as Abraham Lincoln, Jane Curtin as Mary Todd, and a very young Bug Hall as Lincoln’s son, Tad.  At the beginning of the movie, there is a solo trumpet playing “Hail to the Chief”.  It was that rendition that inspired my 10-year-old self to take up trumpet…an instrument that would stay a part of my life throughout my entire education and beyond.  It became my goal to one day play “Hail to the Chief” for the President one day…still workin’ on that one 😉

My love of Lincoln also got me interested in history education and The Civil War, an educational path I almost took in college before switching to literature.  He got me interested in presidential history and the history of my own home state.  And, as an added little how do ya do, the most recent Lincoln movie starring Daniel Day Lewis hit theaters on my birthday.  Ka-wink-ee-dink?  I think not.

For as famous and well-known as Lincoln is today, he was a very secluded man, prone to depression and large bouts of sadness.  He was instrumental in shaping several of today’s laws and government organizations, and has been named several times as one of the best presidents the US has ever had.

He holds the record for many strange accolades, including being the tallest president, the president with the biggest feet, the only president to hold a patent, the first president to be photographed at his inauguration, the first president to be added to the US currency, the first president with a beard, and was the first president to be born outside the original 13 colonies.

He fought for women’s rights…he fought for equal rights…he fought against slavery and he fought for the common man.  He honored education, loved his children dearly, and served his country not just as the President, but in local government as well.  A few days ago we celebrated Lincoln’s 208th birthday…and as a little celebration, here are 29 Fascinating Facts about our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln.

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29 Fun Facts about Abraham Lincoln

  1. Abraham Lincoln was a licensed bartender.
  2. Abraham’s son, Robert, was saved from a train accident by Edwin Booth, brother of his father’s killer, John Wilkes Booth.
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  3. Robert was also the only son of Abe Lincoln to live to adulthood.
  4. About 60 years ahead of his time, Abe was a firm believer that women should have the right to vote.
  5. Abe is among a large assortment of brilliant minds that do not own a college degree.  Others include Walt Disney, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and Steve Jobs.
  6. Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin were born on the same day.
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  7. According to his own journals, Abraham Lincoln dreamt of his assassination before it happened…as did Martin Luther King, Jr.
  8. When he was running for president, Abe received a letter from a young 11-year-old girl named Grace Greenwood.  In the letter, she told Abe that he would look much more dignified and presidential with a beard.  He took her advice…and won.
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  9. Abraham Lincoln has no confirmed living descendants.  The last known one, a great-grandson, died in 1985.
  10. So far, Lincoln is the tallest US president, standing at 6 foot 4 inches.  He also has the biggest feet of any US President, wearing a size 14 shoe.
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  11. Lincoln did indeed hold important documents and speech notes inside his tall black hat.
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  12. After being shot, Lincoln remained in a coma for 9 hours before succumbing to his injuries.
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  13. Though today his views would be considered more democratic, Lincoln was actually the first Republican elected to the US Presidency.
  14. Abe was also the first US President to be born outside one of the original 13 colonies.
  15. Lincoln was the first President to be photographed at his inauguration.
  16. He was also the first to appear on a US coin.
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  17. Lincoln was a huge fan of Shakespeare and quoted him often.  John Wilkes Booth, the man who killed Lincoln, was a famous Shakespearean actor and a personal favorite of Lincoln’s.
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  18. Lincoln is the only President to hold a patent.  He invented a device to free steamboats that ran aground.
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  19. He was also a man of simple tastes.  He didn’t drink, smoke, or chew tobacco…and he never drank inside The White House.
  20. It was Honest Abe himself who officially established Thanksgiving as a national holiday.
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  21. Lincoln loved cats.  His own cat, Tabby, had a place at The White House dinner table.  He also had a dog named Fido.
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  22. Defeated only once in about 300 matches, Lincoln was an accomplished wrestler in his day.  He’s enshrined as an “Outstanding American” in the Wrestling Hall of Fame.
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  23. The last piece of legislation Lincoln signed before his assassination was the creation of the Secret Service.
  24. Illinois may be known as “The Land of Lincoln”, but he didn’t move here until he was 21.  He was born in Kentucky and spent time in Indiana before eventually settling in Illinois.
  25. The Lincoln Bedroom in The White House was never really Lincoln’s bedroom.  He used the space as his personal office, meeting with Cabinet members and signing documents, including The Emancipation Proclamation.
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  26. There are more books written about Abraham Lincoln than any other American to date.
  27. Tom Hanks is a descendent of Lincoln’s mother, Nancy Hanks.  Abe and Tom are very, very, very distant cousins.
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  28. Lincoln’s heterosexuality has been disputed on numerous occasions, as various biographers have claimed that Lincoln may have been homosexual or bisexual.  There are several stories about Lincoln sleeping in the same bed as some of his mail friends, though no actual concrete proof of Lincoln’s preferences have been unearthed as of yet.
  29. There are SEVERAL weird coincidences between Abe Lincoln and later President, John F. Kennedy.  Both were shot in the head on a Friday, both were elected to Congress exactly 100 years apart (1846/1946), both were elected to the presidency 100 years apart (1860/1960), both men’s successors were named Johnson (Andrew Johnson/Lyndon Johnson), both Johnson’s were born 100 years apart (1808/1908), both Lincoln and Kennedy were shot by a man with thee known names (John Wilkes Booth/Lee Harvey Oswald), both Lincoln and Kennedy contain seven letters, the names of both their assassins contain 15 letters, and Lincoln was shot in the Ford Theatre while Kennedy was shot in a Lincoln town car, made by Ford.
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28 Fun Facts About Gene Kelly

The first time I ever watched Gene Kelly dance was in Take Me Out to the Ball Game.  A wonderfully cheesy picture starring Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, and Esther Williams, TMOTTBG is about a terrible baseball team that is instantly improved when their new coach, (A WOMAN), whips them into shape.  Featuring lovely dance numbers, including several where Esther Williams is in the water, of course, Take Me Out to the Ball Game is a gem of a film, and happened to be one of my grandma’s favorites.

I was at her house when we watched it together for the first time.  She knew I loved Sinatra and thought this would be a great way for us to spend some time together.  Granted, I did love Sinatra’s numbers, but I remember my 10-year-old self being completely mystified and enchanted by Gene Kelly.

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After TMOTTBG, I dove into Gene’s other films, including the other two he made with Frank (Anchors Aweigh and On the Town), as well as the films that shot him into stardom, including An American in Paris, Cover Girl, and of course, Singin’ in the Rain.  I was glued on him.  He made it look so easy!  The fluidity of his movements and his drop-dead gorgeous smile…he lit up the screen in every way possible and to this day he remains as one of my favorite performers.

On this day 21 years ago, Gene Kelly passed away from complications from a stroke.  He was 83 years old and had nearly 30 movies under his belt by the time he passed.  He was a powerhouse both on stage and on screen and completely changed the way theater and moviegoers reacted to tap, ballet, and modern dance.  Many of his methods are still used to this day and his impact on Hollywood certainly does not go unnoticed.

Unlike his colleagues of the day, Gene didn’t actually get his start until much later in his life and was near 40 years old when he had his breakthrough role in Singin’ in the Rain.  But despite his late start to the game, Gene turned MGM and Hollywood upside down when he started dancing…and his dedication, near obsession, to his craft has earned him a glowing star amidst the glamour and glitz of the golden age of Hollywood.

If you’re looking to learn a little bit more about Gene Kelly, here are about 28 fun facts about the man who taught the world to love dance.

28 Fun Facts About Gene Kelly

Gene Kelly was one of five children born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Like most young boys at the time, Gene’s dream was to be a professional baseball player for his hometown.  He’s quoted as saying he “wanted to be a shortstop for the Pittsburgh Pirates.”

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Gene entered Pennsylvania State College as a journalism major, but the 1929 Stock Market Crash forced him to work to help his family.  He and his brother Fred would earn money creating dance routines for local talent contests and nightclubs.

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Two years after he left Penn State, Gene enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh to study economics and received a degree in the subject.

While at University, Gene joined the Cap and Gown Club, which staged original musical productions.  After graduating in 1933, he continued to work with the Cap and Gown Club, serving as their director until 1938.

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Gene’s family opened a dance studio in Pittsburgh titled The Gene Kelly Studio of the Dance.  Gene taught there while attending college and working towards a law degree, a path he had to drop after two months when he decided to move to New York and pursue dancing full time…But NY was a bust.  Gene decided to move back to PA and teach dance wherever he could, as well as perform in a few local shows.

His first career breakthrough came in 1939 at the age of 27 when he was cast in the Pulitzer-Prize winning Broadway show, The Time of Your Life.

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The following year, Gene was cast as the lead role in the stage production of Pal Joey, a role that shot him into stardom.

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After Pal Joey, offers from Hollywood began pouring in…and in 1941, Gene decided to move back to New York and try his luck on the big screen.

Gene’s first movie was For Me and My Gal in 1942, starring box-office champion, Judy Garland.  Judy and Gene would go on to be very close friends the rest of their lives.

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He achieved another successful breakthrough in 1944 for his work with Rita Hayworth in Cover Girl.  This film features one of Gene’s most memorable scenes, where he dances with himself – NO CGI USED HERE – to highlight his characters internal struggle.

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At the end of the same year, Gene enlisted in the US Naval Air Service and was stationed in Washington DC, where he was involved in writing and directing a range of documentaries.

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Ironically Gene’s next film, Anchors Aweigh, cast him and heartthrob Frank Sinatra as two young and strapping Navy men.  MGM gave Gene a free hand to devise a range of dance routines, including one of Gene’s most popular dance scenes with Jerry the Mouse.  Though the scene only lasts about 4 minutes, it took months to complete.  Kelly’s movements were filmed first, then there were 10,000 painted frames of Jerry the mouse to synchronize with Kelly’s movements.

This scene was recreated recently on Family Guy with Stewie acting the part of Jerry.  Gene lives on!

Anchors Aweigh (one of my personal favorites!) was one of three movies starring Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra and was one of the most successful films of 1945.  It garnered Gene his first and only Academy Award nomination for Best Actor, which he lost to Ray Milland for The Lost Weekend.

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After a few flops, Gene wanted to return to safer and more commercial projects.  After a few smaller roles here and there, Gene starred in Take Me Out to the Ball Game, another film with Sinatra, in 1949.

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Their final pairing was in On the Town, a breakthrough in the musical film genre and probably one of my favorite musicals.  It has been described as “the most inventive and effervescent musical thus far produced in Hollywood.”  Great music, amazing dancing, and an all-star cast helped turn this film into Hollywood gold.

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If Gene wasn’t comfortable enough at the top, by 1952, he was a Hollywood All-Star.  In early 1951, Gene starred in the breathtaking An American in Paris, a film which won six Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

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An American in Paris also starred newcomer Leslie Caron, who Gene spotted in Paris and brought to Hollywood specifically for this role.  Their dream ballet sequence, lasting an unprecedented 17 minutes, was the most expensive production number ever filmed at the time.

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The following year, Gene was cast in what may be his most iconic role.  As co-director, lead, and choreographer, Gene was a driving force behind Singin’ in the Rain and several of his numbers from this movie cemented his place at the top among filmgoers and critics alike.

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Unfortunately his time at the top was short-lived.  After Singin’ in the Rain, Gene was in a few more movie musicals, including Invitation to Dance and Brigadoon, as well as a few non-musical pictures; however, the decline of the Hollywood musical left Gene in the dust…and after a handful of box office bombs, Gene decided to return to the stage.

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Into the 60’s, Gene made a handful of movie appearances, but most of his efforts were concentrated on production and directing.  He was asked to direct the film version of The Sound of Music starring Julie Andrews, but told the producer to “go find someone else to direct this piece of shit.”  Oops.

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After a few years acting in and directing some TV specials and shows, Gene was commissioned to direct Hello, Dolly! starring Barbara Streisand, Walter Matthau, and Louis Armstrong.  It was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including a Best Picture Oscar in 1969, but lost to Midnight Cowboy.

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By the 70’s and 80’s, Gene’s work was few and far between.  He was in a few TV specials and variety shows, and appeared in the surprising hits, That’s Entertainment!, That’s Entertainment, Part II, and That’s Entertainment, Part III, all a collection of amazing musical numbers from some of MGM’s best musicals of the time.

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His final film project was in 1994 for the animated film Cats Don’t Dance, released in 1997 and dedicated to him.

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Not surprisingly, Gene’s influence on the art of dance is monumental.  He brought the art of ballet to the big screen, created some of the most amazing dance numbers we’ve seen in film, and even coined his own type of dance, appropriately named “cine-dance”.

To help add to his on-screen performances, Gene wanted to make the camera movements serve the choreography, thus coining the term, “cine-dance”.  He defined cine-dance (cinema + dance) as “any dancing choreographed specifically and particularly to be filmed or televised.”  This meant that not only did Kelly’s movements have to be choreographed, but the camera movements had to be choreographed as well.  This was showcased several times in his career, notably in this number from Singin’ in the Rain.  The zoom of the camera onto Kelly’s face as he sings, “I’ve a smile on my face” is a movement that is specifically choreographed as part of the dance to add to the number and would be near impossible to do on stage…thus, cine-dance.

By the late 1980’s, Gene’s health was declining.  He had a stroke in 1994, and another in 1995, leaving him mostly bedridden.  He passed away on February 2, 1996 and was cremated, without funeral or memorial services.

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35 Fun Facts About Gone with the Wind

On January 17, 1940, the town of Atlanta, Georgia became a hub of activity. Some of the wealthiest families of the day, including the Vanderbilts, the Rockerfellers, and the Astors, flocked to the Loew’s Grand theater to be a part of what would become a historic evening.

On that cool day in January, the streets of Atlanta became a buzz with locals and tourists, all hoping to catch a glimpse of the stars soon to be walking into the theater. Afer days of parades and parties, the moment had finally arrived…the premier of the grand and anticipated classic, Gone with the Wind.

Thought to be one of the best movies of all time, Gone with the Wind opened to massive success. When the novel was released in June of 1936, it sold millions of copies within months of hitting the shelves. When word spread that it would be turned into a movie, it became the talk of the country…and celebrities of all kinds flocked to the studio to try to become a part of this soon-to-be classic.

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Now, near 77 years later, the movie still continues to draw in large crowds whenever it’s brought back to the theaters. It sits comfortably on several top movie lists and shot front-runners Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable into Hollywood stardom. It won several Oscars, including the first Oscar to be awarded to a black actor, and instantly became a record-setter that wouldn’t be touched for nearly 20 years.

Like most classic epics, Gone with the Wind is a commitment, clocking in at about 4 hours long…but it was a monumental achievement in its time. It tired out 3 directors, 16 writers, and every actor in the Screen Actor’s Guild at the time.

In my life, I’ve made it through Gone with the Wind twice, once on my own time and once in the theaters. It’s an amazing film and worth seeing just for the costumes alone! With amazing acting, beautiful cinematography, and elegant prose, Gone with the Wind is sure to stay a classic for years to come!

To help honor this film and shed some light onto what it cost, both financially and emotionally, to create this epic piece of cinematic history, here are 35 Fun Facts about Gone with the Wind…all of which will certainly make you give a damn the next time you watch it!

35 Fun Facts About Gone with the Wind

The original director of Gone with the Wind was George Cukor, who had spent more than two years in planning and developing the film.  However, there was friction on the set when it became public knowledge that Cukor was gay.  Clark Gable (Rhett Butler) voiced concern in working with Cukor for a variety of reasons…one being that Gable himself had been a homosexual hustler in his youth and didn’t want Cukor to expose him…the other being that Cukor had a reputation for making “woman’s films” and therefore Gable would lose the spotlight.  Whatever the reason, Cukor wasn’t the only one to walk.  The film actually had three directors throughout the course of its production (Cukor filmed 18 days, Victor Fleming filmed 93, and Sam Wood filmed 24).

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Leslie Howard (Ashley Wilkes) absolutely hated his role in the film.  He felt his slender 40-year-old frame wasn’t believable as a handsome 21 year-old, as Ashley was supposed to be.  He felt he was “not nearly beautiful or young enough to play Ashley”.

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Producer David Selznick wanted no less than 2,500 extras to lie in the dirt, portraying the dead and wounded Confederate soldiers toward the end of the war.  However, the Screen Actors Guild only had 1,500 to offer at the time.  Therefore Selznick ordered 1,000 dummies to round out the scene.

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It took 16 different writers to make the screenplay a viable length.

Selznick used all 7 Technicolor cameras in existence for the filming of Gone with the Wind.

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Author Margaret Mitchell started writing Gone with the Wind out of boredom.  She was recovering from an injury when she decided to dabble in writing.  Her project would take her 10 years to complete.  You’re not alone, GoT fans!

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Old West gunslinger Doc Holliday was Mitchell’s cousin…and many believe he was the inspiration for the character of Ashley Wilkes.

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It is estimated that if Selznick included all the dialogue from the book in the movie, Gone with the Wind would be about 168 hours long!

Selznick bought the movie rights from Mitchell for $50,000.  At the time, it was the highest price ever paid for a first novel.

The novel Gone with the Wind had been a phenomenal best seller upon its release…and the movie was hotly anticipated.  Over 1 million people poured into Atlanta to witness the premier of the movie.  The Governor of Georgia declared the day a state holiday and the mayor of Atlanta organized three days of parades and parties.

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Attendees of the premier included the Vanderbilts, the Rockerfellers, the Astors, J.P. Morgan, and all the Govenors of what used to be the Confederacy.

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In fact, there were more people at the premier of Gone with the Wind than there were in Atlanta at the height of the Civil War.

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The title Gone with the Wind comes from the poem “Cynara!” by Ernest Dowson.

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Half a million feet of film were shot for this near 4-hour movie.  It was cut down to only 20,000 feet in the end.

About 1,100 horses were used in the making of this film…oh the days before CGI…

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Gone with the Wind was the first film to receive more than five Academy Awards, receiving eight regular and two special Oscars.  The record stood for 20 years until Ben-Hur won 11 in 1959.

Among its accolades, Gone with the Wind took home Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Set Decoration, and Best Editing.  Both Clark Gable and Olivia de Havilland (Melanie Hamilton) were nominated, but lost their categories.

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Hattie McDaniel (Mammy) became the first black actor to win an Academy Award for her part in the film; however, she and her fellow black actors were banned from attending the film’s Atlanta premier.

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About 1,400 candidates were interviewed for the part of Scarlett, and of those, only 90 were given screen tests.  Selznick had Katharine Hepburn as his front-runner, but in the end thought she wasn’t sexy enough for the role.

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Unable to make a decision, Selznick turned the search for Scarlett into a publicity stunt.  He asked the public who they thought should score the role.  Top choices included:  Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Susan Hayward, Lana Turner, and Tallulah Bankhead.

Despite not having Scarlett cast, Selznick went on with filming.  Legend has it that during the filming of the great “Burning of Atlanta” scene, actress Vivien Leigh was just being introduced to the producer by Selznick’s brother.  She beat out about 1,400 other girls for the role of Scarlett O’Hara.

The Florida chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy were greatly offended that a British actress had been chosen to play such an iconic southern character; however, when they learned the role was close to going to Katharine Hepburn, they stopped their protest.  Better a Brit than a Yankee!

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In an epic example of fair wage rights, Gable was paid $120,000 to work on the film, working about 70 non-consecutive days.  Leigh, on the other hand, worked 125 days and received about $25,000.

Despite their steamy on-screen romance, Leigh has said that kissing Gable wasn’t all it was cracked up to be.  He wore false teeth and smoked a lot and she was quoted as saying, “his dentures smelled something awful”.

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The “Burning of Atlanta” scene was actually the first scene they filmed, as it would be the most expensive and they really only had one shot to make it work.  They actually made it quite successful by burning old sets on the backlot.

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It took 15,000 gallons of water to douse the flames after filming ended.

The character of Ashley Wilkes was one of the few countrymen to survive the war.  Ironically, the man who played him (Leslie Howard) died as a soldier in WWII.

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Unlike other epic war movies, Gone with the Wind doesn’t actually show any battles…only the effects of the war.

At auction, Michael Jackson paid $1,542,500 for David Selznick’s Best Picture Oscar for Gone with the Wind.

A Brazilian woman, who claims to have seen Gone with the Wind 8,000 TIMES, bought Scarlett’s pink dress worn during the “Burning of Atlanta” scene for $95,500.

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If Gone with the Wind were to be made today, it’s estimated it would come with a $40 million price tag.

Three of the four principal actors playing southerners (Leslie Howard, Olivia de Havilland, and Vivien Leigh) were British.

Overall, Gone with the Wind cost about $4.25 million to make.  In its initial run, the film grossed $21 million in North America alone and a total of $32 million worldwide.

When adjusted for inflation, Gone with the Wind is the highest grossing film ever made, grossing about $390 million worldwide.  In today’s money, that’s about $3.3 billion, more than today’s two biggest blockbusters, Avatar ($2.8 billion) and Titanic ($2.7 billion).

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It’s also believed to be the most watched film of all time, meaning more people bought tickets, regardless of price, to this film than any other.

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25 Fun Facts About The Big Lebowski

Get in your comfy clothes.  Pour yourself a White Russian and lay out on that rug that really ties the room together…because today, we’re diving into 25 fun facts about The Big Lebowski!

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Named to tons of top 10, top 100, and even top 1,000 lists, The Big Lebowski is easily one of the best comedies of our time.  Directed by The Coen Brothers (Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?, Fargo, Raising Arizona, True Grit, Burn After Reading) and starring Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, David Huddleston, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Elliott, and John Turturro, TBL has not only given birth to an amazing and loyal cult following, but has inspired an international Lebowski Fest and has even resulted in the creation of a new religion.

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Not too bad for a movie about a rug!

Even if you haven’t seen the movie all the way through, chances are you’d recognize some of the popular lines or scenes from the film.  I mean, who doesn’t start dancing like this when “Lookin’ Out My Back Door” comes on the radio?

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So whether you think The Dude is a prophet or a bum, you’re sure to get a kick out of these 25 Fun Facts About The Big Lebowski!

 

25 Fun Facts About The Big Lebowski

In December 2014, The Big Lebowski became one of 650 movies preserved for future generations in the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry.  Saving Private Ryan, Rosemary’s Baby, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off are a few of the other films that share the same honor.

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The Dude (Jeff Bridges), or the essence of The Dude, is present in EVERY scene in the film, including when the Nihilist crew are ordering pancakes (The Dude’s van can be seen through the diner window in the background).

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The Big Lebowski is one of the few Coen Brothers movies that does not feature Frances McDormand.  McCormand is married to Joel Coen and has appeared in seven Coen Brothers films to date.

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If you’re obsessed with The Big Lebowski, you’re in good company.  Several other celebrities have named it as one of their top five favorite films, including:  Jennifer Lawrence, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogan, Jane Lynch, Eva Mendes, and Nick Offerman, to name a few.

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Not surprisingly, The Big Lebowski is one of the most f-bomb-laden feature films ever made, with the f-word being uttered, in a variety of variations, about 292 times throughout the film.

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The word “Dude” is not too far behind, being mentioned a total of 161 times.

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The Dude says the word “man” about 147 times throughout the movie.

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The Coen Brothers have said that The Dude is based in part on Jeff Dowd, a film producer they met while working on their directorial debut, Blood Simple.  Walter Sobchak (John Goodman) is also based on writer/director, John Mulius, who had a hand in the making of Dirty Harry, Apocalypse Now, Jaws, and many others.  He sports glasses, a beard, and a figure similar to Walter, and claims to even be obsessed with the Vietnam War.

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The Big Lebowski has spawned its own festival.  Starting in Kentucky in 2002, Lebowski Fest has been held in Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, Chicago, London, and Edinburgh.  John Goodman, Jeff Bridges, Steve Buscemi, John Turturro, and Julianne Moore have all attended at least one Lebowski Fest.

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The cult film has also given birth to a religion:  Dudeism.  It has ordained more than 130,000 ‘Dudeist Priests’.

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Despite being part of the bowling league, The Dude is never actually seen bowling throughout the film.

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A lot of The Dude’s clothes came directly from Jeff Bridges’ own wardrobe, including his Jellies sandals, which he still owns and uses today.  #thedudeabides

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When writing the script, the Coen Brothers created roles specifically for John Goodman and Steve Buscemi, but did not know who would play the leading role of The Dude.

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The coffee shop where The Dude and Walter discuss the severed toe is called Johnie’s Coffee Shop and can be found in Los Angeles, though it is only used as a filming location and is not a functioning diner.

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Donny (Steve Buscemi) gets a strike with every bowl in the film except the last, moments before he dies.

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The west coast chain, In-n-Out Burger is referenced in the film.  John Goodman actually did a radio advertisement for the brand as well.

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Jeff Bridges plays guitar in a band called The Abiders, named after the popular “The Dude Abides” line from the movie.

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In an early draft of the film, it was revealed that The Dude’s money came from his status as an heir to the inventor of the Rubik’s Cube; however the directors decided to keep the audience guessing as to the source of his money.

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When The Dude writes his check for $0.69, the date on the check is September 11, 1991, exactly 10 years before the US terrorist attack.  President George Bush Sr. can also be heard saying “this aggression will not stand” on the TV in the background.

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In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, John Goodman said that The Dude’s reference to The Big Lebowski as a “human paraquat” was the only improvised line to make it into the film.  Every other line, including every ‘man’ and ‘dude’, was scripted.

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The Big Lebowski is John Goodman’s favorite of his own films.

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In every bowling scene, Walter, The Dude, and Donny bowl in lane 23.

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Walter’s ex-wife’s Pomeranian’s name is Thurston.

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The gun Walter pulls out in the bowling alley is a Colt model 1911 .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun, which was a standard US military side arm during the Vietnam War.

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And just in case you’re feeling a bit “un-Dude”, here’s the recipe for the famed White Russian/Caucasian:  2 parts vodka, 1 part Kahlua, 1 part cream.  Serve with ice in a low ball glass.

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