True Celebrity Stories You Might Not Know
It can be interesting to learn facts surrounding the lives of celebrities, sports figures, and
famous film stars.
This list will discuss some celebrity stories and events that you
might not have heard. The topics range
from Michael Jordan to Johnny Cash, Tim Allen
and Tim Donaghy. We will also take a look at the classic films Halloween and Taxi
10. A Michael Jordan Story
the beginning of the 1981 NCAA basketball season the North Carolina basketball
team was the national favorite.
They were led by legend Dean Smith and featured
freshman Michael Jordan. On November 30, 1981,
the team was to be on the cover of
sports illustrated and Smith was told to select four players to accompany him.
decided on Sam Perkins, Matt Doherty, Jimmy Black, and James Worthy. The honor of
selected for the cover became a competition among the NC players and to this day
Michael Jordan feels he deserved and
wants that cover. He made comments surrounding
the incident at his 2009 Hall of Fame induction.
Later that season Jordan hit the game
winning shot in the NCAA championship game.
9. The Origins of Travis Bickle
Taxi Driver is a 1976 film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Paul Schrader.
The movie is
set in New York City, soon after the Vietnam War. In the film Robert De
Niro tackled the role of Travis
Bickle, who was a socially inept loner with delusions of
grandeur and an unhealthy obsession with weapons. Bickle’s
character was strongly
based on the real life of Arthur Bremer. Bremer grew up a lonely, socially awkward
man who felt distanced from normal society. Similar to Taxi Driver’s script
Arthur Bremer fantasized
about assassinating a high ranking member of the U.S.
He first set his sights
on Richard Nixon, but then turned his attention to Democratic
presidential candidate George Wallace. Arthur
Bremer attacked Wallace on May 15,
1972. He stuck his .38 revolver in Wallace's abdomen and opened
fire, emptying the
weapon before he could be subdued. Bremer shot Wallace four times.
Wallace lost a
pint of blood and one bullet lodged in his spinal cord; the other bullets hit Wallace in
abdomen and chest. George Wallace was left paralyzed from the waist down, ending
8. A Rare Bird Gets Massacred
The California Condor is a North American
species of bird. It is the largest land bird in North
America. Currently, this
condor inhabits only the Grand Canyon area, Zion National Park, and
western coastal mountains of California and northern
Baja California. It is one of the world's
longest-living birds, with a lifespan of up to 50 years.
Condor numbers dramatically declined in the
19th century due to poaching, lead poisoning, and habitat destruction.
Eventually, a conservation
plan was put in place by the United States government and they were reintroduced in
area. The California Condor is one of the world's rarest bird species.
As of April 2009, there are
322 condors known to be living, including 172 in the wild.
One day recording legend Johnny Cash was driving his camper van through
Los Padres National
Wildlife Refuge in central California. After noticing an issue Cash pulled over
and subsequently oil
from a cracked bearing had leaked onto the wheel and engulfing his car in flames. The
fire spread to
the nearby grass and Cash could do nothing to stop it. It took over 400 firefighters,
tankers, and four helicopters two days to put out the blaze. The destroyed area was
home to the endangered
California Condor and killed 49 of them. The federal government sued Cash and
for $82,000 dollars, which is miniscule in comparison to the nearly $30 million that the federal
government has spent trying to conserve Condors.
7. Rosario Dawson Gets Her Big Break
Actress Rosario Dawson was born in the slums of New York City.
Dawson’s mom was a plumber
and her dad worked construction. When Rosario was an infant
her parents broke into an abandoned
building on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, they installed plumbing and electrical
wiring, in order
to turn the building into a squat in which Rosario would grow up. At the age of 17
sitting on her front porch when a young screenwriter named Harmony Korine approached her and
her a role in his new documentary, which would later gain the title Kids. Korine was looking
life actors to represent the New York inner city teen population. Rosario Dawson had no
but stared in the film and has since become a multi-millionaire and well respected
actress. The independent
film Kids also helped launch the career of Chloe Sevigny.
6. Tim Donaghy Gets Beat Down in Jail
In 2007, NBA referee Tim Donaghy was convicted of fixing professional basketball
games and sentenced to a 15
month sentence at the federal prison camp in Pensacola,
Florida. In November of 2008 he was assaulted
in jail and beat with a metal pipe.
Donaghy was struck repeatedly on his legs and fractured his knee
cap. He suffered
severe injuries and will need surgery, but of course that is not provided in prison.
Donaghy’s attacker claimed ties to the New York mafia and told Tim that he should
have kept his mouth shut.
5. Julia Louis-Dreyfus Has Bank
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is an American actress and comedian best
known for her role as
Elaine Benes on the hit sitcom Seinfeld, she also plays Christine Campbell on The New
Adventures of Old Christine. Julia Louis’s
father is William Louis-Dreyfus, a French
born American businessman who has an estimated net worth of $2.9
billion by Forbes
magazine. He is one of the richest men in the world and the chairman of
Energy Services. Julia Louis-Dreyfus is the heiress to a multi-billion dollar estate.
4. 10 Cent Beer Night
On June 4, 1974, the Texas Rangers were playing the Indians at Cleveland
Before the game Indian’s management decided to mark the night with a special Ten Cent Beer
promotion. The idea behind the promotion was to offer as many eight-ounce (237 mL) cups of
beer as the fans could drink for just 10¢ each, thus increasing ticket sales. The game had
significance for both teams, as there had been a bench clearing brawl in a Rangers vs. Indians
game the week prior.
The Rangers took an early 5-1 lead in the game and the crowd was beginning
to get rowdy and drunk.
A woman ran out to the Indians' on-deck circle and flashed her breasts, and
a naked man sprinted to second
base as Grieve hit his second home run of the game. A father and
son pair ran onto the outfield and
mooned the fans in the bleachers one inning later. The fans pelted
the players and coaches with hot
dogs and spit.
the ninth inning a fan attempted to steal Texas outfielder Jeff Burroughs' cap. Confronting the fan,
and Texas manager Billy Martin charged onto the field, his player’s right behind,
some wielding bats.
A large number of intoxicated fans some armed with knives, chains, and
portions of stadium
seats that they had torn apart surged onto the field, some others hurled bottles
from the stands. Ultimately,
the game was forfeited to Texas on the orders of home plate umpire
Nestor Chylak because of the crowd's uncontrollable
rowdiness, and because the game could not be
resumed in a timely manner. It would be the last time
an alcohol promotion would be used to
generate attendance at a sporting event. Today it will cost
$8 for the same sized beer.
3. Tim Allen Had How Much Cocaine at the Airport
Tim Allen began his comedy career in 1975 at the age of 22. He gained some
success and appeared in local television commercials and various cable comedy shows.
On October 2, 1978, Allen
was arrested in the Kalamazoo-Battle Creek International
Airport in Michigan for possession of over 650 g (1.4 lb)
of cocaine. That is a lot of
coke to have at the airport. He subsequently pleaded
guilty, and provided the names of
dealers in exchange for a reduction in his sentence from possible life imprisonment
three to seven years. He ended up serving only 28 months in prison.
Allen became internationally famous with the television series Home Improvement
on ABC, playing Tim "The Tool-Man" Taylor. Today, he is a multi
millionaire and one of the
highest paid actors in Hollywood. He primarily plays roles in
2. Michael Myers Mask
Lee Wallace was the production designer/co-editor on the 1978 classic
independent horror film Halloween.
The film is set in the fictional suburban
Midwestern town of Haddonfield, Illinois and takes place on Halloween.
Michael Myers, who has become one of the most infamous serial murderers in cinema
production Wallace was given the job of finding a mask for Michael
Myers to wear. He
went to the local store and picked out a William Shatner Halloween
mask. Wallace cut the eyeholes
larger and rounder, removed the eyebrows and
sideburns, and spray painted it white. Today, Michael
Myers’ mask has become widely
recognized in popular culture. If you look closely you can see
the resemblance to
1. Main Event - John Lovitz vs. Andy Dick
On May 28, 1998, Phil Hartman was shot and killed by his wife
Brynn as he slept in their Encino,
California home. In the months prior to Hartman’s murder
Brynn had begun using cocaine
heavily, a habit which she had recovered from in the past. Rumors travel
and it seemed that many
people, including actor/comedian John Lovitz felt that Andy Dick was in a small way responsible
for Hartman’s death because he had reintroduced Brynn to cocaine. This has created bad blood
between the comedians. In 2006, Dick approached Lovitz at a club, downed his guests' drinks,
and said, "I put the 'Phil Hartman hex' on you. You're the next one to die.” Lovitz
did nothing at
the time, but in June of 2007 he ran into Dick again and demanded an apology for the remark.
Dick laughed it off, so Lovitz picked him up by the head and smashed his head into the bar
four or five times until blood
poured out of his nose. It was a true celebrity beat down.