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Movie Costume Trivia

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Judy Garland had to wear a painful corset-style device around her torso in The Wizard of Oz so she would appear younger and flat-chested.

Bert Lahr's cowardly lion outfit in The Wizard of Oz weighed 90 pounds. It was made from two real lion skins.

Mae West had it written into her contract that nobody would wear white on the sets of her films.

In his will, Stan Laurel left his famous derby to Dick Van Dyke (Stan actually had more than one derby, but he did leave one to Van Dyke, which was a treasured possession to the TV star).

Bela Lugosi was buried in his legendary Dracula cape.

The battered hat worn by Henry Fonda in his Oscar-winning, final role for the movie On Golden Pond (1981) was actually Spencer Tracy's. Katharine Hepburn, who surprisingly had never met Fonda in the 50 years they had each spent in Hollywood, presented it to him the first day on the set.

The red jacket the legendary James Dean wore in his seminal role for Rebel Without a Cause (1955) was later given to his friend, Sammy Davis, Jr.

Actors must have loved Sammy Davis, Jr. he was also given "the" cowboy stetson hat worn by the great John Wayne. This is the light, tan-looking hat we see in so many of Wayne's classic westerns.

John Travolta's famous white suit he wore in Saturday Night Fever (1977) was purchased by movie critic Gene Siskel at auction. Siskel always considered it his proudest possession.

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12 Things You Might Not Know About Charlie Sheen

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Charlie Sheen turns 49 years old today. In honor of the occasion, here are some Charlie Sheen facts you might never have heard before. (Image credit: Angela George)

 1)  Charlie was born Carlos Irwin Estavez. He was born a "blue baby.” The doctor who saved him was named “Irwin" and Charlie's middle name was in honor of him.

2)  He has 12 tattoos. He has a tattoo on his chest that looks like a note, which says "Be back in 15 minutes."

3)  He is an avid gun collector who believes in the right to bear arms. He does not use the guns for hunting, only recreational shooting. He always takes a gun with him when he films on location.

4) He and his future wife, Denise Richards, appeared in the same film in 1993 Loaded Weapon I. They did not share screen time and never met. Years later, they met and fell in love on the set of Good Advice in 2001.

5)  Charlie Sheen has a noticeable scar on his chin, which he got filming No Man's Land in 1987. A prop explosive detonated accidentally during filming, ripping into his chin and requiring eight stitches.

6) He turned down roles in White Men Can't Jump (1992), Indecent Proposal (1993) and The Cowboy Way (1994). All three of his rejected roles went to Woody Harrelson.

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The Inside Stories of Six I Love Lucy Episodes

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August 6 is the 103rd birthday of the great Lucille Ball (Lucy was born in Jamestown, New York on August 6, 1911). Who doesn't love Lucy? A brilliantly talented comedienne, we followed and laughed at Lucy's crazy adventures through 179 episodes of her classic TV show I Love Lucy.

Originally airing in 1951, the show has been generating laughs around the world for over six decades. I Love Lucy has reputedly been seen by more people than any television series in history. Almost everyone has their particular favorite episode of the show. Let's take a look at six of the greatest episodes of I Love Lucy and their "inside stories".

1. “Lucy Thinks Ricky is Trying to Murder Her"

This was actually the first episode filmed of I Love Lucy, although it aired fourth. Filmed on September 8, 1951, the show ran into a few post production snags and “The Girls Want to Go to a Nightclub,” the second episode filmed, aired first- on October 15, 1951. This episode was based on a episode of Lucy's radio show she had done previous to I Love Lucy called “My Favorite Husband" (that episode was called “The Wills”).

A terrible backstage incident occurred during rehearsals of this episode, an unfortunate one which set the tone for the the next six years of filming the show. During rehearsals, Lucy and actress Vivian Vance (who had been hired to play Lucy's neighbor and best friend Ethel Mertz) were confiding in each other and engaging in some backstage girl talk. Vivian confided to Lucy about actor William Frawley, who was playing her husband in the show, Fred Mertz.

“No one will ever believe i'm actually married to that old goat,” she told Lucy. Vivian was surprised a man so much older- Frawley was 24 years her senior- had been cast as her mate.

Unfortunately, Frawley was hovering nearby and heard the crack. He never forgave Vance for her comment and the two spent all the future episodes of the show hating each other with a passion. The rift between Frawley and Vance never healed, even after the show ended in 1957. She regularly referred to him as "that old goat,” while he referred to her as "that miserable (expletive deleted).”

It is perhaps an urban legend, but after she heard the news of Frawley's death in 1966, Vance, sitting in a restaurant, cheerily said "champagne for the house!"

2. “Lucy does a TV Commercial" (the Vitameatavegamin episode)

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