Thinking of film stars we often see them behind curtains of wealth, fame and beauty; sometimes forgetting that once they too had been simple folks like us. Here’s a reminder on 6 Hollywood classic stars with sad childhood.
6) Clara Bow:
Bow personified the Roaring Twenties and is known as the leading sex symbol of the silent film era. “I don’t suppose two people ever looked death in the face more clearly than my mother and I the morning I was born. We were both given up, but somehow we struggled back to life” – that basically sums up her birth.
Ever since her mother sustained a head injury, her childhood ended and she had to take up the role of caring until she died. Later in school she lacked compassionate friends and led a lonely and sad childhood.
5) Rita Hayworth:
Born Margarita Carmen Cansino, Rita in a career spanning over 37 years appeared in 61 films. She had a rigorous childhood where her parents shouldered upon her the responsibility of becoming a dancer. She’d said, “I didn’t like it very much… but I didn’t have the courage to tell my father, so I began taking the lessons.
Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse, that was my girlhood”. On top of this her father was known to regularly abuse her and made her dance in clubs. Interestingly it was while dancing in a club that the head of the Fox Film Corporation saw her and arranged for Hayworth to do a screen test. Later she entered into a contract with him and as they say, the rest is history.
4) Marlon Brando:
Brando was raised by an unconventional mother who smoked, wore trousers, drove cars and was actress. But she was a drunk too, which saddened Brando and he wrote about it in his autobiography, Songs My Mother Taught Me, saying “The anguish that her drinking produced was that she preferred getting drunk to caring for us.”
His skill at acting was discovered in a very early age when he imitating the cows and horses on the family farm as a way to distract his mother from drinking. He had the kind of father who always found faults in him. Having being expelled from school Brando drop out of high school and followed her sister to New York City.
He fitted into New York like a cork, “he was accepted there. He wasn’t criticized. It was the first time in his life that he heard good things about himself.”
3) Louise Brooks:
Her entire name is Mary Louise Brooks and she was an American Actress and dance. The popularity of bobbed haircut during her time is accredited to her. When Brooks was only 9 years old she was sexually abused by a neighbour. Years later when she managed to tell about the incident to her mother, she was told that she must have ‘lead him on’.
The event has had a huge impact over Brooks life and she’d later admitted it “must have had a great deal to do with forming my attitude toward sexual pleasure….For me, nice, soft, easy men were never enough – there had to be an element of domination”.
2) Audrey Hepburn:
Audrey Kathleen Ruston was a film super star, fashion icon, humanitarian and one of the greatest actresses of the Hollywood’s Golden Age. Her parents were Nazi sympathizer and during World War II she suffered from malnutrition, respiratory problems, developed acute anemia, and edema.
In one of her interviews she even distinctly remembers watching Jews being shipped off to concentration camps. Later, it was this suffering that she’d experienced as a child that sparked her humanitarian efforts.
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1) Charlie Chaplin:
A man who hardly needs any introduction, Sir Charles Spencer ‘Charlie’ Chaplin had a career spanning for over 75 years. Before which he’d spend a childhood of great hardship about which he later said “I was hardly aware of a crisis because we lived in a continual crisis; and, being a boy, I dismissed our troubles with gracious forgetfulness.”
His father was gone, his mother was sent to a mental asylum therefore in order to sustain his own livelihood he had to climb stages and perform from a very young age. From there on he eventually became the star he is today.
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