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Stanley Andrews and Ronald Reagan both served as hosts of television's Death Valley Days.

When asked about himself during a 1990 Playboy interview, TV talk show host Jay Leno responded, "I'm sort of an acquired taste."

Stanley Kubrick's first United Kingdom film was the controversial Lolita (1962). The film was carefully produced so as to not offend the censorship boards, which, at that time, had the power to squash the commercial success of most films.

Laura Jean Reese Witherspoon dropped the first two of her birth names before hitting it big on the silver screen.

When British film companies buy a product called "Kensington Gore," they are purchasing artificial blood, used for special effects.

Stars of TV and film westerns, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans recorded more than 400 songs together during their 50-year marriage.

Laverne De Fazio's favorite drink in the TV series Laverne and Shirley was Pepsi and milk.

When Bruce Dern took first place in the Penn Relays at the University of Pennsylvania, his competetive, goal-oriented family was not very impressed. Afterall, his grandfather was the Governor of Utah, his great-uncle was Archibald MacLeish, and his parents controlled a major interest in the Carson Pirie Scott department store chain. There was huge disapproval from Dern's family when, after seeing his first James Dean movie, he announced his plans to head for Hollywood to become an actor.

Stephen King wrote his first short story at the age of 7.

Legendary comedian and actor Bob Hope served as master of ceremony solo and with others a total of 16 times, and he participated in a record 27 Academy Awards presentations. No other individual has come close in their number of appearances in the annual award ceremony.

When Diane Sawyer competed in the America's Junior Miss pageant, several judges considered her too serious and sophisticated to serve as a teen titleholder. During rehearsals, nearsighted Diane walked headfirst into a metal post in front of the judges and dissolved into girlish giggles. Charmed by Sawyer's silly side, several judges changed their votes in her favor and she was named America's 1963 Junior Miss.

Steven Spielberg originally approached Roman Polanski about directing Schindler's List, but Polanski said he found the material too personal and painful.

Legendary sportscaster Red Barber masterfully handled the commentary for the first baseball broadcast when NBC televised the inaugural game in 1939.

When he was 15, Sylvester Stallone's high school classmates voted him the one “most likely to end up in the electric chair.”

Stevie Wonder was 11 years old when he signed his first record contract with Motown.

Leonard Gary Oldman dropped his first name before he became a film star.

When he was just 10 years old, future comedian and film star Jim Carrey sent his résumé to Carol Burnett.

Stockard Channing (Grease, The West Wing) earned a B.A. in American history and literature in 1965 from Radcliffe College. She graduated summa cum laude.

Liam Neeson was attending Queens College in Belfast to become a teacher, when he changed his mind and decided to become an actor.

Stockard Channing's birth name was Susan Williams Antonia Stockard. In the 1960s, she was married to business executive and venture capitalist Walter Channing, Jr.

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