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Talented juvenile actress Claire Danes left New York and came to Los Angeles to audition for a role in Schindler's List (1993). In the interim, she was discovered for the starring role on TV's My So Called Life. Spielberg ultimately cast her in Schindler's List, but Danes turned the part down because the film's producers weren't willing to pay her schooling in Poland.

Mae West's 1959 autobiography was titled Goodness Had Nothing to Do With It.

Tammy Wynette's first single "Apartment No. 9" was a small hit in 1966. She went on to have 32 Number 1 country hits in a row – more than any woman in music history.

Many stand-up comedians say their cleverest quips occur to them in taxicabs, often on the way back to their hotel after the show.

While attending Beverly Hills High, comedienne Carol Burnett was on the school's newspaper staff.

Thanks to the success of the James Bond flick The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), demand for white Lotus Esprits exploded to the point that new customers had to be placed on a three-year waiting list.

Many years ago, the legendary Ethel Barrymore made this observation about the acting industry: "To be a success, an actress must have the face of Venus, the brain of Minerva, the grace of Terpsichore, the memory of Macaulay, the figure of Juno, and the hide of a rhinoceros."

The “Nutcracker” ballet owes its origins to two stories. “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King,” by E.T.A. Hoffman, was a dark work that was not meant for children. Today's versions of the ballet have some elements from the original story, but most of the plot comes from the lighter “The Nutcracker of Nuremburg” by Alexandre Dumas.

Marilyn Monroe never received an Academy Award nomination.

The 1982 Burger King TV commercial young Sarah Michelle Gellar performed in was the first commercial to ever mention a competitor by name. She appeared claiming McDonald's burgers were "smaller" than their competitors. Consequently, the McDonald's company sued her as well as Burger King. Gellar couldn't eat at a McDonald's unless she was in disguise, due to truth in advertising (one of her commercial lines was "I only eat at Burger King.")

Marilyn Monroe said her favorite female singer was Ella Fitzgerald; her favorite male singer was Frank Sinatra.

Marilyn Monroe was on the Top Ten Box Office film list in 1953, 1954, and 1956. While she never received an Oscar nomination, she was awarded two Golden Globe Awards: one for Best Actress in a Comedy/Musical for Some Like It Hot, and the other for the no-longer-issued category World Film Favorite Female.

Mark Knopfler was persuaded to write the music for The Princess Bride if an unusual request was granted: director Rob Reiner was to put the hat that he wore in This Is Spinal Tap (1984) in the film. Reiner happily complied, and the hat can be seen hanging in the boy's bedroom.

While filming the popular 1990s television series "Baywatch, its cast and crew went through 306 pounds of body makeup and one 50-gallon drum of sunscreen each season.

While in New York, struggling actor William H. Macy (E.R., Fargo) worked as “voice-over talent” for commercials. His personal "biggest" ad line was that of “Secret: strong enough for a man but made for a woman."

While struggling to become a film star, Warren Beatty worked as a restaurant dinner music pianist.

The 1991 Truth or Dare documentary about Madonna's 1990 international concert tour was shown in Australia and New Zealand under the title of In Bed with Madonna.

While studying at the Filmic Writing Program at USC, John Singleton won three writing awards from the university. He was given a contract with Creative Artists Agency during his sophomore year.

The 1999 surprise hit Blair Witch Project cost about $50,000 to produce and grossed $29 million in its first weekend of wide release. It ultimately grossed more than $240 million.

While the first American performance of the “Nutcracker” ballet occurred in 1944, and was produced by the San Francisco Ballet, it was the New York City Ballet's 1954 production, by George Balanchine, that served as the inspiration for the “Nutcracker” ballets performed across the country today.

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