These days it seems as if some celebrity is caught in a scandal every day, but it’s not as if any of these scandals signify something new. Celebs have been involved in scandals, ranging from naked pictures to murder, since the beginning of modern day celebrity. And more than a few of those scandals have been self-imposed.
Probably the most famous scandalous pictures are those of Marilyn Monroe. One that was taken in 1947, landed in the December 1953 issue of Playboy magazine. Other pictures of Marilyn taken in 1962 by photographer Bert Stern and named “The Last Sitting” also landed on the pages of Playboy. In 2008, 46 years after Marilyn’s pictures were shot; Lindsay Lohan imitated “The Last Sitting” for Playboy.
Actor Wallace Reid died in 1923, after a long struggle with morphine addiction brought about by his studio’s need to keep him working despite injuries sustained in an on-location accident. If this sounds familiar, Jeff Conaway also became addicted to prescription medication given to him after an injury sustained on the set of Grease. Conaway died in May 2011 after a drug overdose put him into a coma.
Actress Thelma Todd, known as the Ice Cream Blonde, died mysteriously in 1935 of carbon monoxide poisoning, and although her death was ruled a suicide, there were many people who speculated that she was murdered. Anna Nicole Smith, known for her Guess commercials, died mysteriously in 2007 of an alleged accidental medication overdose. The medications found in Smith’s body were prescribed to her attorney, Howard K. Stern. Stern’s obsessive and controlling behaviors towards Smith have left much speculation regarding how the drugs got into Smith’s system.
Jean Harlow’s life was filled with scandals, starting with nude photos taken when she was 16 years old. Harlow married MGM producer, Paul Bern in July 1932. Two months later Bern was found dead. She was infamous for her relationships with gangsters and an alleged abortion, but somehow Harlow managed to stay in the mainstream of Hollywood. At the age of 15,Traci Lords ran away with her mother’s ex-boyfriend. He helped Lords’ obtain fake I.D. and got her a job as an exotic dancer. Less then one year later, Lords appeared in her first adult film and Penthouse magazine. By the time that she was 18, she had appeared in 100 adult films. In May 1986, authorities arrested the owners of X- Citement Video, Inc. for distribution of child pornography. Traci Lords is the first actress to crossover from adult films to mainstream films. Lords continues to act in mainstream films and lives a relatively quiet life with her husband and son.
Regarding oh so scandalous sex tapes that appear everywhere, on an almost daily basis, this is most definitely nothing new. Marilyn Monroe made a sex tape in the early 1950’s. The footage surfaced in the 1960’s and was confiscated by the FBI. So to the laundry list of celebs that have had their private sex tapes “leaked,” please get an original idea.
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