16 shocking facts about your favorite celebrities you had no idea about

16 shocking facts about your favorite celebrities you had no idea about

They may have very public lives but that doesn't mean that our favorite stars don't have their own personal quirks. Here are some things we bet you didn't know

There are a lot of cool things about celebrities we bet you didn't know. They may have very public lives but that doesn't mean they don't have their own personal quirks. Here are 16 things that we bet you didn't know about your favorite celebrity.

1. Steve Buscemi was an FDNY firefighter when he was a teenager


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He's a big TV name, but before fame found him, Steve Buscemi found public service. In the early 80s, Steve Buscemi was a part of the New York Fire Department. Steve returned to service in 2001 when he re-joined his old company to help clean up the aftermath of the September 11 attacks. The actor even made a documentary about the FDNY titled 'A Good Job'.


2. The actor who plays the adorable spacehead Luke Dunphy on Modern Family is actually super smart


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Nolan Gould plays a kid that's got his head in the clouds, but unlike Luke Dunphy, Nolan ould has an IQ of 150 and is also a part of Mensa. Nolan's so smart that he graduated high school at the early age of 13. 

 
3. Martin Luther King Jr., Barack Obama, and Hilary Clinton have more Grammys than Katy Perry


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It seems surprising, but all three of them won in the Spoken Word category, while Obama has won a Grammy twice. Katy's been nominated 13 times since 2009, and has never won a Grammy.


4. Elle and Dakota Fanning are related to Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge


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According to research conducted by Ancestry.com, Dakota and Elle Fanning are distant cousins of Kate Middleton. The three of them are said to be descendants of Kind Edward I. A similar research said that Ellen DeGeneres and George Washington are distantly related. 

5. Elvis was born with blonde hair


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Elvis's hair is pretty iconic. The jet-black do, however, was a lie. According to Elvis's stylist Larry Geller, the jailbird rocker had to frequently dye his hair to keep up the jet-black do. This had to be done every 2-3 weeks to keep its jet-black look as his natural blonde hair would start showing. 


6. The actors who played the nasty parents in 'Matilda' were married in real life


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Rhea Pearlman and Danny DeVito played the nasty wormwood couple that got on everyone's last nerve. The two actors were in fact married in real life. Sadly the couple called it quits last year.


7. Natalie Portman earned her bachelor's degree at Harvard while filming Star Wars


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Natalie Portman decided to take a break from acting an enrolled herself in Harvard to earn herself a degree. Following the filming of The Phantom Menace, she enrolled herself in Harvard. But since she was already signed on to the Star Wars franchise, Portman decided to film Attack of the Clones over the summer break. She graduated in 2003. 


8. Kanye applied to study design and fashion at the famous Central Saint Martins in London but was rejected


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Kanye West has had a good run with his Yeezy collection, but before making it big in the fashion world with his own brand and style, Yeezy first applied to study at Central Saint Martins. The institute has turned out greats such as Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen, but Kanye was turned away because he was 'too famous'.

 
9. Leighton Meester was born while her mother served time


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She's known for her famous role as Blair Waldorf from 'Gossip Girl', but unlike her character on television, Leighton's upbringing was far more subdued. Leighton was born to her mother while she was serving a 10-year prison sentence after being busted for a drug smuggling ring. Leighton grew up with her grandma till her mother was released from prison.


10. Kesha is smarter than what she seems to portray


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Kesha may look like a glitter-drunk party girl but the 'Tik-Tok' singer almost had a near-perfect SAT score. Kesha was also a part of the school marching band and the international baccalaureate program.

 
11. Betty White is so old that sliced bread didn't exist before her time


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Betty was born on 17 January 1992, while the sliced bread was sold at a Missouri bakery in July 1928. That's a six-year gap! 


12. Nicolas Cage's real name is Nicolas Kim Coppola


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He goes by the stage name Nicolas Cage which was inspired by his favorite character from the comic books, Luke Cage. Nicolas Cage's son also has a comic book-themed name, Kal-El. That's Superman's real name.


13. Julie Andrews nearly lost her singing voice thanks to an almost-botched surgery


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Julie Andrews had surgery for her vocal chords to get rid of a few benign tumors in 1997. When the 'Sound of Music' actress awoke following the surgery, she found that she could no longer sing. However, the actress made her debut in 'The Princess Diaries 2' where she nailed the entire song in one take. Her performance brought tears to the cast and crew.


15. Will Smith's name is Willard, not William


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You'd naturally expect Will's full name to be William, but it turns out that his real name is Willard. Weird! 


15. Seth MacFarlane is an established musician


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We all know him as the creator of 'Family Guy', but Seth MacFarlane has also been a part of the music scene in a big way. He released two albums and has even been nominated for two Grammys in the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album category.

 

16. Brie Larson also had a hidden music talent

Before she became an award-winnign actress, Brie Larson toured with Jesse McCartney after taking over the radio waves with her debut album, Finally Out of PE. Brie sold nearly 3,500 copies after going on tour. 

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