C.S. Lewis and Aldous Huxley continued to receive speaking and publishing offers for years after they died because they both expired on the same day as John F. Kennedy and their obituaries were “buried” in the back of the newspapers and were skipped altogether on most nightly news programs due to the assassination.
Anthony Perkins had sex with a woman for the first time at 39. The woman was Victoria Principal, his costar in The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean. The next year he married Berry Berenson (sister of CABARET star Marisa Berenson) who died on September 11 when her plane was crashed into the WTC.
Burl Ives left an estate worth more than $20 million. Much of it came from traditional folk songs copyrighted in his name to receive publishing royalties and the rest from investments.
Benny Hill, who lived in a scarcely furnished working class apartment that none of his friends ever entered, left an estate worth between 10-20 million USD. He died intestate and had no immediate family; it was dispersed among cousins, some of whom didn’t even know him.
Bela Lugosi played Christ in a Rumanian Passion Play shortly before fleeing the country.
William Sanderson, bka Larry from Newhart or E.B. Farnum from Deadwood, has something in common with Robert Gant (born Gonzales), the studly professor from Queer as Folk: both are lawyers. (Sanderson never practiced, Gant did until he got his acting break.)
Dawn Wells of Gilligan’s Island owns a company that makes clothing for bedridden patients. It’s called Wishing Wells, is very successful, and she really does design them herself. (The inspiration was when she was caring for dignified invalid relatives and made clothing for them because she couldn’t find “pretty” clothes that would work for them; it was Natalie “Mrs. Howell” Schafer (who was a millionaire in her own right, not just the wife of one, due to real estate investments as a contract player), who she was also caregiver for, who convinced her to start the company.
Sophie Tucker is considered by some fashion historians the celebrity who popularized pantsuits for women. She created a stir wearing them in the 20s, years before Garbo and Dietrich. (Bette Midler was inspired by Sophie and named her daughter for her, though she never met her.) Sophie is also believed to be the originator of the line “I’ve been rich and I’ve been poor. Rich is better”, not Pearl Bailey.
Comedian Moms Mabley had two children by the time she was 14 years old. Loretta Lynn became a grandmother in her early 30s (29 by some counts, 31 at others).
Sam Kinison was a Pentecostal minister before becoming a XXX comedian.
Fred G. Sanford was the name of Redd Foxx’s real life brother, the “good kid” in his family who died a middle aged teamster. Redd named the character for him to immortalize him. (The G stood for ‘Glenn’, and his brother really did the "the G stands for ‘gonna beat you up’ stuff.) Foxx was sued for support several times by his mother including at the height of SANFORD & SON, but refused to pay and won the suits. (His mother abandoned him and his brother when they were very small and he felt no moral obligation to care for her.)
“Aunt Esther” Lawanda Page was a stripper at one point and a lifelong friend of Redd’s from childhood on. This is a relatively work safe picture of her as a stripper.
Character actor Harold Gould (bka Rhoda’s dad or Rose’s boyfriend from GOLDEN GIRLS) is one of the best educated actors in the business. He has two MAs and a Ph.D.