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10 Showbiz Legends Debunked


“Entertainment Weekly” has debunked 10 infamous showbiz myths. Although some of them were debunked AGES ago.

For instance, I don’t think anyone still believes Mikey from the Life Cereal commercials died from mixing Pop Rocks and Coca-Cola.  (He didn’t die at all, in fact.)

And by now, we all know that the kid who played Paul on “The Wonder Years” isn’t Marilyn Manson.  (He went to Yale and became an attorney.)

Here are the other myths that “EW” debunks:

“Goldfinger” actress Shirley Eaton was NOT in mortal danger from the gold paint they covered her in.


–The scream heard in the Ohio Players song “Love Rollercoaster” is not the scream of an actual woman in distress.  It was provided by keyboard player Billy Beck.

–Mama Cass from the Mamas & the Papas didn’t die by choking on a ham sandwich. She died of a heart attack in bed. But there was a ham sandwich by her side, which made for a good story, since she was 220 pounds.

–There is NOT a scene in the “Wizard of Oz” where you can see a Munchkin committing suicide by hanging himself in the background.  (What people were actually seeing was a bird.)

–Walt Disney was NOT cryogenically frozen.  He was cremated.

–A little boy’s ghost didn’t appear in front of a window in “Three Men and a Baby”.  It was actually a cardboard cutout of Ted Danson.

–Marisa Tomei was NOT accidentally given an Oscar for “My Cousin Vinny” in 1994, when presenter Jack Palance mistakenly read the wrong name. It was kind of a surprise, but yeah, Marisa won it legit.

–And last but not least, it is NOT true that the “Dueling Banjos” scene in the movie “Deliverance” wasn’t planned, but just happened when the kid with the banjo wandered along and started playing.

The fact is, the scene was totally planned and that banjo kid didn’t even really know how to play.  Someone else did his actual playing for him.

Check out the list, in annoying slideshow format, but with a lot more explanation, here.

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