History Stories
CATEGORY: Hollywood
Golden Age Hollywood Had a Dirty Little Secret: Drugs
March 1, 2018

Many memorable performances were fueled by “pep pills.” Read More

Academy Award Winners Who Rejected Their Oscars
February 26, 2018

Here’s why three famous winners didn’t take their Oscars home. Read More

How Classic Hollywood’s Party Culture Turned Women Into Prey
January 23, 2018

Female extras and dancers were often lured to parties under false pretenses. Read More

How TV Killed Hollywood’s Golden Age
January 3, 2018

Television brought film into people’s homes—but flattened Hollywood. Read More

This Tinseltown Tyrant Used Sexual Exploitation to Build a Hollywood Empire
October 17, 2017

“King Cohn” lived up to his despicable reputation. Read More

What Happened When Hugh Hefner Invited 20 Sociologists to the Playboy Mansion
September 28, 2017

In 1965, a group of sociologists peeked behind the curtains of a Playboy Mansion party. For science! Read More

The Hollywood Extortion Racket That Gave Us Today’s Summer Blockbusters
August 9, 2017

It’s part of the legacy of a now-illegal practice that once allowed film studios to completely control what audiences saw. Read More

9 Things You May Not Know About Bugsy Siegel
February 26, 2016

On the anniversary of "Bugsy” Siegel’s birth, check out nine fascinating facts about one of American history’s most iconic gangsters. Read More

When New Jersey Was Film Capital of the World
February 25, 2016

When Hollywood was still a dusty outpost surrounded by orange groves a century ago, the motion picture industry was born in a vastly different locale—Fort Lee, New Jersey. Read More

10 Things You May Not Know About James Dean
September 25, 2015

Get the facts on the actor who epitomized coolness and youthful angst. Read More