Looking back at old Hollywood actresses brings up all kinds of exciting behind the scenes stories and scandalous gossip. While the golden age of cinema often conjures up images of sulky leading men and glamorous Hollywood bombshells, the era was also an outrageous time of Hollywood cougars and unscrupulous seductresses.
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These female movie stars did what they wanted when they wanted and only got more willful from the gossip their affairs stirred up. This, however, often left innocent third parties under the bus in shocking ways, by the standards of any era. For example, British actress, Vivien Leigh, won the Academy Award for Best Actress twice in her career. First for her definitive performances as Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind and then as Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire. But alongside these great achievements, Leigh was also known for her intensity and her beauty. But her notoriously volatile marriage to actor and director, Sir Laurence Olivier didn’t come easily or, in point of fact, ethically. Leigh watched Olivier in a play, and declared, “That’s the man I’m going to marry.”
The fact that Olivier was already married didn’t stop Leigh. She followed him and his wife to where they were vacationing on the Italian island of Capri. Leigh and Olivier got together, even though his wife at that time, actress Jill Esmond, was pregnant. The less-than-honorable Olivier gave her the boot and married Leigh soon after. Other actresses like Jayne Mansfield, are probably more associated with raunchy and fabulous fun times than any other actress in the history of Hollywood. The famous photo of Sophia Loren side-eyeing Mansfield’s prominent cleavage is a perfect example of Mansfield’s impact in Tinseltown.
So, join us as we take a deep dive into these famous actresses, their raunchy ways, and the often damaging aftermath of their actions.
Old Hollywood Actresses Who Were Infamous for Sleeping Around