10 of Hollywood’s Most Infamous Love Triangles, Trysts and Affairs
Tinseltown has a long history of celebs ‘fessing up after being caught with their pants down.
As long as celebrities have roamed the streets of Tinseltown they’ve found trouble in the bedrooms of Tinseltown. In fact, the list of celebs who could have used the services of an Olivia Pope, crisis manager extraordinaire on the hit TV series Scandal, literally dates back to the days before the famed Hollywood sign.
With Scandal on hiatus until the new year, we’ve compiled a list of 10 of Hollywood’s most infamous love triangles, trysts and affairs that should hold you over until Olivia Pope returns.
The headline: Silent film star is accused of raping hopeful starlet, who succumbs to her injuries.
Beneath the sheets: In September, 1921, during some down time at a hotel with friends, allegations arose that Arbuckle raped a 30-year-old aspiring actress named Virginia Rappe with a coke bottle, rupturing her bladder. She died of a combination of the injury and peritonitis.
The headline: The lovable tramp has trouble keeping his pants on – particularly around younger women – and not just because he’s too poor to buy a belt.
Beneath the sheets: Where to start? In 1918, Chaplin, then 29, impregnated 17-year-old actress Mildred Harris and then married her to avoid controversy. It turns out she wasn’t pregnant. Later in the 1920s, Chaplin, 35, married actress Lita Grey, 17. You’ll never guess why – he got her pregnant. They had a few kids before enduring a bitter and messy divorce. In 1932, at the age of 43, Chaplin met actress Paulette Goddard, 21, whom he eventually married and divorced. In the 1940s Chaplin reportedly had an affair with actress Joan Barry, who took him to court with a very public paternity suit. Then, like any level-headed 54-year-old facing a public trial would do, he married 18-year-old Oona O’Neil, with whom he eventually had eight children and remained married to for the rest of his life.
The headline: Married director Roberto Rossellini and married actress and mother Ingrid Bergman begin a love affair while shooting the 1950 film Stromboli.
Beneath the sheets: Talk about one of the original tabloid couples. Not only did they have an affair, but they also conceived a child. Bergman left her dentist husband and her daughter, while Rossellini left his wife. Bergman’s squeaky clean public image, a result of her many famously pious Hollywood starring roles, was unfairly held against her and fuelled even more outrage among the morality police – a.k.a. the public. Remember, this was the Leave it to Beaver loving 1950s when people were far more naïve.
The headline: Crooner and actor Eddie Fisher left his actress wife Debbie Reynolds for one of her best friends, fellow silver screen star Elizabeth Taylor.
Beneath the sheets: It all started in March 1958, when Taylor’s husband Mike Todd died in a plane crash. Reynolds kindly cared for Taylor’s children while she grieved, eventually allowing her husband, Fisher, to move in with Taylor to care for her. Wouldn’t you know it, Fisher and Taylor struck up an affair and Fisher eventually divorced Reynolds and married Taylor in 1959.
The headline: In 1977, at age 43, the famed director allegedly drugged and raped Samantha Jane Gailey, 13.
Beneath the sheets: The details are disturbing, but essentially Polanski drugged his victim and then allegedly forced himself on her while under the pretence of photographing her for French Vogue at Jack Nicholson’s home (Nicholson was away and his girlfriend, Anjelica Huston, had gone out). Polanski denied the charges “rape by use of drugs, perversion, sodomy, lewd and lascivious act upon a child under fourteen, and furnishing a controlled substance to a minor” but agreed to a plea bargain of “of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor.”
The headline: Rob Lowe is involved in two sex tapes, including one that included a 16-year-old girl.
Beneath the sheets: Here’s one that Olivia Pope could really sink her teeth into. In 1988, Lowe, then 24, was in Atlanta for the Democratic National Convention on behalf of Democratic presidential candidate Michael Dukakis. While there, he was videotaped having sex with two women, one of whom was 16-years-old – which was the age of consent in Georgia where the tape was filmed. A second tape emerged of Lowe having sex with a woman in Paris.
The headline: Woody Allen, 57, is discovered having an affair with Mia Farrow’s adopted daughter, Soon-Yi Previn, 21.
Beneath the sheets: Allen and Farrow had been together for 13 years, though never married and lived apart, when she visited his apartment in 1992 and discovered nude photos of Previn. Allen allegedly admitted to the affair and a nasty break-up followed.
The headline: “Hollywood Madam” Heidi Fleiss was arrested in 1993 for running a prostitution ring that reportedly included many high-profile Hollywood personalities as clients.
Beneath the sheets: Fleiss began running her own prostitution ring when she was in her mid-20s and got rich quick thanks to her high-profile and wealthy clientele. Her arrest sent shockwaves through Tinseltown, with lots of speculation about whether Fleiss’ infamous little black book would be opened for all to see. One name, however, did leak — Charlie Sheen. The actor, who years later created his own media frenzy with his drug and alcohol-fuelled romps with porn stars, was outed as one of Fleiss’ clients thanks to his method of payment. “When I was arrested, his traveler’s checks were in my purse,” Fleiss told Oprah Winfrey. “If he didn’t pay in travelers checks or if I had cashed the traveler’s checks, none of this would have happened. So, both of us made a mistake.”
The headline: Actor Hugh Grant caught in Hollywood with a prostitute – news to his fans, the media and, most of all, his girlfriend Elizabeth Hurley.
Beneath the sheets: In 1995, Grant was arrested after being caught engaged in sex acts in his car in public with prostitute Divine Brown on Sunset Boulevard. The incident made headlines everywhere and, on top of that, Grant was about to embark on a media tour for his upcoming film, Nine Months. This resulted in his infamous appearance on The Tonight Show shortly after the arrest, where host Jay Leno kicked off the interview with, “What the hell were you thinking?”
The headline: Schwarzenegger’s marriage to Maria Shriver ends in 2011 when it’s revealed the actor and former governor of California fathered a child with the couple’s maid.
Beneath the sheets: In 1997, Mildred Baena was employed at the Schwarzenegger/Shriver household. She and Maria Shriver were pregnant at the same time and each gave birth to sons a week apart. As it was discovered later, Schwarzenegger fathered Baena’s son as well. In 2011, when Shriver found out about the affair and Schwarzenegger’s other son, she divorced him.