Looks can be deceiving. Many Hollywood actresses look like angels sent from heaven but deep inside, they are struggling with some pretty dark stuff like drug addiction, secret pregnancies and wading through multiple marriages. Read on to discover the most infamous actresses of all time.
1. Jean Harlow
Jean became famous during the end of the silent film era. She was known as the “Blonde Bombshell” for her sexy roles and for being vocal about her own sexuality. “I like to wake up each morning feeling a new man,” she once said. But Jean’s roles were not the only reason why she made it to our list. Just a few months after being married to MGM Executive Paul Bern, he was found shot dead and drenched in perfume with a suicide note saying he was too embarrassed to live with his impotence.
2. Yasmine Bleeth
Looking at Yasmine now, you wouldn’t believe she used to be this babe from the hit series “Baywatch.” In the early 90s, the actress seemed to have a promising career but then she developed a nasty cocaine habit which she didn’t hesitate to talk about publicly. She was once quoted saying, “Getting addicted to coke was almost like falling in love. It became my boyfriend, my best friend and my family.” In 2002, she was sentenced to 2 years of probation for the possession of cocaine and driving while under the influence of illegal drugs.
3. Clara Bow
Clara is labelled as the original “It” girl of Hollywood. She was also the original gossip rag’s favorite subject. Several publications claimed she had sex with men, women and even dogs in public. While most of the rumors about her were untrue, they were still printed on major publications.
Over the years, Madonna has reinvented herself but her incarnations have one thing in common, they are all controversial. Her music video for “Justify My Love” was banned from MTV because of nudity, S&M roleplay and for it’s homosexual undertones. She was also infamous for humping a stage while singing “Like a Virgin” during the 1984 Video Music Awards.
5. Zhang Ziyi
Zhang recently earned herself a spot on our list. In May of 2012, the Chinese actress was accused of prostituting herself out to powerful men for a hefty price tag. She allegedly earns at least $100 million while offering pleasure to wealthy businessmen and high-ranking officials in China. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Life? Not anymore.
6. Tara Reid
Tara is known for her role on the first “American Pie” film as the mild-mannered virgin. However, her real life character is the complete opposite of her reel life role. In 2004, the actress was snapped with an exposed and recently augmented left breast during P. Diddy’s 35th birthday party in 2004. Her photo made the headlines and her breast became the talk of the town. Aside from her nip slips, she also became infamous for her drunken antics and subsequent stints in rehab.
7. Elizabeth Taylor
We all know what the actress is known for – her multiple marriages. Elizabeth is infamous for her eight marriages with seven men including Conrad Hilton and Michael Wilding. She also married and divorced Richard Burton twice from 1964 to 1976. When asked why she had so many marriages, she answered, “It was taught by my parents that if you fall in love, if you want to have a love affair, you get married. I guess I’m very old-fashioned.”
8. Michelle Rodriguez
Michelle’s history was indeed “fast and furious.” In 2007, she was sentenced to 180 days in jail after she violated her probation for multiple DWI and DUI charges. She was known for reckless driving and being involved in a hit and run.
9. Miley Cyrus
Of all the actresses in her generation, Miley can be considered as the most controversial. She shocked the world when she transformed from being the conservative Hannah Montana to being a racy pothead who loves to hump on stage. She is especially known for her scandalous “Wrecking Ball” music video where she appeared almost naked.
10. Vanessa Williams
Before Vanessa became the big TV star she is today, she was involved in a nude photo scandal that stripped her off her Miss America 1984 title. Two years before she joined the pageant, she worked as an assistant for photographer Tom Chiapel who took snaps of her in her naked glory. Unfortunately, the photos made their way to Penthouse forcing Vanessa to resign from her position. She then filed a $500 million lawsuit against Chiapel and Bob Guccione, the publisher of Penthouse. She dropped the suit a year later.
11. Carrie Fisher
Apparently, the original Princess Leia used to be the Princess of Crack. In her book and stand-up show “Wishful Drinking”, Carrie admitted that she struggled with bipolar disorder and drug addiction. She confessed that she did cocaine while filming the hit movie “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.” She claimed that she did so much so drugs that John Belushi, one of the most famous drug addicts in Hollywood, commented that she had a problem.
12. Whitney Houston
Whitney is among the greatest divas of all time but her career was tarnished by her drug addiction and her toxic relationship with husband Bobby Brown. Everyone was rooting for her to get better but unfortunately, illegal substances won and took her own life. In a 2002 interview with Dianne Sawyer, Whitney infamously denied being on drugs despite her scary thin appearance. She asserted, “Crack is cheap. I make too much money to smoke it. We don’t do crack. Crack is whack.”
13. Courtney Love
Courtney is synonymous to scandal. She doesn’t shy away from making public appearances while under the influence of alcohol. She is also infamous for her drug-related arrests, probation violations and rehab stints due to cocaine use. When clean and sober, Courtney is a talented musician and an underrated actress who appeared on films like “Man on the Moon” and “The People vs. Larry Flint.” But when she has her bad girl mode on, she gets her hands dirty by feuding with Foo Fighter frontman Dave Grohl, disowning her daughter Frances Bean Cobain on social media and showing up wasted on TV shows.
14. Shannen Doherty
In the 90s, Shennen was Hollywood’s resident bad girl. After she was booted from 90210 after getting into an altercation with producer Aaron Spelling, she posed naked for Playboy magazine and married the notorious Rick Solomon. In 1993, the actress made the headlines when her ex-fiance Dean Factor filed a restraining order against her claiming she pulled a gun on him and threatened to hire a few guys to beat and sodomize him.
15. Angelina Jolie
Before Angelina became a doting mom and Mrs. Pitt, she used to be the baddest actress in town. In the late ‘90s, she became infamous for playing a lesbian model in the movie “Gia.” Since then, rumors followed her as she frequented dominatrix clubs, boned Billy Bob Thornton in a limo and kissed her own brother at the 2000 Oscars.
16. Marilyn Monroe
Last but definitely not the least; Marilyn had a reputation that preceded her. Decades after her death, she is still deemed as a sex symbol not only because of her sexy roles but for the numerous scandals and relationships that she was involved in. She was infamous for her affair with President John F. Kennedy in the 1960s and for her marriages with men who couldn’t keep up with her such as Joe DiMaggio and Arthur Miller. Even her death was filled with controversy. She was believed to have died of a suicide but until now, there are still plenty of people who claim she was murdered.