They Did What!?: The Funny, Weird, Wonderful, Outrageous, and Stupid Things Famous People Have Done

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Andrews McMeel Publishing, Dec 18, 2012 - Humor - 288 pages
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Whether they're actors or singers, politicians or statesmen, famous folks have no choice but to stand squinting in the limelight as their odd and offbeat exploits become fodder for scrutiny. Author Bob Fenster has captured all their hilarious, behind-the-scenes antics in They Did What!? Consider, for example: The Beach Boys originally wanted to call their group the Pendletons, so they could get free shirts from the Oregon clothing manufacturer; At her wedding, movie star Lana Turner had "I love you" spelled out in pimentos in the sides of baked hams; Before they hit it big in the movies, Angelina Jolie studied to be a funeral director and Sean Connery polished coffins. Filled with hundreds of fascinating escapades and interesting idiosyncrasies, They Did What!? also looks at issues associated with fame, such as "Why do famous people marry other famous people?" and includes tongue-in-cheek lessons we can learn from celebrities, like "How to become famous and still get into heaven."
 

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Contents

Elvis you mind moving that truck?
12
The razor blade on the computer
25
Oh my God Garth Brooks is melting
39
Unstandard operating procedures
58
Tom Cruise almost became a what?
74
Naked PingPong and the anchovy defense
84
Marilyn Monroes toe and other famous body parts
97
In the realm of the favored spirits
112
Darling heres that Komodo dragon I promised
142
Baby Greatest and the old guy who pulled ten boats
157
In the bath with the Beatles
173
The cowboy who went out west to Philadelphia
177
Do I want to star in one of the most papular
193
Celebrity fleas and a better class of insult
209
Hef watch out for those astonished women
223
HOW TO BECOME FAMOUS
263

Robert De Nrro wants to know
128

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Bob Fenster is the author of Duh! The Stupid History of the Human Race, Twisted, Laugh Off, and They Did What!? as well as three novels, two puzzle books, and one play. His writing has appeared in the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Reader's Digest, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He lives with his wife and three sons in Santa Cruz, Calif., when he's not touring his one-man show, The Stupid History of the Human Race.

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