Great Factoids

UPDATED 03/06/1989 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 03/06/1989 at 01:00 AM EST

Ex-Monkee Michael Nesmith's mother invented Liquid Paper. (8/12/85)

Former CHiPs star Erik Estrada wears a piece of his first son's umbilical cord in a locket around his neck. (10/20/86)

John Travolta wears his briefs inside out so the tag won't scratch. (9/5/83)

Sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer was trained as a sniper when she lived in Israel and at one time was able to assemble a Sten gun—a British submachine gun—blindfolded. (4/15/85)

Dustin Hoffman kept the dresses he wore in the film Tootsie, his favorite being a brown silk number. (1/17/83)

Lionel Richie maintains his college apartment in Tuskegee, Ala., exactly the way it was when he attended Tuskegee Institute in the late '60s. (4/14/86)

Every April 1, until his death in 1981, William Holden sent Barbara Stanwyck a dozen roses for fighting to keep him in the film Golden Boy in 1939. (11/25/85)

When Anthony Quinn was born in 1915 his father, Frank, was fighting alongside Pancho Villa in the Mexican Revolution. (5/2/83)

Tony Perkins lost his virginity to Victoria Principal. (6/13/83)

The Queen of England owns all unmarked swans in Great Britain. (3/7/83)

In 1983 James Garner was awarded a Purple Heart for having been wounded in Korea 32 years before. "I got it in the backside," recalled Garner. "I went into a foxhole headfirst, and I was a little late." (2/28/83)

Author Alex Haley keeps two old sardine cans and 18 cents framed in his home as reminders of a time when that was all he had in the world. (10/12/76)

In 1968, under the name Rainbo, Sissy Spacek recorded a single called "John, You've Gone Too Far This Time," which gently chided John Lennon for appearing nude with Yoko Ono on the cover of the album Two Virgins. (10/3/83)

The women in Charlie's Angels changed their outfits eight times per show. When Farrah Fawcett made a guest appearance in 1979, she changed 12 times. (10/20/86)

E.T. was banned for children in Sweden, Finland and Norway on the grounds that the movie portrays adults as enemies. (2/7/83)

Rambo: First Blood Pari II was the top-grossing movie of all time in Beirut. (7/8/85)

During her first two years on The Jeffersons, security-minded Maria Gibbs kept her job as a reservations clerk for United Airlines. (11/25/85)

Every time The Tonight Show theme is played Paul Anka collects $200 for having written it in 1962. (8/18/83)

Stevie Wonder endorses all contracts with his fingerprint. (3/3/86)

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega is a Baltimore Orioles fan. (12/22-29/86)

One of Sir Alec Guinness's pet theories is that mentally disturbed men generally wear their pants legs either much too long or much too short. (4/7/86)

In Down and Out in Beverly Hills, Nick Nolte ate real dog food. (2/17/86)

Nick Nolte escaped the draft in the '60s because he was on probation for selling forged draft cards. (10/8/79)

Morton Downey Jr. once spent 61 days in jail for bouncing a check. (4/11/88)

Tom Selleck received a gold watch from his father for not drinking, smoking or swearing before his 21st birthday. (3/8/82)

Tom Selleck once appeared on The Dating Game as Bachelor No. 2. He was not selected. (3/8/82)

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