What Really Happened Behind The Scenes In Hollywood’s Golden Age

Hollywood’s Golden Age started in the silent movie era and lasted until the early ’60s when Cleopatra, the most expensive film ever made, hit the big screen and nearly bankrupted 20th Century Fox in the process. The films of the Golden Age made an exorbitant amount of money and starred many glamorous celebrities.

While it’s easy to look back on the era with rose-colored glasses, there were many incidents that took place behind the scenes and in people’s personal lives that reveal some unflattering truths in Hollywood.

Superman George Reeves Died Under Suspicious Circumstances

The Adventures of Superman star George Reeves died of a gunshot wound on June 16, 1959. The general consensus is that the actor took his own life because he suffered from depression, which was partially caused by his struggle to find work following the end of his series.

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However, some believe MGM vice president and fixer Eddie Mannix had Reeves killed because the star was having an affair with his wife, Toni Mannix. Another theory is that Reeve’s death was the result of an accidental shooting. Toni died in 1983 and allegedly confessed to a priest that she was the reason why Reeves was killed.