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 Post subject: Scandal in the Arts
PostPosted: Sun Sep 19, 2010 6:57 am 
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Oscar Wilde

Wilde takes the Marquess of Queensbury to court after he wrote on his calling card that Oscar was a somdomite (spelling). Queensbury is aquitted.

When he leaves the court he is arrested for sodomy and back in court he is found guilty of gross indecency and sentenced to 2 years hard labour.



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 Post subject: Re: Scandal in the Arts
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Charlie Chaplin

Much attention is given to the Joan Barry case. After the actress Joan Barry filled a paternity case in a California court against Chaplin in 1943, an investigation lead to Chaplin being charged with "white slavery," and violating the civil rights of Barry. Chaplin was charged with violating the 1910 Mann Act, also called the White Slave Traffic Act. This federal law prohibited people from transporting women across state lines for "immoral purposes." Originally intended to be a law against prostitution, at times its enforcement was expanded to include any activity considered immoral. Chaplin was acquitted of the charges brought against him in the first two indictments to go to trial and later, the other charges were dropped.

A blood test showed that it was impossible for Chaplin to be the father of Barry's child. However, at the time blood type evidence was not admissible in California courts. The first paternity trial ended in a mistrial. A second trial found Chaplin guilty and he was ordered to pay support until the child's 18th birthday.

After leaving the United States in 1952 to attended the London premiere of his film "Limelight," Chaplin's re-entry visa was revoked, and he was barred from reentering the United States as a security risk. Documents show the bureau's efforts to compile information that would keep him out of the United States. Chaplin decided not to fight the decision and moved to Switzerland. He returned to the United States only once, in 1972, to accept a special Oscar, presented to him at the Academy Awards. According to a 1952 FBI memo, there was no evidence that could be presented that would bar his re-entry into the United States. When informants who had made allegations against Chaplin were asked to testify under oath, all refused.
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 Post subject: Re: Scandal in the Arts
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Anne Perry

Anne Perry famous for her detective novels and, with her best friend Pauline Parker, murdering Parker's mother.

In New Zealand 1954, Anne (then Juliet Hulme) and her best friend Pauline Parker were found quilty of battering Honora Rieper to death with a brick, in a stocking, Because of their age, 15 and 16, they were held at the discretion of the Justice Minister and released after approximately 5 years with the condition they never have any contact with each other again. Anne eventually made her home in Scotland.



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Isadora Duncan

Pioneer of modern dance, known for her bare feet, loose hair, flowing robes and scarves had two children out of wedlock by diffferent men The children drowned in the Seine, aged 7 and 3, after their car went into the river backwards. Isadora also suffered a freak death when the shawl she had wrapped around her body got caught in the wheel of a car and broke her neck.



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Vita Sackville-West

Remembered not just for her writings and gardens, but also for her scandalous affairs with women. Married to diplomat Harold Nicolson they both had affairs with same sex partners while staying together and producing two sons. Probably her most famous relationship was with Virginia Woolf who was inspired by Vita when she wrote Orlando.

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At a raucous, three-day party in 1921, a young starlet became severely ill and died four days later. Newspapers went wild with the story: popular silent-screen comedian Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle had killed Virginia Rappe with his weight while savagely raping her. Though the newspapers of the day reveled in the gory, rumored details, juries found little evidence that Arbuckle was in any way connected with her death.

What happened at that party and why was the public so ready to believe "Fatty" was guilty?

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 Post subject: Re: Scandal in the Arts
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Charlie Sheen - Winning!


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Lupe Velez 1908 - 1944

Velez the Mexican actress, star of the Mexican Spitfire Series of movies, had a high profile relationship with Gary Cooper prior to her marriage to Johnny 'Tarzan' Weissmuller. This affair lasted for years and when she found herself pregnant in 1944 most people thought it was Gary Cooper's child even though she was seeing actor Harald Maresch.





She decided to commit suicide at age 36 and, although, it was reported she had been found in a bed surrounded by flowers, it was also reported that she had got her head stuck in a toilet bowl and drowned. Either way, it's a sad tale of someone so desperate they had to take their own life and that of their unborn child.


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 Post subject: Re: Scandal in the Arts
PostPosted: Sat May 14, 2011 6:23 pm 
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Really interesting thread Hells

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 Post subject: Re: Scandal in the Arts
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Thanks Di, keeps me out of mischief :wink_smile:


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