How Much Do You Know About Scandals of the Stars?

By: Torrance Grey
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About This Quiz

Royalty, celebrities, debutantes -- no matter how you define "star," you can't deny they have a knack for getting in the newspapers, and not always in a good way! Test your knowledge of the peccadilloes of the rich and famous with our quiz!

Kristen Stewart made headlines for an affair with director Rupert Sanders. What film were they making together?

At the time, Stewart was famously dating her "Twilight" co-star Robert Pattinson, who had played dreamy vampire Edward Cullen to her Bella Swan. They've since broken up, but probably not because of the Sanders's affair. Since then, Stewart has quietly come out and dated women.

Which actress turned up at a stranger's home in rural California and made herself comfortable?

Heche appeared at a home outside Fresno, asked to take a shower, and then settled in to watch television. Her confused impromptu host finally called sheriff's deputies, whom Heche told that she was God. It should be said, though, that Heche has been frank about struggling with mental illness, and she's assembled a solid acting resume in spite of personal difficulties.

Angelina Jolie, who took Brad Pitt away from Jennifer Aniston, met Pitt on the set of which movie?

Pitt and Jolie were making a film about husband-and-wife assassins. The two went on to adopt children together, have biological children, marry, and finally split up.

Before her long relationship with Pitt, Jolie took Billy Bob Thornton away from which actress?

Thornton and Jolie met while they were making the movie, "Pushing Tin." (We're starting to see a pattern here). Dern later said, "I left our home to make a movie, and while I was gone, my boyfriend got married."

Which actress put a dent in her career by posing for a photo with North Vietnamese soldiers?

Fonda, who had strong antiwar views, posed on an anti-aircraft gun with North Vietnamese soldiers. Conservatives took to calling her "Hanoi Jane," but her career recovered.

Which actor is still trying to recover from the release of tapes in which he ranted violently at his girlfriend?

At the time, Gibson was embroiled in a difficult breakup with Oksana Grigorieva, the mother of his daughter, Lucia. She also accused the actor of assault. Gibson's career has yet to fully recover.

Which director came to Gibson's aid when he was persona non grata in Hollywood?

Foster cast Gibson, an old friend, in her 2011 project, "The Beaver," and Gibson was profoundly grateful. He told the New York Times, "I just love her, that's all."

Which actress's career suffered after she publicly announced she didn't want an Emmy nomination?

The problem was, Heigl wasn't saying that her acting didn't merit the award -- she was saying that the material her character Izzie Stevens had been written wasn't up to par. This, naturally, didn't sit well with the show's writers and producers. Since then, she notably took a job in a NyQuil commercial.

Which Brat Pack actor made a sex tape while attending the Democratic National Convention?

Lowe was the punchline of jokes for a while (this was before sex tapes were a good career move). But he recovered nicely with a turn on "The West Wing" as Sam Seaborn.

Which "Beverly Hills 90210" actress earned enemies for chronic lateness and on-set feuds?

Doherty was so unpopular that her character, Brenda Walsh, was packed off to London in the show's later seasons. Doherty traded on her nasty-girl reputation later by briefly hosting "Breaking Up With Shannen Doherty," a reality show in which she had difficult conversations -- including break-ups -- on behalf of people too scared to have them for themselves.

Which actress has become nearly unemployable due to unusually conservative views?

Dash, a onetime commentator for Fox News, has called African-American actor and activist Jesse Williams "a plantation slave" and called for Black History Month to be scrapped. When even Fox News won't keep you on their schedule, you know there's a problem.

Which actress shocked the nation by leaving her husband for director Roberto Rossellini?

Despite the fact that Bergman married Rossellini, instead of just shacking up, her fans were slow to forgive her. The marriage to Bergman produced two daughters, one of whom was Isabella Rossellini (you might have heard of her).

In 1936, King Edward VIII did what in order to marry Wallis Simpson?

Wallis Simpson was an American who apparently won Edward over by taking a firm hand with him, like a grown-up version of a beloved childhood nanny. He gave up the throne to be with her.

What in particular made Wallis Simpson unsuitable to be a queen?

The Church of England refused to marry someone who had been divorced, like Simpson was. The King of England, meanwhile, had to be in good standing with the Church to rule. This presented a seemingly insoluble conflict, until Edward stepped down.

Princess Diana had an extramarital affair with which of these men?

Both the late princess and Hewitt confirmed the affair. Britons might have forgiven Hewitt had he not tried to sell Diana's love letters to him for about ten million pounds. Tacky!

What rumor persists about Diana's lover, Hewitt?

Hewitt emphatically denies this, saying that Prince Harry was already born by the time he met Diana. But the flame-red hair they both have will probably assure that the whispers never completely die down.

Prince Charles was having his own affair during his marriage to Diana. What was his lover's name?

Camilla Parker Bowles is now the Prince's consort and Duchess of Cornwall, though she will never be royalty. But her relationship with Charles has lasted for three decades -- a better record than many aboveboard married couples are able to duplicate!

Southern belle Zelda Sayre was already shocking Montgomery, Alabama, before she fell in love with which budding novelist?

Fitzgerald and Sayre went together like gin and tonic -- they were both flamboyant characters who loved attention. After their marriage, they raised eyebrows in New York with their antics and partying.

Which rock singer supported herself in her early years as a stripper?

Love worked as an exotic dancer in the United States, Japan and Taiwan. She later formed the grammy-winning band, Hole, and acted in films like "The People Versus Larry Flynt."

Which 2000s "pop tart" shaved her head during a rough patch?

Spears had a string of hits, married backup dancer Kevin Federline, and had two children. Then things went sideways. Spears was in and out of rehab, and during this period she impulsively shaved her head at a Los Angeles-area salon.

Taylor Swift's song "Bad Blood" is reportedly about a rift with which singer?

Apparently, Katy Perry "stole" some of Taylor Swift's backup dancers before a Swift tour. Then Perry dated Swift's ex, John Mayer -- but at this point, who hasn't?

Taylor Swift, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian got into a big kerfuffle over which West song?

West used a derogatory term about Swift in the song and claimed to have made her famous (hardly true, since she was accepting a Grammy the first time they crossed paths). West's wife, Kim Kardashian, claimed Swift "approved" the line, but Swift .. well, it's too complicated to recount here. Google it.

Justin Timberlake's "Cry Me a River" video takes a jab at which singer?

This revenge video is about Spears's alleged infidelity. In it, a Britney lookalike leaves her house, only to have Justin and a brunette beauty come in and video themselves having sex in her bed. Ouch!

Justin Timberlake ripped the top off which singer at a Super Bowl performance?

Everyone involved claimed this was accidental, and it might have been -- after all, Jackson was wearing a silicone "petal" over her nipple, which is a decidedly unsexy look to reveal on national television. But what exactly did the choreography call for Timberlake to do, if not rip away her top? Just paw unsuccessfully at her clothing? It's a mystery.

Which singer was fined $80,000 for throwing eggs at a neighbor's house?

Bieber paid $80,900 in restitution for throwing eggs at a house in Calabasas. Really, nearly $81,000? How do we get a celebrity to throw eggs at OUR house?

Which of these reality-TV stars has a sex tape?

The existence of the tapes doesn't seem to have hurt either woman's career. However, one of them spawned an Internet joke --%0D it's about the housewife who got excited thinking that her husband was going to take her to France. After all, he Googled "Paris Hilton."

Martha Stewart, lifestyle brand queen, went to prison briefly for what crime?

Stewart sold off bad stock after getting non-public information about it, and served several months for the infraction. For some people, this was the feel-good story of 2004.

Celebrity cook Paula Deen has been criticized for which of these?

Deen was most harshly criticized for comments she made about black people, including that she wanted to plan a traditional antebellum-style wedding with all black servers for her brother. But Deen has also faced criticism for keeping quiet about a diabetes diagnosis while popularizing recipes high in sugar and fat.

In the 1990s, Charlie Sheen was the biggest name found in the little black book of a Hollywood madam. What was her name?

Heidi Fleiss was arrested for running a prostitution ring in the early '90s, and half of Hollywood's men lived in fear of what details might be spilled afterward. Sheen, then still the highly-regarded star of "Platoon," was revealed to be one of her customers. Nowadays, no one would be surprised.

When Charlie Sheen was fired from "Two and a Half Men" after a public spat with its creator, who replaced him?

Sheen was in and out of rehab at the time, causing tension with the creator of "Two and a Half Men," Chuck Lorre. Lorre and Sheen took turns "insulting" each other by publicly using each other's real names, Levine and Estevez. Mature!

Which comedian was arrested for performing a lewd act in an adult theater?

Reubens was best known for creating "Pee-Wee Herman." Although "Pee-Wee's Playhouse" was a parody of children's television, this nuance was lost on many media critics, who acted as though a televangelist had been caught touching himself in that theater.

Which comedian faced charges of possession of child pornography in the early 2000s?

Okay, this one is harder to laugh off. After Reubens's house was searched in 2002, police said they found materials that qualified as child pornography. Reubens countered that the images were part of a vintage erotica collection, including some of teenaged nudes who weren't engaging in sex acts. The charges were eventually dropped.

Which gifted young athlete was chased from his house by his irate wife?

Woods was one of the most respected athletes in any sport, until his wife, Elin Nordegren, had a meltdown over his infidelity. The dam burst, and news of nearly a dozen affairs came spilling out.

Which professional wrestler died in a horrifying double murder and suicide in 2007?

Benoit, a legend in the WWE (formerly WWF), killed his wife and 7-year-old son before hanging himself in his weight room. The media were quick to suggests steroids as the reason, but Benoit's autopsy revealed terrible brain damage, presumably from injuries sustained in his long career. The exact cause of Benoit's actions remains unknown.

Which U.S. athlete made headlines for vandalism at the Rio 2016 Olympic games?

Lochte and several other swimmers were confronted by security guards after they urinated outside a bathroom and Lochte tore a poster. They then gave the guards money to make the situation go away. But when Lochte misrepresented the guards's actions as a robbery by men with fake police badges, it became an international incident. Lochte has since tried to repair his reputation with a stint on "Dancing With the Stars."

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