Dark Secrets Unveiled: Whitney Houston, George Michael, Farrah Fawcett, Clark Gable, and Carrie Fisher

2023-09-30 04:13:00
Whitney Houston, George Michael, Farrah Fawcett, Clark Gable y Carrie Fisher

Whitney Houston’s private life frequently became fodder for the tabloid press, which focused on her drug abuse and violent marriage. But the singer was able to keep a secret until her death, telling only a few very close people.

Filmmaker Kevin Macdonald’s efforts to make the documentary Whitney led him to a disturbing family revelation. His brother, Gary, launched strong accusations against the singer Dee Dee Warwick – the Houstons’ cousin -, claiming that she had been a victim of her abuse. Disturbingly, Kevin’s findings also suggested that Dee Dee had allegedly subjected Whitney to the same form of abuse.

Mary Jones, who was an assistant and friend of the protagonist of The Bodyguard, told the documentary cameras about the day she found out the secret. “(Whitney) looked at me and said, ‘Mary (…) I was abused at a young age too.’ She told me: ‘But she wasn’t a man, she was a woman.’ She had tears in her eyes and continued: ‘Mom doesn’t know what we’ve been through.’”

Although the singer never spoke publicly about the alleged abuse, she may have hinted at it in an interview. When asked what makes her angry, Houston responded: “Child abuse makes me angry. It bothers me that children, who are helpless, depend on adults for security and love. It just bothers me. It disgusts me”.

“My feelings towards the press were so horrendous… I was so outraged,” George Michael declared in one of his few television interviews. Among the occasional public and media scandals that dotted the life and career of the British singer, the narrative changed after his death, shedding the light of a compassionate guardian.

According to the Associated Press, Michael had made a number of significant donations to various charitable causes, including Childline, Macmillan Cancer Support and the Terrence Higgins Trust, an HIV awareness organisation. The artist hid these acts of generosity. He meticulously made sure that his involvement remained a secret from everyone except the beneficiaries.

Esther Rantzen, founder of Childline, shared an especially intriguing detail: George donated all of the royalties from one of his most listened-to hits—like “Jesus to a Child” and others—to the organization. Esther’s words, relayed to the Associated Press, stated that the musician’s contributions amounted to millions of dollars over the years.

In 1983, when astronaut Sally Ride made the first of her two trips outside our atmosphere, she made history as the first American woman in space. She became a large presence in the NASA community, promoting education and interest in space among young people. After her death, then-President Barack Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom. But it would not be precisely after her sad death, in 2012, when it emerged that she was gay.

Between 1982 and 1987 Sally was married to astronaut Steven Hawley, but during that time she began a parallel relationship with Tam O’Shaughnessy, which she kept secret. When her obituary referred to her as “his partner of 27 years,” the public finally discovered the truth of this love that blossomed in her shadows.

Tam O’Shaughnessy y Sally Ride

Years after her death, a judicial process revealed an aspect of Farrah Fawcett’s life that until then had remained hidden. It was learned that she had maintained communication and a romantic relationship with her college boyfriend, Greg Lott, which she rekindled in 1998 and continued until her death in 2009.

Farrah and Greg attended the University of Texas and maintained a romantic bond during their years of study. The celebrity included Lott in her will, proof of their lasting bond. When the man spoke to >, he stated that what was between them was something like “a loving, consensual relationship of complicity towards each other.”

Farrah Fawcett con Greg Lott

Once the secret was known, rumors circulated of a love triangle in which Ryan O’Neal, Fawcett’s ex-partner, and Greg were involved. And Ryan and Farrah had an on-and-off relationship for three decades. In fact, Greg claimed that the actor prevented him from being with the actress during her last days. Farrah died of cancer at age 62.

The late presenter Johnny Carson had an affair for years with a woman from Texas, whose identity was not revealed. He maintained the relationship when he visited the state to check out his investment in a shopping center. Henry Bushkin, his lawyer, wrote a book about Carson in which he highlighted his alleged love affairs. In those pages, Bushkin refers to Johnny’s mistress as “Miss Texas.”

In 1973, Pelé demonstrates his skills before Johnny Carson, on his NBC show (AP)

The book claims that the presenter and his lover met in 1974 and had a relationship for eight or nine years. Despite the inclusion of the alleged lover in the book, her identity was never revealed. She may still be somewhere in the world, but who she is remains a mystery.

Although Bushkin’s book includes information about some of the encounters with “Miss Texas,” Joanne Copeland, Carson’s second wife, denied at least one of the anecdotes. When Johnny died in 2005, he was still married to his fourth wife.

Decades after Clark Gable’s death in 1960, and shortly before her own, Loretta Young admitted that her daughter, Judy Lewis, was conceived with the star of Gone with the Wind (1939). This was confirmed in Loretta’s authorized biography, Forever Young: The Life, Loves, And Enduring Faith Of A Hollywood Legend, which was published a few months after her death.

The biography indicates that Loretta became pregnant by Clark while they were filming The Call of the Wild (1935). She then left public life: she would have secretly given birth to her daughter. Judy herself published suspicions that Clark Gable was her father in her book Uncommon Knowledge, but her mother never confirmed the old rumor. At age 31, Judy confronted Loretta to find out who her father was, and that was when she finally told her the truth.

Clark’s other son was John Clark Gable: he had him with his fifth wife, Kay Spreckles, and was born after the actor’s sudden death in November 1960.

Carrie Fisher, en 1977 (Getty Images)

Revealed in a biography after her death, Carrie Fisher – an actress known for playing Princess Leia Organa in the original Star Wars films – had relationships with David Bowie and Freddie Mercury in 1973, when she was only 17 years old. According to Darwin Porter and Danforth Prince’s unauthorized biography, Carrie Fisher & Debbie Reynolds: Princess Leia & Unsinkable Tammy In Hell, Freddy and David tricked their respective partners into being with her at the time.

Carrie supposedly met the two rock stars through Mick Jagger, when she attended one of the Rolling Stones singer’s parties with her mother, Debbie Reynolds. Darwin Porter is an old Hollywood insider who, among others, interviewed Joan Hackett, one of Carrie’s closest friends. Hackett revealed to Darwin some of the things she said about her time with David Bowie. According to Joan, she said: “I took drugs with him. “I have no one to blame but myself for my future addiction, but he certainly led me to the water to drink.”

Bing Crosby (Cummings Archives/Redferns)

Actor Bing Crosby not only hung out with small-time mobsters, but was also friends with some high-level ones, like Jack Machine Gun McGurn, one of the alleged gunmen of the Chicago St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. According to FBI documents, Crosby’s ties to organized crime are long. One of the reasons why the artist spent so much time with gangsters was simply because he wanted to have someone to play golf with. Biographer J. Roger Osterholm noted that “Bing simply loved golf; “He didn’t care who he played with, I insist that he was very innocent, he just played golf.”

Although some of the interactions may have been innocent, one of the FBI documents claims that Bing had to pay $10,000 to remove a mob-related threat. These documents dictate that there were several threats against Bing Crosby’s life by various members of the organized crime syndicate.

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