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10194__gere_lEver hear the one about Jamie Lee Curtis being a hermaphrodite? Or J.Lo insuring her booty for a cool million? Or Marilyn Manson getting his start by playing the dorky Paul on The Wonder Years? Of course you have! They’re all celebrity urban myths, and Nerve.com has just released a list of their 40 favorite celebrity rumors ever. Ranging from the turn of the century (Clara Bow and the footballers) to last week (Does Suri exist?), each story is a humdinger, and despite being disproven in most cases, they’ve managed to linger around much longer than their subjects would have liked. Case in point: In a recent interview with Ain’t It Cool News to promote Rocky Balboa, Sylvester Stallone brought up Nerve’s No. 1 rumor, only to deny having been the source of it. He was referring, of course, to the urban legend about Richard Gere (pictured) — you know the one. (Stallone told AICN he believes Gere blames him for spreading the tale and still holds a grudge against Stallone for allegedly getting him fired from 1974’s The Lords of Flatbush; Gere has declined to respond to Stallone’s claims.) Anyway, the list makes for an interesting read, not least because Nerve suggests that the era of such whispered myths is over, now that gossip bloggers and YouTube users tend to ensure instant confirmation of the most salacious celebrity rumors. Think that’s true, or can stars still preserve an aura of mystery around their deepest secrets?

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  • Fatima

    That list sure liked penises.
    Thank you for that, EW! I had never heard the Anna Wintour/Bob Marley one and I pray in my heard the Nancy Reagan one is true.

  • Ep Sato

    Stallone was in a porn called the “italian stallion”. Did that one ever get disproved? hehe.
    It’s a shame the days of Richard Gere in San Francisco are over. Because nowadays it seems celebs go out of their way to get talked bad about (Refer to the Britney Spears lack of panty incident for better details).

  • justjudith

    the weird thing about the richard gere one is that EVERYONE in l.a. swears they knew someone who worked at the hospital he went to and they can vouch for the authenticity of the story lol.

  • Jakeem

    How about the one that says it took assassins all day to murder the Russian mystic Rasputin? Was it true or just a hysterical SNL skit?
    Come to think of it, SNL did a thing about Catherine the Great, too. Only her lover was the famous Mr. Ed!

  • Mike

    A bizarre celebrity rumor from the past: Once, at a party on the east coast, my brother was told a story by a student of his of how this student’s brother met Marlon Brando at a party, and Marlon Brando told a story about William Shatner being in a love triangle with Adrian Zmed and Merv Griffin. Three years later, I’m on the west coast, and I meet a guy at a party, who swears his cousin was at a party, where this cousin met Marlon Brando, who then proceeded to tell a story about William Shatner being in a love triangle with Adrian Zmed and Merv Griffin. Now, I can sort of understand how the rumor of the love triangle might have come to be, but how the heck did Marlon Brando make it into these stories? And for both my brother and myself, the people we met were utterly convinced that these events really happened. Anyone else out there know someone who was at this party with Marlon Brando?

  • Ep Sato

    Jakeem, the Rasputin story is true. The guys who tried to kill him were incompetent bafoons and the guy was tough as nails. Where the story gets into eerie rumor territory is that it was alleged that he survived the assasination.

  • Jakeem

    Thanks for the information. Now how about the urban legend that the little people who played the Munchkins misbehaved during the filming of “The Wizard of Oz”?

  • sam

    Many of these are interesting and funny. But I am sorry that they included the Tracy/Hepburn stuff. Hepburn was “scandalous” because she did exactly what she wanted to do with men and didn’t need to marry them. In this stupid homophobic society, claiming after death that somebody was “really gay” sells books, but it is often no more than baseless speculation.I hope we will see the day when sexual orientation is just a fact and not something to be whispered about, often falsely.

  • Deb

    Are they referring to the Richard Gere gerbil incident? I heard about it right after Pretty Woman came out. Plus I heard Stallone started out in soft core porn at the beginning of his career, no-I don’t know the titles, though.

  • furry_tom

    How much would it cost to rent Richard Gere for a party?

  • Ep Sato

    Deb, this is “the Italian Stallion” which I referred to, but have not yet gotten solid confirmation about.
    Why has no one released this little gem on DVD?
    Oh, and this one’s actually true: Former WWF wrestler Roddy Roddy Piper starred in several pornos in the 1970’s. And while the cutey from the Brady Bunch was not IN a porno, one of the Brady girls did indeed write the MUSIC for a porno.
    For the record, I’ve never been a porno, but I did recently break my leg in a tragic Vespa scooter related accident that involved Richard Gere, and apparently a gerbil.

  • Greg

    The Stallone porn was originally titled something like “Party and Cindy and Stud’s” but they changed the title after the success of Rocky to “The Italian Stallion.” I haven’t actually seen the footage but I hear it is pretty mild by today’s standards. You can get images from in a lot of places online.

  • furry_tom

    I heard they changed the name of that Stallone movie again in the 90’s to “Judge Headd”.

  • furry_tom

    Or how about “Cliff Hung”?

  • furry_tom

    Or how about just “Ram Bone”? (I spent the last three months trying to come up with that).

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