Unpublished Vintage Photos Show A Different Side To History

By Sophia Maddox | February 17, 2024

A 20-year-old Nick Nolte was arrested in Omaha for selling counterfeit draft cards in 1961.

Pop culture fans rejoice! This collection of groovy-era photos you've never seen before will not only make you miss the old days of skateboards, boomboxes, and Happy Days re-runs, but will give you some behind-the-scenes tidbits and facts you never knew about your favorite movie and television stars, the biggest films, the coolest trends, and the hottest singers. You might learn a few things you never knew before about the sixties, seventies, and eighties. 

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In this 1961 mugshot, the first of Nick Nolte’s two arrests, the would-be actor looks a lot more clean-cut than he does in his 2002 mugshot (seriously, Google it). It was that wholesome image that spared Nolte a lengthy prison sentence when he was arrested in 1961 for selling counterfeit draft cards. His conviction carried a maximum sentence of 45 years in prison, but a kindly judge took pity on the young man in the button-down shirt and crew cut. The judge worked out a deal so Nolte could attend classes at the local community college in the mornings, spend his afternoons at football practice, then spend his evenings in a jail cell. 

Marilyn Monroe being interviewed while promoting the film “Love Happy” in 1949.

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Marilyn Monroe was a relative unknown when she appeared in a walk-on role in the 1949 musical comedy Love Happy. The film, which was directed by David Miller, was written by Mac Benoff and Frank Tashlin with inspiration from a Harpo Marx story. Love Happy starred Harpo Marx, Groucho Marx, and Chico Marx. In general, it ranks in last place among Marx Brother films. Later in his career, Groucho Marx acknowledged that it was a terrible film, but he said that the most memorable thing about it was Marilyn Monroe.