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Twisted ankles, cracked ribs, and even (gulp!) death -- Hollywood can be a dangerous place. Movie stars aren't immune to accidents, and filmmakers have long had to think up creative ways to deal with the whims of fate.
For Janet Leigh, there was almost nothing sexier than... a sling? When Touch of Evil's romantic interest broke her arm just before filming, director Orson Welles had to decide on an approach. While a beautiful blonde in a cast might have been a mordant touch for a film full of contrarian choices (Charlton Heston as a Mexican?), for once, the iconoclastic director took the safe route: He hid her arm.
After a party at co-star Elizabeth Taylor's house while filming Raintree County, Montgomery Clift ran his car head-on into a telephone pole. His nose was broken and his jaw was crushed. Shooting was suspended and Clift valiantly returned to the set weeks later. Many said he shouldn't have. Heavily medicated and with a wired jaw, the heartthrob's face looked like a mask and he delivered a performance that was stiff at best. Yet the film was a surprising success -- attracting audiences who were curious to get a glimpse of the actor's brutalized face.
Even a Western icon isn't invincible. A horse's misstep while filming The Undefeated threw the Duke to the ground, fracturing two of his ribs. Wayne returned to work after just a few days off, but lightning struck twice when an uncooperative saddle caused yet another spill -- and a dislocated shoulder. "I'm lucky I didn't kill myself," Wayne said. But the show went on and, despite being in excruciating pain, Wayne delivered a top-notch performance, bringing in the film on time and under budget.