The bigger they are, the harder they fall. These ten celebrities were once on top of the world, enjoying widespread success and popular acclaim. Then a scandal erupted that ended their high-flying careers, some quickly and others painfully slowly.



Jayne Mansfield

publication date: Friday, October 26, 2012

category: Movies

clue: There was no single event that brought down this sexy star of the late 1950s, but stripping on screen and then on stage were dignified preludes to alcohol abuse and a fatal car accident.

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Matthew Preston, Mike Rothstein, and Steve Dunn


Gary Glitter

publication date: Thursday, October 25, 2012

category: Music

clue: Being charged with raping and molesting children in Britain and Vietnam were not very glamorous for this 1970s rock star.

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Matthew Preston, Mike Rothstein, and Steve Dunn


Mackenzie Phillips

publication date: Wednesday, October 24, 2012

category: Television

clue: This daughter with a famous papa tried to stay off drugs one day at a time, but they ultimately cost her a plum role in a sitcom.

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Matthew Preston, Mike Rothstein, and Steve Dunn

trivia: This was the 2500th celebrity goo.


Jim Bakker

publication date: Tuesday, October 23, 2012

category: Religion

clue: This married televangelist raked in more than a million dollars a week during the 1980s, but went to prison for keeping some of it for himself (and his mistress Jessica).

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Matthew Preston, Mike Rothstein, and Steve Dunn


Dominique Strauss-Kahn

publication date: Monday, October 22, 2012

category: Government

clue: This economist and IMF honcho was on track to become president of France until a New York maid became the first of several women to call him a rapist.

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Matthew Preston, Mike Rothstein, and Steve Dunn


Fatty Arbuckle

publication date: Friday, October 19, 2012

category: Movies

clue: Hollywood likes when its stars hook up, but not when it turns into rape and murder.

explanation: Arbuckle was tried for the rape and murder of actress Virginia Rappe. He was found innocent, but his career was ruined. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Denise Sawicki, Matthew Preston, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, and Erik Bates


Marion Jones

publication date: Thursday, October 18, 2012

category: Sports

clue: She won a five medals around the world in Sydney, but had to give them all back when controversy erupted here at home.

explanation: Jones was forced to return her Olympic medals after admitting to using performance-enhancing drugs. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Matthew Preston, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, and Erik Bates


Anthony Weiner

publication date: Wednesday, October 17, 2012

category: Government

clue: A man whose own name is a sexual euphemism had to expect a press firestorm after he sexted another woman on the Twitter account he used to interact with his New York constituents.

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Matthew Preston, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, and Erik Bates


Jerry Lee Lewis

publication date: Tuesday, October 16, 2012

category: Music

clue: The singer of "Great Balls of Fire" and "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" never recaptured his early success after marrying his adolescent cousin.

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Matthew Preston, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, Erik Bates, and Tony Peters


James Frey

publication date: Monday, October 15, 2012

category: Literature

clue: When he was caught lying to Oprah, his career was shattered into a million little pieces.

explanation: Frey's rehab memoir A Million Little Pieces, praised by Oprah Winfrey, turned out to be largely fictional. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Matthew Preston, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, Erik Bates, and Tony Peters


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