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Celebrities Who Have Been Blacklisted

Hollywood isn’t the easiest place to navigate – just ask these stars! They all seemed to have really promising careers at one point; howev...

Hollywood isn’t the easiest place to navigate – just ask these stars! They all seemed to have really promising careers at one point; however, they have all ended up on Hollywood’s blacklist for a variety of different reasons. 

Some of them were definitely deserving of this dishonor, but not all of them. Sometimes, big wigs in the industry just like to go after the little guys because they can. Many of the more deserving celebrities really don’t understand what happened to their careers, but we think we might have a clue as to what went wrong. Here are 7 celebrities who have been blacklisted by Hollywood!

7. Thora Birch
A decade ago, Thora Birch was a promising young actress with a career on the rise. She received glowing reviews for her performance in the Academy Award-nominated film “American Beauty” and she had received a Golden Globe nomination for her role in “Ghost World.” Nowadays, that once promising career has completely vanished. She’s no longer on the A-list – or even the C-list for that matter. She thinks that she’s been kicked out of Hollywood because of her difficult behavior. “I pissed a lot of people off over a long period of time and they found a way to upset me, hoping that upset would bring a change in my behavior. Like a distancing…But I’m done, I’m done. People wanted me to be not fine. A lot of it was bullshit,” she said.

It hasn’t helped that her father was her manager for many years. He was the reason that she was fired from the off Broadway revival of Dracula. He reportedly physically threatened one of her co-stars.

6. Isaiah Washington
Isaiah Washington found himself on Hollywood’s blacklist after he made some homophobic comments at the 2007 Golden Globe Awards. He was already on thin ice because it wasn’t the first time that he had been openly homophobic – a year earlier, he had insulted T.R. Knight, his co-star on “Grey’s Anatomy,” with a homophobic slur. Even thought Washington was put into “executive counseling” after the Globes incident, it was soon decided that his contract would not be renewed and that he would be fired. “After the incident at the Golden Globes, everything just fell apart. I lost everything. I couldn’t afford to have an agent…I couldn’t afford to have a publicist…I couldn’t afford to continue,” he said.

The former television star has found a way to continue – by starring in B-list movies; however, he still hasn’t quite recovered from being fired from “Grey’s Anatomy.” “I don’t worry about whether or not the stories I tell will destroy my acting career because, you can’t take away something that doesn’t exist. They killed the actor (in me) on June 7, 2007,” he told I Am Entertainment magazine in 2014.

5. Jim Caviezel
Jim Caviezel believes that Hollywood blacklisted him after he took the lead role in “The Passion of the Christ.” Before he took the role, he was a rising star; however, after starring in the controversial film, he has been shunned by the film industry. Mel Gibson even warned him about this. “The next day, he said, ‘I want you to be aware of what you are going to go through. You may never work again.’ He said that several times publicly. I told him, ‘Mel, this is what I believe. We all have a cross to carry. I have to carry my own cross. If we don’t carry our crosses, we are going to be crushed under the weight of it. So let’s go and do it.’ And we began with the film,” he recalled.

Gibson proved to be right – the film was slammed for being anti-Semitic. Since then, roles for Caviezel have been hard to come by; however, he has no regrets. “Jesus is as controversial now as he has ever been. Not much has changed in 2,000 years,” he said.

4. Katherine Heigl
Several years ago, Katherine Heigl was a sought after actress, but not anymore. Word on the street is that she is really difficult on set and people in Hollywood talk. Insiders on the set of “Life As We Know It” described her as a pain. “She can cost you time every single day of shooting,” the source said. “Wardrobe issues, not getting out of the trailer, questioning the script every single day.” Her mother, who is also her manager, makes things even worse. “I have never experienced anything like Nancy Heigl,” the source said. “It’s about the mouth. ‘F**k you. You are a f**king liar.’ Whatever you’d say, you were an idiot. The call would be, ‘This is the worst craft service we’ve ever had!’” To top it all off, she also has big movie star demands – she wants the best of everything.
Celebrities Who Have Been Blacklisted
Her reputation is so bad that many people in Hollywood won’t even consider her for roles – she’s just not worth it. It still remains to be seen if she can actually repair all of the bridges that she burned.

3. Tippi Hedren
Tippi Hedren was Aflred Hitchcock’s most iconic leading lady. Under his direction, she went from being a model to a respected actress. Unfortunately, he wanted a little more than to just direct her on-screen. He was reportedly quite obsessed with her and made a number of sexual advances, which she rejected. “He stared at me and simply said, as if it was the most natural thing in the world, that from this time on, he expected me to make myself sexually available and accessible to him – however and whenever and wherever he wanted,” she said.

When Hedren tried to get out of her contract with Hitchock, he threatened to ruin her career and then followed through on his threat. Because he had her under contract, he was able to keep her on payroll without actually employing her. He made sure to turn down any film offers that came in from other studios. Looking back, she has a pretty good attitude about the situation. “He ruined my career, but he didn’t ruin my life. That time of my life was over. I still admire the man for who he was,” she said.

2. Sondra Locke
After Clint Eastwood dumped Sondra Locke back in 1989, she found herself blacklisted by all of Hollywood’s major studios. This lasted for a decade. Before the breakup, she had quite the career. She had an Oscar nomination under her belt, had starred in six of his films and she was a budding director.

Her breakup with the legendary director was pretty messy. She arrived home one day to find that he had changed the locks on their shared home and had put her stuff in storage. In response, she filed a palimony suit against him. In 1990, they reached an agreement. Eastwood set up a development/directing pact for her at Warner Bros. in exchange for her dropping the suit. Five years later, they were back in court. She alleged that he had compensated Warner Bros. to keep her out of work because they had rejected all of the 30 projects that she had proposed and didn’t give her any of their in-house projects. When he realized that the jury was going to side with Locke, he settled with her for an undisclosed amount. Her career wasn’t magically resurrected; however, it sent a message out in Hollywood that powerful people can’t just abuse their power.

1. Mo’nique
Mo’nique claims that she was “blackballed” from Hollywood after she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance in “Precious.” “I got a phone call from Lee Daniels maybe six or seven months ago. And he said to me, ‘Mo’Nique, you’ve been blackballed.’ And I said, ‘I’ve been blackballed? Why have I been blackballed?’ And he said, “Because you didn’t play the game.’ And I said, ‘Well, what game is that?’ And he gave me no response,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. While she has been offered roles since her big win, she’s been unable to book any of them.

Daniels confirmed that Mo’Nique has been blacklisted. “Mo’Nique is a creative force to be reckoned with. Her demands through Precious were not always in line with the campaign. This soured her relationship with the Hollywood community. I consider her a friend. I have and will always think of her for her parts that we can collaborate on. However, the consensus among the creative teams and powers thus far were to go another way with these roles,” he said. Source: 7 Celebrities Who Have Been Blacklisted.