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Before Lilo: 8 Bad Bitches of Hollywood Who Paved a Debaucherous Path

Film & TV

Before Lilo: 8 Bad Bitches of Hollywood Who Paved a Debaucherous Path

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Mae West made her name through sheer sex appeal. A writer as well as actor, West got thrown in jail for 10 days on obscenity charges for the contents of her scintillating play "Sex." When the censors came for her, she disguised her lusty dialogue in lusty double-entendres. But West willl always be remembered for coining the bad girl motto: "When I'm good, I'm oh so good. When I'm bad, I'm better." See her in 1933's "I'm No Angel." WATCH IT NOW
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Rumored to be the inspiration behind "101 Dalmations" heel Cruella de Vil, Tallulah Bankhead was your prototypical bad girl: addicted to drugs and drink (her last words were "codeine" and "bourbon"), cigarettes (of which she smoked more than 100 daily), and sex. Oh, and she also had a legendary disdain for wearing underwear. She wasn't bashful about her transgressions either: "Cocaine isn't habit-forming. I should know - I've been using it for years." See her in "Lifeboat." WATCH IT NOW
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Instead of burning through substances, Lana Turner burned through men, and things didn't always go so smoothly. On one occasion, Turner's daughter stabbed Turner's mobster boyfriend to death in a case that would be ruled justifiable homicide. "I planned on having one husband and seven children, but it turned out the other way around," she once said. See her in "The Bad and the Beautiful."WATCH IT NOW
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One of the most admired women of her era, Joan Crawford's legacy was seriously tarnished when her daughter published the tell-all memoir "Mommie Dearest" after her death. The young Crawford painted her mother as a violently abusive alcoholic and a germaphobe who couldn't leave the house without gloves on. After all, Crawford did once say, "I love playing bitches. There's a lot of bitch in every woman." See her in "Mildred Pierce." WATCH IT NOW
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Elizabeth Taylor had more spouses than King Henry VIII and these guys came from all walks of life. That included hotel mogul Conrad Hilton Jr., Richard Burton, a U.S. Senator, and even a construction worker she'd met at rehab. But none would do for the jewel-eyed temptress. After a lifetime of cavorting, Taylor passed away a single lady in 2011. See her in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof." WATCH IT NOW
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Made famous by her portrayal of the goody two-shoes Brenda Walsh on "Beverly Hills, 90210," in real life Shannen Doherty is anything but. Case in point: Doherty had her "90210" wages garnished by a bank as punishment for writing $36,000 worth of bad checks, appeared several times in Playboy, and spent 10 days in jail on drunk driving charges in 2001. See her in "Beverly Hills, 90210." WATCH IT NOW
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Our personal favorite bad girl, Winona Ryder has made a career of playing quirky, off-beat characters. But things turned seriously weird in 2001 when Ryder got caught shoplifting to the tune of $5,500 at a boutique in Beverly Hills while under the influence. A $3,700 fine and 480 hours of community service later, it looks like she's abandoned the dark side for good. See "Reality Bites." WATCH IT NOW
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She may be the doting mother of a collection of children straight out of a United Colors of Benetton ad and a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN these days, but not so long ago, Angelina Jolie was the baddest girl of them all. Who could forget the time she wore a vile of Billy Bob Thornton's blood around her neck? Or when the two admitted to having had sex in the limo on the way to the Oscars? Or when she passionately kissed her brother at the award show?! See "Girl Interrupted." WATCH IT NOW
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Another day, another mugshot, another headline deploring Lindsay Lohan’s lascivious ways. But Lilo’s just the latest scion of a venerable sorority of Hollywood vixens who worked hard, but played harder. Meet Tinseltown’s baddest bitches.