30 Behind-the-Scenes Stories of Sitcom Stars

By Sarah Norman | May 29, 2024

Mary-Kate And Ashley Olsen Of 'Full House' Aren't Identical Twins

If you were a fan of sitcoms in the 1980s, then you may have thought you knew everything there was to know about your favorite shows and their stars. But behind the scenes, there were stories of drama, conflict, and fascinating moments that you never got to see on the screen. From Full House to Night Court, Moonlighting to Family Matters, Dallas to Dynasty, and The Golden Girls, this gallery takes a deep dive into the stories and secrets of the stars of these beloved shows. Get ready to discover the behind-the-scenes drama that made these shows must-see TV, and learn about the juicy tidbits that even the most die-hard fans may not know. Keep reading to uncover the hidden stories of your favorite sitcom stars from the 1980s.

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Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen became television stars at just 9 months old, jointly playing the role of Michelle Tanner on Full House. Despite their similar appearances, they are actually fraternal twins. Mary-Kate is left-handed, while Ashley is right-handed, which can sometimes be used to tell them apart.

Currently in their mid-30s, the Olsen sisters have turned their attention to fashion. They first ventured into the industry in 1999, partnering with Walmart to create a girls' fashion line. In 2008, they co-founded their luxury fashion brand, The Row, followed by their contemporary line, Elizabeth & James, the following year.

Christina Applegate Initially Turned Down 'Married... with Children' Because She Thought The Script Was 'Disgusting'

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Christina Applegate rose to fame on the Fox sitcom Married... with Children, where she played the role of Kelly Bundy as a teenager. In an interview on The Rich Eisen Show, Applegate revealed that she was initially approached to be part of the show's pilot when she was just 15 years old. Despite her interest in pursuing dramatic acting, she eventually took on the role that catapulted her to television stardom. She explained:

I did not want to do the show. At that time, I was on a drama series and I thought [the pilot script] was disgusting. I wouldn't even audition for it. And then they went ahead and shot a pilot with two other kids. And, for whatever reason, the chemistry just didn't work and they came back to me and said, 'Would you please come in?' and I was like, 'No.' And they sent me the pilot. My mom and I did not want to like it, and we turned it on and we were stifling laughing. So I thought I'd go in. But I'd never done comedy before... I know my mom said to [Ed O'Neil] on day one, 'Look, Christina is not very good at comedy. Will you help her?' And I guess it worked out. Eventually, I figured it out.