The Real Person:
Henry VIII ruled England from 1509 until 1547. However, what you really want to know is what happened to his six wives, right? The answer, of course, is: divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived.
Charles Laughton was a titan of British theatre when he was lured to Hollywood. His exuberant playing of the king in
The Private Life Of Henry VIII
made Laughton the first British winner of the Oscar for Best Actor.
Most Stunning Element:
Period films were considered such a risk that Laughton had to defer his fee until after the premiere. The film, of course, was a hit.