7. Libby Holman
Wherever Holman went, scandal followed. She swore, drank, visited clubs, and had high-profile affairs with both men and women. Her first husband, tobacco tycoon Zachary Smith Reynolds, seemingly committed suicide in 1932, although some claimed that she’d murdered him. Her second husband, actor Ralph de Rimer Holmes, also committed suicide.
Though she lived precariously and was known for being risque, she continued to impact the world even after her last stage performance in 1938’s musical You Never Know.
In 1972, however, depressed with the era and the deaths of her son and several close friends, she was found topless and asphyxiated in her parked car with the engine running, a victim of carbon monoxide poisoning.