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Dorothy Gale, Holly Golightly, Ben Braddock—no one can forget them from "The Wizard of Oz," "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and "The Graduate." But what became of these and other iconic characters in the years since we last saw them? Click though for the often surprising (and entirely fictional) answers to that question.
Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz"
There's no place like home—for about a week and a half. Then Dorothy realizes that going on dangerous missions to hunt down wicked witches is a lot more exciting than shucking corn. So she joins forces with farm hands Hunk, Zeke and Hickory (aka Scarecrow, Lion and Tin Man) to become the most successful crime-fighting team in Kansas.
Scarlett O'Hara in "Gone With the Wind"
With her husband off flashing his mustache and bags of gold at some other dame (probably a Union gal who doesn't have to wear curtains in place of a gown), Scarlett O'Hara has to fend for herself once again. But that's no problem for our scrappy heroine. Inspired by that single carrot she pulled from the ravaged Georgia dirt, she turns Tara into Atlanta's first organic vegan restaurant.
Annie and Alvy in "Annie Hall"
Decades after his failed relationship with Annie, Alvy Singer is still in therapy, still arguing with pretentious movie snobs, and still deathly afraid of spiders. He runs into Annie—now a successful fashion designer for gender-fluid clients in Malibu—and promptly starts dating her teenage granddaughter.
Holly Golightly in "Breakfast at Tiffany's"
After realizing that a struggling writer and a party girl can't make enough money to support their decadent lifestyle, Holly Golightly decides to dump Paul and open a brothel called the Cat House. Between her mobster and art-world contacts, she keeps up a steady clientele, briefly making the news when the governor gets identified as Client #9.
Ben and Elaine in "The Graduate"
Precisely 15 hours after her bus-ride escape from her wedding, Elaine looks over at the self-absorbed, unemployed dude who slept with her mother, realizes she made a horrible mistake and heads straight back to Berkeley. Ben, heartbroken and alone, hears a little voice in his head telling him exactly what to do. He spends the rest of his career as a Senior Vice President of Plastics.
Jerry/Daphne in "Some Like It Hot"
After Jerry/Daphne realizes that he'll never meet anyone else as loving and accepting as his millionaire beau Osgood, he decides to go ahead with the wedding. Decades later, they're still cruising the world on Osgood's yacht, and Daphne has made her own fortune developing a miracle cream for women who want to get rid of that stubborn five o'clock shadow.
Elliott in "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial"
Thanks to a huge payout of hush money by the U.S. government in exchange for never talking about that pesky little alien encounter again, Elliott never has to work a day in his life. At age 46, he hangs around singles bars chowing down Reese's Pieces and asking women, "Wanna go for a bike ride? I can make it fly!"
Hooper in "Jaws"
After deciding never, ever, ever to go out on the open water again, Hooper takes a job as a tour guide at Sea World, where the scariest creatures he has to deal with are bratty toddlers and their pushy parents.
Tony Manero in "Saturday Night Fever"
He spends a few decades teaching ballroom dancing to clutzy wedding couples and elderly ladies in leotards at a dance studio conveniently located over a dollar-a-slice pizzeria in Bay Ridge. But then Tony Manero has a late-life comeback as the oldest contestant ever on "So You Think You Can Dance."
Mookie and Sal in "Do the Right Thing"
The young pizza delivery man and his former boss decide to team up and use the insurance money from the burned-down pizzeria to invest in Bedford-Stuyvesant real estate. Everyone thinks they're crazy—until the yuppies who are priced out of Manhattan start streaming into Brooklyn, making Sal and Mookie two very wealthy men. Mookie, of course, uses his money to buy courtside seats to the Knicks.
While visiting his son in graduate school, Forrest wanders into a lecture hall. He sees several people standing at podiums on a stage and asks where the bathroom is. Turns out, he's stumbled into a presidential debate. Staring into the bright lights, he starts mumbling platitudes about "boxes of chocolate" and "stupid is as stupid does." The crowd goes wild, and next thing you know, Forrest is sworn in as the 45th President of the United States.
George Bailey in "It's a Wonderful Life"
Years after he nearly took his own life, George Bailey is still the most beloved man in Bedford Falls. Surrounded by his children and grandchildren, he celebrates his 80th birthday by paying back all the money his neighbors lent him to bail out the Savings & Loan. Bells chime in perfect harmony as dozens more angels get their wings. Come on, what do you think, we have a heart of stone?
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