Wolf Files: Celebrity Phobias

In the breakfast scene, set in an elegant hotel on the French Riviera, actress Jessie Royce Landis — playing the part of Grace Kelly's mother — harpoons her sunny-side-up eggs like Norman Bates in the shower scene of Psycho.

Hitchcock was ahead of his time in many ways, including his calls for smoking bans at the dinner table — a predilection tied more to his food hang-ups than fears of secondhand smoke.

"He hated eggs, unless they were disguised in a soufflé," Hitchcock's daughter, Patricia O'Connell, told the Chicago Tribune in 1993.

"He just said they were so horrible-looking — that you'd cut into them and that yellow stuff would run all over. He thought it was absolutely disgusting."

While filming the Birds, actress Susan Pleshette recalled a berating she received from Hitchcock's assistant:

"She said, 'Don't put your cigarette out in your eggs,' " Pleshette said. "'He hates eggs, he hates cigarettes, and frankly, he hates you.' " [Next: Woody Allen] 8. Woody Allen: Anhedonia

Woody Allen turned his neurosis into a career. "I've been killing spiders since I was 30,'' he boasts to Diane Keaton in Annie Hall.

In addition to various insects, Allen also claims to have morbid fears of sunshine, dogs, children, heights, small rooms, crowds, cancer and various illnesses, and any place on earth outside Manhattan.

Is he really such an emotional wreck? Or is it just well-worn schtick that pays for the therapy bills? It's hard to say.

There might be a clue in the original title of Annie Hall. Allen wanted to call it Anhedonia — the inability to feel pleasure.

United Artists couldn't come up with an advertising campaign explaining the meaning of the word. Allen compromised on naming the film after Keaton's character three weeks before the premiere. [Next: Billy Bob Thornton] 9. Billy Bob Thornton: Panophobia? It's hard not to laugh at Thornton's phobias. A 48-year-old guy who's afraid of antique furniture is really off his rocker — assuming it's an old rocker.

"I don't know if it's a past-life thing, but I felt like some beheaded king," said Thornton, who went into shock after checking into a five-star hotel in London, when his ex-wife Angelina Jolie was filming Laura Croft: Tomb Raider.

"Maybe it's a past-life thing and I got beat to death with some old chair," Thornton later told Oprah Winfrey. "I don't really know. But anyway … I'm totally serious. And I can't eat around antiques."

Still, Thornton, an Oscar-winning screenwriter and A-list actor, is thriving in Hollywood despite his idiosyncrasies.

Halle Berry, who won a best actress Oscar staring opposite Thornton in Monster's Ball, says he was only able to eat in one scene if he used a brand new plastic spoon, right out of the box.

Don't look for Thornton to turn to theater any time soon. According to a recent issue of Maxim, stage sparks a reaction in him, he says, that "almost borders on Tourette's."

On the set of Love Actually, Hugh Grant admitted that he teased Thornton with a picture of 19th-century British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli.

Disraeli's hair causes another strange reaction, Thornton admitted. "It's not something I can really explain."

Buck Wolf is entertainment producer at ABCNEWS.com. The Wolf Files is published Tuesdays. If you want to receive weekly notice when a new column is published, join the e-mail list.

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