... that William Goldman got the idea for the story when he asked his two young daughters what they wanted their bedtime story to be about - and one shouted "A Princess!" and the other shouted "A Bride!" William Goldman used the literary device of claiming his book was based on a preexisting work. The book is titled The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True and High Adventure. There is of course no S. Morgenstern. Likewise the commentary about William Goldman's personal life is also fictitious. After the success of the movie William Goldman tried to create a musical version of the story but it fell through over financial disputes with his collaborator.
... one of the favorite characters of The Princess Bride is the gentle giant Fezzik played by the real life giant known as Andre the Giant. Andre was a professional wrestler before he began appearing in movies. He was 7'4" tall. He died of heart failure in 1993 at the age of 46. This is his official website. His wrestling career is documented in a book and a movie. And after working with Andre the Giant in Princess Bride Billy Crystal was inspired to write and star in the movie My Giant.
... when Princess Bride came out it was modestly successful though it did receive great reviews from some critics. Below find what Siskel and Ebert had to say. It went on however to become a cult favorite and now is on many top favorite lists.
Hollywood Walk of Fame Star
In the early 1960's, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce developed the idea of the "Hollywood Walk of Fame." The sidewalks of the most famous streets in the heart of Hollywood were lined with "stars" recognizing celebrities' life-long contributions to the entertainment industry. Receiving a star is still to this day considered a huge honor. Here's where you can find the stars of Billy Crystal and director Rob Reiner:
Walk of Fame Star (Motion Picture)
6925 Hollywood Blvd.
Walk of Fame Star (Motion Pictures)
6421 Hollywood Blvd.