Who Am I?
Academy Award for Best Actress
1927 to 1939 FUN Trivia
are all well known Hollywood actors. I will give you some
information and you pick the correct celebrity.
"Check Your Answers" at the end of the page.
Take 2 points
for each right answer. Maximum this page: 20
1) One of the most popular actresses of the silent film era, in 1928, I
became the first winner of the Academy Award for Best Actress for her
performances in three films: Seventh Heaven (1927), Sunrise
(1927) and Street Angel (1928). I was born on October 6, 1906 in
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1926, at the age of 20, I was cast in the
lead role in The Johnstown Flood (1926). I was one of only a
handful of leading ladies who made a successful transition to sound
In 1937, I was again nominated for an Academy Award, this time
for my role in A Star Is Born. After appearing in The Young in
Heart, I left film industry for nearly twenty years, returning one
last time in 1957 as Pat Boone's mother in Bernardine. I had been
married three times: Jesse Lydell Peck (1929-1933), Adrian (1939-1959),
Paul Gregory (1964-1984). I had one son, Robin Adrian, in 1940. I died
in September 14, 1984, at the age of 77, due largely to the aftermath of
a traffic accident in San Francisco two years earlier; specifically, my
death resulted from complications following several operations. I was
interred in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood, California next
to my second husband Adrian.
Who Am I?
2) I was born Gladys Louise Smith on April 8, 1892
in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I landed a supporting role in a 1907 Broadway
play, The Warrens of Virginia. Like everyone at Biograph, I played
both bit parts and leading roles, playing mothers, ingénues, spurned
women, spitfires, slaves, native Americans, and a prostitute. In 1909, I
appeared in 51 films - almost one a week. Though
Coquette was a success and won me an Academy Award for Best
Actress, the public failed to respond to these more sophisticated roles.
Like most movie stars of the silent era, my career faded as talkies became
more popular among audiences. I retired from acting in 1933, though I
continued to produce films for others. I was married three times: Owen
Moore (1911-1920), Douglas Fairbanks (1920-1936), and Charles Rogers
(1937-1979). I died of cerebral hemorrhage on May 29, 1979, at the age of
87, and was buried in the Garden of Memory of the Forest Lawn Memorial
Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.
Who Am I?
3). I was born on August 10, 1902 in Montreal,
Quebec, Canada. I was one of the most popular actresses in the world from
the mid-1920s until my retirement in 1942. My first film was The Star
Boarder (1919). I was married twice: Irving Thalberg (1927-1936) and
Martin Arroug� (1942-1983). I was nominated for an Academy Award for Their
Own Desire (1930), for A Free Soul (1931), The Barretts of
Wimpole Street (1934), Romeo and Juliet (1936), and Marie
Antoinette (1938). My last film was Her Cardboard Lover (1942).
I died from pneumonia and Alzheimer's disease at 80 years old on June 12,
1983. I was entombed in the Great Mausoleum at Forest Lawn Memorial Park
in Glendale, California, in a crypt marked, along with her first husband
Who Am I
4) I was born Leila Marie Koerber on November 9,
1868 in Cobourg, Ontario, Canada. During the early 1900s I became a major
vaudeville star. In 1902, I met fellow Canadian Mack Sennett and helped
him get a job in the theater. In 1919, during the Actors' Equity strike in
New York City, the Chorus Equity Association was formed and voted me its
first president. In 1927, I was secretly blacklisted by the theater
production companies due to my strong stance in a labor dispute. For my
starring portrayal in Min and Bill, co-starring Wallace Beery, I
won the 1931 Academy Award for Best Actress. I was nominated again for
Best Actress for her 1932 starring role in Emma. I appeared in more
than forty films but only achieved superstardom near the end of my life.
Always seeing myself as physically unattractive, I wrote an autobiography,
The Life Story of an Ugly Duckling. I died on July 28, 1934 (aged
65) in Santa Barbara, California and is interred in a crypt in the Great
Mausoleum in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale,
Who Am I?
5) I was born on October 10, 1900 in Washington,
D.C. I began a stage career at an early age. By the age of ten, I had made
a short film called Jean and the Calico Doll, but only moved to
Hollywood when my husband, playwright Charles MacArthur, signed a
Hollywood deal. My sound film debut was The Sin of Madelon Claudet,
for which I won the Academy Award for Best Actress. I followed that with
starring roles in Arrowsmith (with Myrna Loy), A Farewell to
Arms (with actor Gary Cooper whom I admitted to finding extremely
attractive), The White Sister, What Every Woman Knows (a
reprise from my Broadway hit), and Vanessa: Her Love Story.
However, I never became a fan favorite and did not prefer the medium to
the stage. I adopted son, James MacArthur, also went on to a career in
acting, starring in Hawaii Five-O on television. I guest starred on
a 1975 episode of Hawaii Five-0, playing the aunt of Danno. I died
on St. Patrick's Day, March 17, 1993 from congestive heart failure in
Nyack, New York. I was interred in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Nyack, New York.
Who Am I?
6) I was born on May 12, 1907 in Hartford,
Connecticut. Acclaimed throughout my 73-year career, I hold the record for
the most Best Actress Oscar wins with four, from 12 nominations. I won an
Emmy Award in 1976 for my lead role in Love Among the Ruins, and
was nominated for four other Emmys, two Tony Awards and seven Golden
Globes. In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked me as the greatest
female star in the history of American cinema. On April 3, 1921, while
visiting friends in Greenwich Village, I found my older brother Tom (born
November 8, 1905), whom I idolized, hanging from the rafters of the attic
by a rope, dead of an apparent suicide. I was devastated and sank into a
depression. I shied away from other children and was mostly home-schooled.
For many years I used Tom's birthday (November 8) as her own. It was not
until I wrote my autobiography, Me: Stories of my Life, that I
revealed her true birth date, May 12, 1907. I received a degree from Bryn
Mawr College in history and philosophy in 1928, the same year I had my
debut on Broadway after landing a bit part in Night Hostess. I
married Ludlow Ogden Smith: (1928�1934). 1933: My four Academy Awards
for Best Actress were: Morning Glory (1933), Guess Who's Coming
to Dinner (1967), The Lion in Winter (1968), and On Golden
I made my first appearance opposite Spencer Tracy in
of the Year (1942), directed by George Stevens. Behind the scenes the
we fell in love, beginning what would become one of Hollywood's most
famous romances, despite Tracy's marriage to another woman. One of my best
performances was my role as Rose Sayer in The African Queen (1951),
for which I received my fifth Best Actress nomination, losing to Vivien
Leigh in A Streetcar Named Desire. During making of The African
Queen, I wound up so sick with dysentery that, even months after I
returned home, I was still ill. On June 29, 2003, I died of natural causes
at Fenwick, my family home in Old Saybrook, Connecticut. I was 96 years
old, and was buried in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford, Connecticut.
Who Am I?
7) I was born in Saint-Mande, France and raised in
New York City. I was born Emilie Chauchoin. I began my career in Broadway
productions during the 1920s. My family emigrated to New York City in
1906. I eventually became a naturalized citizen of the U.S. My only silent
film and a box office failure was For the Love of Mike. In 1928, I
signed a film contract with Paramount Pictures. My first sound film was The
Hole in the Wall (1929). I won the Academy Award for Best Actress for It
Happened One Night (1935). In 1939 I made my first color film with
Henry Fonda in Drums Along the Mohawk. In 1928, I married Norman
Foster, an actor and director, who appeared with me in the Broadway show
The Barker. However, we lived apart, never sharing a home together in
Hollywood, supposedly because my mother disliked Foster and wouldn't allow
him into our home. We divorced in 1935, and in December of that year, I
married Dr. Joel Pressman, a surgeon at UCLA. I made my last film Parrish
(1961). After suffering a series of strokes in 1993, I remained in her
Barbados home, Belle-rive, where I died on July 30, 1996, at age 92. I was
buried in the Parish of St. Peter Cemetery in Barbados.
Who Am I?
8) I was born in Lowell, Massachusetts on April 5,
1908. I made her Broadway debut in 1929 in Broken Dishes, and
followed it with Solid South. I traveled by train to Hollywood,
arriving on December 13, 1930. I made my film debut in The Bad Sister
(1931). I won my first Oscar for Dangerous (1935). My second award
came with Jezebel (1938). I was married four times: Harmon Nelson
(1932-1938), Arthur Farnsworth (1940-1943), William Grant Sherry (1945-1950),
and Gary Merrill (1950-1960). Jezebel marked the beginning of the
most successful phase of my career, and over the next few years I was
listed in the annual "Quigley Poll of the Top Ten Money Making
Stars", which was compiled from the votes of movie exhibitors
throughout the U.S. for the stars that had generated the most revenue in
their theaters over the previous year.
In 1983, after filming the pilot
episode for the television series Hotel, I was diagnosed with
breast cancer and underwent a mastectomy. Within two weeks of my surgery I
suffered four strokes which caused paralysis in the right side of my face
and in my left arm, and left me with slurred speech. I commenced a lengthy
period of physical therapy and, aided by my personal assistant, Kathryn
Sermak, gained partial recovery from the paralysis. I collapsed during the
American Cinema Awards in 1989 and later discovered that my cancer had
returned. I recovered sufficiently to travel to Spain where I was honored
at the Donostia-San Sebastian International Film Festival, but during my
visit my health rapidly deteriorated. Too weak to make the long journey
back to the U.S., I traveled to France where I died on October 6, 1989, at
11:20 pm, at the American Hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine. I was 81 years
old. I was interred in Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills Cemetery in Los
Angeles, California, alongside my mother, Ruthie, and sister, Bobby.
Who Am I?
9) I was born on January 12, 1910 in Dusseldorf,
Germany. I made my first appearance on the stage at the Dumont Theatre in
Dusseldorf in 1928. Discovered in 1935 by an MGM talent scout, who felt
that I might appeal to the same audience as Greta Garbo, then one of their
most successful performers. I moved to Hollywood that year and studied
English under Constance Collier, and made my first American film
appearance opposite William Powell in Escapade (1935). My next two
films won me consecutive Academy Awards for Best Actress, first for my
portrayal of actress Anna Held in The Great Ziegfeld (1936), for
which I also won a New York Film Critic's Award, and next as a Chinese
peasant in The Good Earth (1937). I later described winning the two
Oscars as the "worst possible thing" to befall my career.
married twice: Clifford Odets (1937-1940) and Robert Knittel (1945-1989).
I made one more film appearance in Hostages in 1943 and abandoned
Hollywood in 1944 after I married publisher Robert Knittel. I had become
an American citizen in the 1940s, but we had lived in the UK for most of
our marriage. He died in 1989. We had one daughter, Francesca Knittel, now
known as Francesca Knittel-Bowyer. I live in Belgravia Square, London,
reportedly in an apartment once owned by Vivien Leigh. I made sporadic
television and stage appearances following our move to Britain, appearing
in a single episode of the World War II television series Combat!
in 1965. I took a dual role in a 1983 episode of The Love Boat. I
appeared in The Gambler (1997) in a small role, marking my film
comeback at the age of 87. I made two appearances at the Academy Awards
ceremonies (in 1998 and 2003) in special retrospective tributes to past
Who Am I?
10) I was born on 5 November 5, 1913 in Darjeeling,
West Bengal, India. My father was a British Officer in the Indian Cavalry.
Cast in the play The Mask of Virtue in 1935, I received excellent
reviews followed by interviews and newspaper articles, among them one from
the Daily Express in which the interviewer noted "a lightning
change came over her face", which was the first public mention of the
rapid changes in mood that became characteristic of me. Laurence Olivier
saw me in The Mask of Virtue, and a friendship developed after he
congratulated me on my performance. While playing lovers in the film Fire
Over England (1937), Olivier and I developed a strong attraction, and
after filming was completed, we began an affair. We began living together,
as our respective spouses had each refused to grant either of us a
divorce. I appeared with Robert Taylor, Lionel Barrymore and Maureen
O'Sullivan in A Yank at Oxford (1938), the first of my films to
receive attention in the United States. I won the role of Scarlett O'Hara
in Gone with the Wind (1939). Among the ten Academy Awards won by Gone
with the Wind was a Best Actress award for me, who also won a New York
Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress.
On August 30, 1940, Olivier
and I were married in Santa Barbara, California, in a ceremony attended
only by our witnesses, Katharine Hepburn and Garson Kanin. In 1944 I was
diagnosed as having tuberculosis in my left lung, but after spending
several weeks in hospital, I appeared to be cured. I was Blanche DuBois in
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951). I won my second Best Actress Oscar
for Blanche. In 1960, Oliver and I divorced. In May 1967, I was rehearsing
to appear with Michael Redgrave in Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance
when I became ill with a recurrent bout of the tuberculosis from which I
had been suffering for more than twenty years but, after resting for
several weeks, had seemed to be recovering. On the night of July 7, Jack
Merivale left her as usual, to perform in a play, and returned home around
midnight to find me asleep. About thirty minutes later (by now July 8), he
returned to the bedroom and discovered my body on the floor. I had been
attempting to walk to the bathroom, and as my lungs filled with liquid, I
had collapsed. I was cremated at the Golders Green Crematorium, and my
ashes were scattered on the lake at my home, Tickerage Mill, near
Blackboys, East Sussex, England.
Who Am I?