What do you know about Bud
Hollywood Legends Quiz.
Alexander "Bud" Abbott born in Asbury Park, New Jersey?
- October 2, 1895
- October 2, 1896
- October 2, 1897
- October 2, 1898
2) In 1918, he married Betty Smith, a burlesque
dancer and comedienne. Shortly after his marriage, Abbott and his new
wife began producing a vaudeville "tab show" called Broadway
3) Who did Bud start to perform as a
straight man in an act around 1924?
- Betty Smith
- James Connor
- Hoot Gibson
4) Abbott crossed paths with Lou Costello in
burlesque in the early 1930s. Abbott was producing and performing in Minsky's Burlesque shows, while Costello was a rising comic. They
formally teamed up and performed together in burlesque, vaudeville,
minstrel shows, and cinemas.
What year did they begin to team up?
5) In 1938 they received national exposure for the
first time by performing on a radio show, which led to the duo appearing
in a Broadway musical, The Streets of Paris.
Who's radio show did
they perform on?
- Kate Smith Hour
- Arthur Godfrey
6) In 1940, Universal signed Abbott and Costello
for their first film.
What was the film?
- Let's Do It Again
- One Night in the Tropics
- Travels to Hollywood
7) During World War II, Abbott and Costello were
among the most popular and highest-paid stars in the world. Between 1940
and 1956 they made 36 films, and earned a percentage of the profits on
each. They were popular on radio throughout the 1940s, primarily on
their own program which ran from 1942 until 1947 on NBC and from 1947 to
1949 on ABC.
8) What was the comedy-musical variety series that
aired on the NBC network from 1950 to 1955 that Abbott and Costello were
- The Colgate Comedy Hour
- Perry's Comedy Club
- Hershey's Laugh Line
9) The sixty-forty split had long irked Costello.
Later, after Buck Privates made them movie stars, Costello
insisted that the split be reversed in his favor, and it remained
sixty-forty for the remainder of their careers. Costello's other demand,
that the team be renamed "Costello and Abbott," was rejected
by Universal Studios. The result was a "permanent chill"
between the two partners, according to Lou's daughter Chris Costello, in
her biography Lou's on First. The team's popularity waned in the
When did Abbott and Costello part ways?
- July 1956
- July 1957
- July 1958
10) Bud Abbott suffered from epilepsy throughout
his life. In the early 1960s, he suffered the first in a series of
strokes. In 1972, he broke his hip and shortly after that was diagnosed
with prostate cancer. On April 24, 1974, he died Woodland Hills, California.
11) Where was Bud Abbott buried?
- Woodlawn Memorial Park, Nashville, Tennessee
- Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Glendale,
- Cremated, ashes scattered in the Pacific Ocean