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Bud Abbott

What do you know about Bud Abbott?
Try this Hollywood Legends Quiz.

1) When was William Alexander "Bud" Abbott born in Asbury Park, New Jersey?Bud Abbott

  1. October 2, 1895
  2. October 2, 1896
  3. October 2, 1897
  4. 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 Flashes.

  • True or False?

3) Who did Bud start to perform as a straight man in an act around 1924?

  1. Betty Smith
  2. James Connor
  3. 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?

  1. 1934
  2. 1936
  3. 1938

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?

  1. Kate Smith Hour
  2. Ted Mack
  3. Arthur Godfrey

6) In 1940, Universal signed Abbott and Costello for their first film.
What was the film?

  1. Let's Do It Again
  2. One Night in the Tropics
  3. 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.

  • True or False?

8) What was the comedy-musical variety series that aired on the NBC network from 1950 to 1955 that Abbott and Costello were part of?

  1. The Colgate Comedy Hour
  2. Perry's Comedy Club
  3. 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 1950s.
When did Abbott and Costello part ways?

  1. July 1956
  2. July 1957
  3. 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.

  • True or False?

11) Where was Bud Abbott buried?

  1. Woodlawn Memorial Park, Nashville, Tennessee
  2. Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Glendale, California
  3. Cremated, ashes scattered in the Pacific Ocean
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