Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
Who is this Celebrity?
|I am a four-time Oscar winning actress. I made many movies with Spencer Tracy. I won my first Oscar for 'Morning Glory' (1933). Who am I?||Celebrity Who Am I?
Katharine Hepburn . Kate won her Oscars for: 'Morning Glory' (1933), 'The Lion In The Winter' (1967), 'Guess Who's Coming To Dinner?' (1968) and 'On Golden Pond' (1981).
|I was married to a teen heart-throb. He and I have a daughter named Ava. I starred in a movie defending blondes. Who am I?||Celebrity Who Am I?
Reese Witherspoon . Reese was married to actor Ryan Philippe and starred in the mega-hit, 'Legally Blonde'.
|My most famous role is a supporting one in the movie 'Victor, Victoria'. I started out in the 1964 version of 'Cinderella', which ironically was a remake of when my 'Victor, Victoria' co-star first made it. Who am I?||Celebrity Who Am I?
Lesley Ann Warren. Lesley played Norma Cassidy in 'Victor, Victoria' (1982). In 1964, she remade 'Cinderella', which originally starred her 'Victor, Victoria' co-star, Julie Andrews.
|I am the original 'Annie' (1977 Broadway Cast) and I'm a huge Broadway star. Who am I?||Celebrity Who Am I?
|I won a Golden Globe for my performance in 'Evita' (1996). I'm a very popular music artist. Who am I?||Celebrity Who Am I?
|I starred in a very popular TV show in the 1970s and had a statue made of me in my famous pose. Who am I?||Celebrity Who Am I?
Mary Tyler Moore. Mary starred on 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show'.
|I married a heart-throb, but later we divorced. In 2002 I lost an Academy Award to Halle Berry. Who am I?||Celebrity Who Am I?
Nicole Kidman . Nicole married Tom Cruise and was nominated for an Oscar for her wonderful performance in 'Moulin Rouge'.
|I married and then divorced one of the ultimate heart-throbs, and starred in a very popular NBC television show. Who am I?||Celebrity Who Am I?
Jennifer Aniston. Jennifer married and divorced Brad Pitt and starred on 'Friends'.
|I'm famous for my aloof, serene nature and blonde hair. I won an Oscar in 1954 and married into royalty at the height of my popularity. Who am 1?||Celebrity Who Am I?
Grace Kelly . Grace won an Oscar in 1954 for 'The Country Girl' and she marrie Prince Rainier Grimaldi of Monaco in 1956.
|My mother was a very famous child star who developed into an extremely popular actress and singer. She was known for showing us the way to Oz. I made a name for myself in the 1960s and won my Oscar in the 1970s. Who am I?||Celebrity Who Am I?
Liza Minnelli . Liza's mother is Judy Garland and she won an Oscar in 1971 for 'Cabaret'.
|I married a famous producer in the 1960s and two of my daughters are involved in show business. My best friend is a very famous actress. My famous sign is pulling my earlobe. Who am I?||Celebrity Who Am I?
Carol Burnett . Carol married producer Joe Hamilton in the 1960s. Her daughters, Erin and Carrie Hamilton are and were involved in show business (Carrie passed away in January 2002). Her best friend is Julie Andrews.
|I come from a acting family. My mother, sister, father and daughter, to say the least, are involved in acting. I starred in 'Camelot'. Who am I?||Celebrity Who Am I?
|I'm an Oscar-winner who's famous for keeping the hills alive and for my crystaline, soprano voice. I married a very famous Hollywood director in the 1960s. Who am I?||Celebrity Who Am I?
Julie Andrews . Julie married famous director Blake Edwards in 1969. She's famous for keeping the hills alive in 'The Sound Of Music' and for her 4 and a half octave voice. She won an Oscar for 'Mary Poppins'.
|I'm a famous actress and I have had seven husbands. I was married to Richard Burton twice. Who am I?||Celebrity Who Am I?
Elizabeth Taylor . Elizabeth has won two Oscars. One for 'Butterfield 8' and one for 'Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?'.
|Finnish actress, Sirkka Sara, was only nineteen when she died, thus ending what promised to be a brilliant career. How did she die? ||Facts on Famous Performers No 2
Mistook a chimney for a balcony - and fell in. Born in 1920, Sirkka, who must have been remarkedly short-sighted, died in 1939. She had already made three films in that short time and the world was her oyster until the night she inadvertently re-enacted the role of Santa Claus. At a cast and crew party for this, her last film, she went up to the roof of the hotel where the party was being held with a group of other party-goers. Spotting a chimney that was a couple of metres tall, one that had a ladder fixed to its side, Sirkka thought the ladder would lead her up to a balcony if she climbed it. She did so, tripped when she laughingly reached the top, and fell down the chimney into a fully operating furnace below. The poor myopic girl died instantly.
|American actor James Cromwell became a run-of-the-mill vegetarian in 1974 after visiting a stockyard in Texas. He became an ethical vegan in 1995, during the making of which movie?||Facts on Famous Performers No 2
Babe. Cromwell (born 1940) has been nominated for various awards many times for his roles in both film, stage and on television. One of his particularly impressive roles was in the 2006 film "The Queen" where he plays the role of Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, who is Queen Elizabeth II's husband. His ability with various accents is also impressive. In the enchanting 1995 film "Babe" in which he plays farmer Arthur Hoggett, the owner of the pig Babe, I actually thought he was a true blue Aussie. During the course of his career, Cromwell has acted in over 50 films and appeared in almost 100 television series or films. We think it's awfully funny over here that he decided to become an ethical vegan during the making of the film, "Babe". We also think it's amusing that, at 6 foot, seven inches tall, he's listed on official records as the tallest actor, up to 2012, to be nominated for an Academy Award. What's that got to do with anything?
|Ronald Reagan was known by the nickname "Dutch" all his life. His father had dubbed him that when Reagan was a small child. What was the reason behind this?||Facts on Famous Performers No 2
He said the child looked like a "fat little Dutchman". In fact, there is not a drop of Dutch blood in Ronald's Reagan's ancestry at all, but English, Scots and Irish only. The family, when he was a child, wasn't particularly well off, and at one stage they lived above a store in Tampico, Illinois. Mr Reagan would joke when he and his own family moved into the White House years later that they "were living above the store again". Everyone knows of course that Dutch was the fortieth president of the United States from 1981 to 1989, but perhaps some don't know that he was also an actor in his younger days, making a total of 78 films in all. None were particularly successful, and were usually classed as B grade movies. Still, it was a living. One of these was "Love is on the Air", made in 1937, in which he plays a crime reporter who clashes with his sponsor, when it is revealed that this sponsor is in cahoots with the criminals being investigated. Just as he was beginning to make a name for himself in the movies, however, along came World War two, and Reagan was called up, where he was soon moved to the Motion Picture Unit of the defence force. By the time the war was concluded, Dutch had risen to the rank of Captain, having made more than 400 films, usually of a training nature, for the boys.
When his first wife, the actress Jane Wyman, filed for divorce in 1948 (due to her dislike of his duties in the Screen Actors Guild Union, and his later political ambitions), he met the actress Nancy Davis the following year. The couple were married in a quiet ceremony in 1952. This marriage was one of true love, mutual support and encouragement always, and they remained together until Mr Reagan's death, at the age of 93, in 2004. Nancy Reagan would remark of her husband shortly before this death that "My life began with Ronnie...I can't imagine life without him"; and in a letter he once sent to her, he wrote that "Whatever I treasure and enjoy...all would be without meaning if I didn't have you". Lifeguard who saved 77 people from drowning, radio announcer, actor, Captain, politician, President of the United States, all combined with a great and unifying love. Not too bad at all for a "fat little Dutchman", wouldn't you agree?
|This great old-timer is a practising member of the Unity church, but, most strangely, her hero is Charles Darwin. One of her most renowned television roles was that of the character Rose Nylund. Who is she?||Facts on Famous Performers No 2
Betty White. With many Emmy awards and at least twenty nominations of same to her credit, the amazing Betty White (born 17 January, 1922) just never stops. Apart from all her earlier successes and appearances in television and film and on radio, she joined the cast of the soap opera "The Bold and the Beautiful" as a recurring character in 2006. She had an ongoing role in the television series "Boston Legal" from 2005 to 2008. Then there was her role as the hero's grandmother in the 2009 movie "The Proposal" (starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds). She was also a co-star in the 2010 film "You Again". In 2010, she signed up as one of the stars in the new television series "Hot in Cleveland" in which her character is that of a vinegar-tongued elderly caretaker (Polish) with a very colorful past. Astonishing. That's in addition to all her guest appearances on other shows. The role we perhaps most identify with Betty is that of the wide-eyed innocent in the series "The Golden Girls", which ran from 1985 to 1992. In this show, she played one of four middle-aged and elderly women, either widowed or divorced, sharing a house in Miami, Florida. She's one incredible lady, and her eyes just sparkle with energy, laughter and continuing enthusiasm for life whenever and wherever she can be seen lighting up the silver screen.
|Moe Howard, one of the Three Stooges had his particular hair style from the time he was a child, when he gave himself that famous hair style. Why did he do this?||Facts on Famous Performers No 2
His mother refused to cut his long, curly, shoulder-length hair. Moe, of Lithuanian Jewish descent, was born Moses Harry Horwitz in 1897, in Brooklyn, New York city. His mother adored his long curly hair and refused to have it trimmed. When Moe started school however, he couldn't take the teasing from his classmates that his curls instigated. He marched home one day, stuck a bowl on his head, and cut round it. Perhaps he should go down in history as the first Beatle. Moe and his brothers made many slapstick comedy films as the "The Three Stooges" for four decades, and brought laughter to many film-goers all over the world. Some of these included a series of anti-Nazi films during the 1940s. Films, such as "You Nazty Spy!" (1930); and "I'll Never Heil Again" (1941), both of which poked fun of the Nazi regime.
In real life, Moe was the exact opposite of the character of the bullying and abrasive leader of the Stooges, and was described by all he knew him as a gentle and loving man. He married Helen Schonberger in 1955 and the couple remained married for fifty years, until they both died in 1975, Moe from lung cancer (May) and Helen from a heart attack (October). They had two children. Interestingly, Helen was a cousin to the magician Harry Houdini.
Bell's Palsy. Clooney, who was born in 1961, had to put up with this condition for almost a year before it righted itself. He said the experience of being laughed at by his classmates helped strengthen his character. Another interesting fact about this actor is that he is connected to several famous entertainers. The first was to his aunt, singer and actress Rosemary Clooney (1928-2002). The others are to actress and singer Debby Boone (born 1956), who is the daughter of actor and singer Pat Boone (born 1934). She married Clooney's cousin, Gabriel Ferrer, who is the son of Rosemary Clooney and actor and director Jose Ferrer.
Clooney was married to actress Talia Balsam from 1989-1993 and has stated that he will never marry again. He also had a pet pig named Max from 1987 until its death in 2006. The pig was allowed to roam around Clooney's house wherever it wanted and even slept on his bed. It seems ironic that Clooney has had a loving relationship with a porker longer than any of the many women he frequently dates.
Bell's Palsy is a condition which affects a nerve in the face. The outcome of this is that one side of the face is paralysed and somewhat grotesquely twisted for several weeks to months, or even permanently. No cause has been identified for it yet. You usually end up with a drooped and drooling mouth and a staring eye which can't blink and cannot be closed, and that has to be taped shut. I had the rotten thing for two months once, when I was a student teacher, right before I started a teaching assignment. I think the students behaved out of fear.
|Walter Matthau could never pass up an opportunity to be a clown. On registering to receive his social security number, he was astonished that they asked only for his name, and no other proof of identity. What acoustical name did he therefore register as? ||Facts on Famous Performers No 2
Walter Foghorn Matthau. This wasn't the first time Walter Matthau used a false name, and he appeared in several movies under different aliases. When he played a cameo performance in the 1974 movie "Earthquake" for example, he requested, as a joke, that his name be credited as Walter Matuschanskayasky. Unfortunately this backfired on him somewhat. He found his birth name being officially listed in various articles as exactly that from then on. His actual birth name was Walter John Matthow. He was born in New York on October 1, 1920, to a Lithuanian mother and a Russian father, both of whom were Jewish.
Matthau's early career in films was in dramatic or villainous roles. It wasn't until 1965 when he performed in the stage play "The Odd Couple" as the character Oscar Madison that his true gift of comedy was recognised. He would go on to perform that role in the 1968 film version of the same name with the actor Jack Lemmon. The two men had met on the set of the 1966 film "The Fortune Cookie" and remained lifelong friends from that time. They made a total of ten films together. Walter Matthau died of cancer in 2000. He is buried in a cemetery in Los Angeles. Jack Lemmon, who died shortly afterwards, is buried in the same cemetery.
Lucille Ball. Lucille Ball was born in 1911 and died in 1989. She was the star of the television series "I Love Lucy" and its several spinoffs. Lucy, who is related to Ginger Rogers, gave us the gift of laughter. In one of the scenes in "I Love Lucy", for example, the audience laughed for so long that half the soundtrack had to be cut out. She also acted in films and was a radio star as well - and owned a Television production studio to boot. She was married twice, but her true love remained her first husband, Desi Arnaz, to whom she was married for twenty years.
Lucy's phobia about birds springs from the day her father died, when she was aged three. A small bird became trapped in the house of grief. The impression of its frantic attempts to fly to freedom, coupled with her confusion and fear at the loss of her father, remained with her all her life. Birds for her became associated with loss, despair and unhappiness.
|"All my life, I've been terrible at remembering people's names. I once introduced a friend of mine as Martini. Her name was actually Olive". When asked why she called everyone "dahling", which famous and infamous actress of the 1930s and 1940s gave this reply?||Facts on Famous Performers No 2
Tallulah Bankhead. Tallulah Bankhead was controversial to say the least. She was beautiful, intelligent and talented it's true, but her personal life with both men and women, and her frank comments to the media about same, were truly scandalous. None of those comments can be quoted in here. Born in Alabama in 1902, she came from a powerful political family. They must have reeled continually from shock as her antics were reported back to them. She was the star of such productions as "The Little Foxes" (1939) and Alfred Hitchcock's 1944 film "Lifeboat".
That aside, Tallulah was irrepresible, entertaining, very witty, and one unique figure all round. For example, she loved driving and during eight years she once spent in London, she drove herself round in a Bentley. However, because she continually got lost, she always hired a taxi to lead the way so she could follow it. She was also renowned for the no holds barred parties she threw, her habit of turning cartwheels without wearing any underwear, of entering a room completely naked, and her witticisms. Once, when leaving a nightclub, she noticed a Salvation Army band playing. Reaching into her purse, she tossed a twenty dollar note into one of their tambourines, remarking "There, dahlings, I know it's been a rough winter for you Spanish dancers".
|Which well known actor, who won an Oscar for his role in the 1953 movie "Stalag 17", was best man at Ronald and Nancy Reagan's wedding in 1952?||Facts on Famous Performers No 2
William Holden. William Holden was born in 1918. He was spotted by a talent scout for Paramount Studios in 1937 and began taking small parts in movies from that time. When the Second World War drew the US into the international conflict, Holden enlisted in the Army's Air Force, rising to the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. In 1950 he hit the big time with his portrayal of Joe Gillis opposite Gloria Swanson in the movie "Sunset Boulevard". He was nominated for an Academy Award for his work in that film, but it would be his role in "Stalag 17" (1953) that saw him take the award home. Because the award ceremony was running late, Holden had no time to say anything but "Thank you" when he accepted the Oscar. So annoyed was he by this that he took out advertisements in various Hollywood magazines to thank those he couldn't on the night.
Sadly this fine character actor of 71 films began to drink heavily towards the close of his career. It was this that killed him. Whilst alone and intoxicated one night in 1981, he slipped on a rug and violently hit his head on the corner of a bedside cabinet. The cut was so deep that he bled to death. Today he is remembered not only for his many films, but also for the William Holden Wildlife Foundation. Holden had supported wildlife conservation for many years. Following his death, his long time girlfriend, the actress Stefanie Powers, established this foundation as a memorial. It is based at a ranch that Holden owned in Kenya, Africa.