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1. Who is Ralph Lifshitz also known as?


answer Answer: Ralph Lauren

Interesting Information:
Ralph Lauren changed his name at age 16. He knew from a young age that he wanted to be involved in designing clothes. He shot to super-stardom with his polo-shirts in 1972. He has also ventured into colognes and I must say that "Polo" is my favourite smell. Difficulty: Easy.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Ralph Wiggum, Ralph Malph, Roy Rogers

2. Which actor started his career playing a teenage werewolf, and ended it playing a probationary angel?


answer Answer: Michael Landon

Interesting Information:
Michael Landon played the title role in "I was a Teenage Werewolf" in 1957, and played Jonathan Smith in "Highway to Heaven" from 1984 - 1989. Michael passed away in 1991. Difficulty: Very Easy.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Bela Lugosi, Errol Flynn, Humphrey Bogart

3. Which comedian, and star of the drama "House", rowed for the defeated Cambridge crew in the 1980 University Boat Race?


answer Answer: Hugh Laurie

Interesting Information:
Although he rowed for Cambridge University, Hugh Laurie was actually born in Oxford. His father was also a rower and won Olympic gold at the 1948 games in London. Difficulty: Easy.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Peter Jacobsen, Robert Sean Leonard, Matthew Holness

4. Born in West Plains, Missouri, this man went on to play a chimney sweep in the 1964 film "Mary Poppins." Who is this actor?


answer Answer: Dick Van Dyke

Interesting Information:
Dick was awarded a Grammy for his performance on the soundtrack to "Mary Poppins". Difficulty: Very Easy.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman, Frank Sinatra

5. Which "Grey's Anatomy" actress played the lead role in "Knocked Up" and "27 Dresses"?


answer Answer: Katherine Heigl

Interesting Information:
Katherine Marie Heigl, who played Izzie Stevens in "Grey's Anatomy", was born on November 24th, 1978, in Washington D.C. She started her career in the limelight at the tender age of nine, when she became a child model, appearing in various catalogues, such as those of "Sears" and "Lord & Taylor".
Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Sandra Oh, Chandra Wilson, Chyler Leigh

6. Born in 1899, which actor, who played Rick Blaine and Charlie Allnut, appeared in an early 1900s advertising campaign when he was a baby?


answer Answer: Humphrey Bogart

Interesting Information:
Despite rumors, Bogart was not the Gerber baby. He actually appeared in a national ad for Mellin's baby food, a Victorian food product designed for "infants and invalids". Bogart's mother, Maud, was a successful commercial illustrator, and she made a drawing of him for the ad campaign. Bogart later said that "There was a period in American history that you couldn't pick up a magazine without my kisser in it". Difficulty: Easy.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Clint Eastwood, Steve McQueen, Paul Newman

7. This former "Original Gangsta" rap artist now stars on the NBC crime drama "Law and Order: SVU". Can you select the correct answer?


answer Answer: Ice-T

Interesting Information:
Ice-T pioneered the "Gangster Rap" genre in the late 1980s and early 1990s before trading in his microphone for an acting career. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Richard Belzer, Ice Cube, Coolio

8. What Saturday Night Live regular was murdered by his wife who subsequently killed herself?


answer Answer: Phil Hartman

Interesting Information:
May 27, 1998 turned out to be the fateful day for Phil Hartman. After an argument with his wife, Brynn, who had anger and drug issues, Phil went to sleep for the last time. His wife shot him twice in the head. His passing was analogously mourned on NBC's sitcom "NewsRadio" on which Phil played a main character. The show, beginning its fifth season, would never recover and the series would end at the culmination of that season. Difficulty: Average.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Chris Farley, John Belushi, Norm Macdonald

9. What was special about the marriage of "Star Trek" actor George Takei (Sulu) in 2008?


answer Answer: He married a man.

Interesting Information:
George Takei was married to Brad Altman on September 14, 2008 in Hollywood, during the short window when same-sex marriages were legal in California. While the legislation that allowed these marriages was overturned in the 2008 election and this decision confirmed in Supreme Court rulings, the unions made in the months when they were legal remain valid.
Note, this ban was successfully overturned in 2013. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
It was held in space., It was done both in Catholic and Buddhist rites at the same time., The ceremony was done on set and became part of a movie.

10. Which Academy award winning actress starred in "Howards End," "Junior," and "Nanny McPhee?"


answer Answer: Emma Thompson

Interesting Information:
Emma Thompson, born in 1959, is well known for her work on and off screen. She earned an Academy award for the film "Howards End," and she was nominated for an Academy award in both writing and acting for the film "Sense and Sensibility" and won for writing. Difficulty: Easy.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Maggie Smith, Imelda Staunton, Meryl Streep

11. What martial arts prodigy, star of "Shanghai Noon" and the "Rush Hour" movies, graduated from a strict boarding school illiterate?


answer Answer: Jackie Chan

Interesting Information:
When his parents moved to Australia, 7 year old Jackie Chan stayed behind in Hong Kong and boarded at the China Drama Academy. For 10 years he underwent rigorous training in martial arts, acrobatics, drama and singing. However, he was never taught to read and write. It would be much later in adulthood before he learned to read and write. He used to memorize his lines from movies by someone reading the script to him. Difficulty: Very Easy.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Chow Yun Fat, Chuck Norris, Steven Seagal

12. What "fruity" Hollywood actress was nicknamed "The Brazilian Bombshell"?


answer Answer: Carmen Miranda

Interesting Information:
Carmen Miranda was born Maria do Carmo Miranda da Cunha in Portugal and moved to Brazil as a child, but retained her Portuguese nationality. She was often shown wearing platform shoes and a large headress made of fruit. Difficulty: Easy.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Cristina Galbó, Claudia Raia, Rita Hayworth

13. What is the given name of the wrestler/actor known as "The Rock"?


answer Answer: Dwayne Johnson

Interesting Information:
Johnson also played college football for the University of Miami's 1991 championship team.
Mickey Rourke starred in "The Wrestler"; John Cena is one of the WWE's superstars; Terry Bollea's stage name is Hulk Hogan. Difficulty: Average.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Mickey Rourke, John Cena, Terry Bollea

14. What is the shared surname of the actress Jean who starred in "Spartacus" and the musician Gene from the band Kiss?


answer Answer: Simmons

Interesting Information:
Jean Simmons also played the role of Sergeant Sarah Brown opposite Marlon Brando in "Guys and Dolls". Gene Simmons, whose real name is Chaim Witz, is a bassist and singer for the rock band Kiss, and has acted in several movies including "Runaway" in 1984. Difficulty: Easy.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Hagen, Kelly, Raymond

15. What famous "Pitchman" died on June 28, 2009?


answer Answer: Billy Mays

Interesting Information:
Billy Mays was the pitchman for Oxy-Clean, Mighty Putty, and other popular "as seen on TV" items. He lived a rich life and died at fifty years old. Anthony Sullivan was a pitchman before giving Billy Mays his start, James Dyson promotes the Dyson vacuum cleaners, and Billy Blanks is a pitchman for a fitness program. Difficulty: Average.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Anthony Sullivan, James Dyson, Billy Blanks

16. In her first four marriages, Lisa Marie Presley (daughter of Elvis) married which two men, who were both celebrities in their own right?


answer Answer: Nicolas Cage and Michael Jackson

Interesting Information:
Included among Elvis' grandchildren are fraternal twins, Harper and Finley Lockwood. Their father is Lisa Marie's spouse, Michael Lockwood. Difficulty: Average.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Michael Jackson and Nick Nolte, Nicolas Cage and Michael Douglas, Michael Jordan and Nick Lachey

17. What first name does Sean Connery share with the apostle that doubted the resurrection of Jesus?


answer Answer: Thomas

Interesting Information:
According to imbd, Thomas Sean Connery was born August 25, 1930 in Edinburgh, Scotland. He won Best Supporting Actor for his role in 1988's "The Untouchables". Difficulty: Easy.
 
Some incorrect choices:
David, James, Mark

18. What title of British nobility shares its name with the nickname of John Wayne?


answer Answer: Duke

Interesting Information:
John Wayne's nickname comes from an Airedale dog, named Duke, that the Morrison (real last name) family owned when he was a child. Difficulty: Very Easy.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Earl, Lord, Sir

19. What royal title shares its name with the singer who has given us such songs as "Purple Rain", "Little Red Corvette" and "1999"?


answer Answer: Prince

Interesting Information:
Prince Rogers Nelson was born on June 7, 1958 in Minneapolis, MN. Prince was elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. Difficulty: Very Easy.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Duke, Earl, Lord

20. Which actor was Vice President Al Gore's roommate while they both attended Harvard?


answer Answer: Tommy Lee Jones

Interesting Information:
The correct answer is Tommy Lee Jones. Both men graduated in 1969 but they followed very different paths. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
George Burns, William Hurt, Michael Douglas

21. Which actor has played the characters of Danny Zuko, Vincent Vega and Edna Turnblad?


answer Answer: John Travolta

Interesting Information:
Mr. Travolta certainly is versatile. He sang with Olivia Newton-John in 1978 in the musical "Grease" as Danny Zuko; he portrayed a dancing hit-man with Uma Thurman in 1994's "Pulp Fiction"; he played Tracy Turnblad's mother (yup!) in John Waters' remake of "Hairspray" in 2007. Difficulty: Easy.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Johnny Depp, Nicolas Cage, Harvey Fierstein

22. Before hitting it huge with her self-titled sitcom, this comedienne often referred to herself as a "domestic goddess". Who is she?


answer Answer: Roseanne Barr

Interesting Information:
"Roseanne" (1988-1997) was one of the first sitcoms to show a blue collar working class family. The show jumped the shark around season seven when they wrote in Barr's real life pregnancy. By the ninth season the Conner family won the lottery but lost their audience, and the show ended. Difficulty: Easy.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Cybill Shepherd, Brett Butler, Whoopi Goldberg

23. The actor Humphrey Bogart, via correspondence, played which game with GIs overseas?


answer Answer: Chess

Interesting Information:
In 1942, after filming "Casablanca" Bogart, a keen chess player, began writing to GI's overseas. The letters he wrote included his chess moves. In 1943 the FBI banned all correspondence connected to the chess games as they thought that Bogart was sending secret codes across Europe. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Poker, Checkers, Hangman

24. This American actress and singer became a star in the 1950s with her roles in movies such as "Calamity Jane" and "Pillow Talk". Can you name her?


answer Answer: Doris Day

Interesting Information:
Doris Day, born Doris Kappelhoff, instantly became a super star with her roles in lighthearted musicals and romantic comedies. During her career she received a nomination for an Academy Award and won a Golden Globe and a Grammy. Difficulty: Easy.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Bette Davis, Katharine Hepburn, Barbra Streisand

25. Which celebrity was pulled over for drunk driving in 2006 and proceeded to make anti-Semitic remarks to the arresting officer?


answer Answer: Mel Gibson

Interesting Information:
Mel Gibson issued a formal apology the next day and three days later issued another apology specifically to the Jewish community. Difficulty: Very Easy.
 
Some incorrect choices:
George Clooney, Al Pacino, Brad Pitt

26. In 1994, which actor's funeral was broadcast live on Canadian television?


answer Answer: John Candy

Interesting Information:
While filming "Wagons East" John Candy suffered a fatal heart attack. At his funeral Dan Aykroyd delivered the eulogy. Among the mourners were friends and co-workers including Tom Hanks and Rick Moranis. Difficulty: Average.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Telly Savalas, Cesar Romero, Raul Julia

27. What pop star was granted a US patent in 1993 for helping to create a shoe system called the "Method and Means for Creating Anti-Gravity Illusion"?


answer Answer: Michael Jackson

Interesting Information:
Michael Jackson was featured wearing the shoes in his 1988 video "Smooth Criminal". As written in the patent, the shoe system is "for allowing a shoe wearer to lean forwardly beyond his center of gravity by virtue of wearing a specially designed pair of shoes." Along with his two partners, the US Patent and Trade Office granted the patent to Jackson in 1993 as patent No. 5,255,452. Difficulty: Average.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Prince, Madonna, Bobby Brown

28. Which former heavyweight boxing champion is known for his grilling machine?


answer Answer: George Foreman

Interesting Information:
George Foreman, two-time heavyweight boxing champion, has had a very successful career in promoting the George Foreman Lean Mean Fat Reducing Grilling Machine. Foreman has reportedly made more money selling grills than he did as a boxer. Nearly 100 million grills have been sold since this product was introduced in 1994. Difficulty: Easy.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, Joe Frazier

29. I was born in San Diego, California and was the first skateboarder to land the 900. Who am I?


answer Answer: Tony Hawk

Interesting Information:
Tony Hawk was born on May 12, 1968 in San Diego, California to Nancy and Frank Hawk. He has two sisters, Lenore and Patricia and one brother Steve. Landing the 900 was quite an accomplishment; it is a 2˝-revolution aerial spin that is considered to be one of skateboarding's most difficult stunts. Difficulty: Very Easy.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Eric Kosto, Mike Hastie, Rodney Mullen

30. What did Michael Jordan major in at the University of North Carolina? It may have helped him in his globe trotting lifestyle.


answer Answer: geography

Interesting Information:
A popular tale at the university states that geography has now become one of the most profitable majors at UNC, due solely to Jordan's vast wealth. Difficulty: Easy.
 
Some incorrect choices:
drama, mathematics, history

31. What do these entertainers have in common: Richard Skelton, Robert Keeshan, Robert Bell, and William Irwin?


answer Answer: Clowns

Interesting Information:
Using the names they worked under: Red Skelton was "Freddy the Freeloader", Bob Keeshan was "Clarabell", Bob Bell was "Bozo" and Bill Irwin had no nom' de clown; all of which have all been inducted into the International Clown Hall of Fame. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Tap Dancers, Magicians, Yodelers

32. Who was Johnny Carson's sidekick on the Tonight Show?


answer Answer: Ed McMahon

Interesting Information:
Considered one of the greatest sidekicks in television history by Entertainment Weekly, there is perhaps no greater testament to McMahon's influence on showbiz than in "The Shining."

In it, Jack Nicholson's character famously shouts out "H-e-e-e-re's Johnny!" while holding an axe and trying to murder his wife. Difficulty: Average.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Jay Leno, David Letterman, Conan O'Brien

33. Which actor, who was originally a body-builder, and later went into politics, played the role of Conan in "Conan the Barbarian"?


answer Answer: Arnold Schwarzenegger

Interesting Information:
Arnold starred in two films before "Conan the Barbarian": the cult documentary "Pumping Iron" and "Hercules in New York", also known as "Hercules Goes Bananas". This is a film that I think Arnold would rather forget. Apart from the rather silly plotline, Arnold wears a tight beige body shirt and brown flares. His dialogue is not helped by his very strong accent, but all Arnie fans should see it. Difficulty: Very Easy.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Max von Sydow, James Earl Jones, Bruce Lee

34. In 1954 former Yankee center fielder Joe DiMaggio married which movie star?


answer Answer: Marilyn Monroe

Interesting Information:
Joe and Marilyn were married on January 14, 1954 at San Francisco City Hall. Marilyn filed for divorce from Joe 9 months later. Difficulty: Very Easy.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Audrey Hepburn, Maureen Connelly, Vivien Leigh

35. Which famous pop star sang at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales?


answer Answer: Elton John

Interesting Information:
A close personal friend of Diana, Elton John paid tribute to her with a reworked version of 'Candle in the Wind' at her funeral service at Westminster Abbey on September 6, 1997. Difficulty: Very Easy.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Elvis Presley, Madonna, Michael Jackson
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