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  Timeless from Seattle   great trivia quiz  
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All the people in this quiz were born in Seattle. Can you identify them from the descriptions given?
Average, 10 Qns, rossian, Oct 04 18
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Oct 04 18
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  People Say I'm the Life of the Party   popular trivia quiz  
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Gypsy Rose Lee was certainly the life of any party, famous for her burlesque dance routines and humorous witty repartee on stage. How well do you know the woman behind the legend?
Average, 10 Qns, Plodd, Jun 17 12
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Washington Famous People Trivia Questions

1. Which convicted murderer, from Seattle, became better known by a nickname during his long incarceration?

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Timeless from Seattle

Answer: Robert Stroud

Stroud acquired the nickname 'Birdman of Alcatraz' due to his interest in rearing birds while in prison. He was originally imprisoned at Leavenworth, following a conviction for murder. While there, he found and raised some baby sparrows before being allowed to keep numerous canaries in his cell. Stroud became something of a celebrity, even publishing a book about the diseases of canaries. Although his nickname references Alcatraz, he was not allowed to keep his birds in that prison, where he was transferred in 1942. The other three men also had nicknames, but these were acquired prior to their arrests, not during imprisonment. DeSalvo was known as 'The Boston Strangler', Ramirez was 'The Night Stalker' and Berkowitz was 'Son of Sam'.

2. Gypsy Rose Lee was an iconic striptease and burlesque dancer born on 9th January 1911 in Seattle, Washington. What was her name at birth?

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Answer: Rose Louise Hovick

Rose Louise Hovick was born to a Rose Thompson Hovick and Jack Olaf Hovick. Mama Rose was only nineteen when she gave birth to her daughter, Rose Louise. Jack Olaf Hovick was originally from Norway, before making his home in America and working as a salesman and reporter for the "Seattle Times". Two years later, Mama Rose gave birth to another daughter, June.

3. Which Seattle born sprinter, and hurdler, overcame Graves disease to win Olympic gold in both 1992 and 1996?

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Answer: Gail Devers

Gail's career came to halt in 1990 when she was diagnosed with Graves disease, having had health problems for the previous two years. As an athlete, she was limited in the medication she could take, since some of the available drugs were banned as being performance enhancing. She overcame the setback to win 100 metres gold medals at both Barcelona and Atlanta, with a further gold for the relay at the latter games. Devers also won several gold medals at World Championships, including for the hurdles, which had eluded her at the Olympics.

4. The young sisters who grew up together could not be more different. One was blond haired and one was dark. One was dainty and petite while the other was more robust. June was referred to as Baby June and Gypsy Rose Lee was known by what nickname?

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Answer: Plug

Rose Thompson Hovick and Jack Olaf Hovick divorced not long after their second daughter was born. This gave Mama Rose the chance to use her two daughters to meet her own needs. She had a vision of Plug being a star on stage but instead turned her attention to Baby June who was more talented and attractive. June was able to dance 'en pointe' when she was two years old and this led to several bookings for stage work. Plug, or Louise as she was also called, did not join the act until she was seven years old.

5. Well, hello. This thoroughly modern actress and singer made her name in musical theatre and film, before turning to television. Who is this Seattle native?

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Answer: Carol Channing

Among Carol's best known roles are Dolly, in 'Hello, Dolly!' on stage and Muzzy in the 1967 film version of 'Thoroughly Modern Millie', so I hope my not too subtle hints in the question helped you identify her. Channing was born in Seattle in 1921, but lived there only briefly before her family relocated to San Francisco. Having started her career in 1941, Channing was still appearing on television shows into the twenty-first century.

6. During the 1920s, June and Louise were often seen touring the country with their act, often performing on stage alongside dancers, singers, magicians, comedians and acrobats. What was this type of performance better known as?

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Answer: Vaudeville

Mama Rose was always in debt, spending the money her daughters earned and often forcing the two girls to steal. They appeared in the Vaudeville productions "Baby June, the Pocket-sized Pavlova" and "Madam Rose's Dancing Daughters". June was the star of the show with Louise often singing in the chorus. Young street urchins were employed to be part of the act, "Baby June and Her Farmboys". It all came to an end when June became too old to act such a young part and she eventually eloped with one of the male dancers when she was 15 years old. It was at this time during the late 1920s/early 1930s when stars of Vaudeville such as Al Jolson, Buster Keaton and the Marx Brothers, were turning towards a new direction - the talking movie.

7. When Gypsy Rose Lee was growing up, she had a hobby that would later become immortalised during her years as a Burlesque dancer. What hobby was this?

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Answer: Reading tea leaves

Louise took on the stage name of Gypsy Rose Lee from her love of reading tea leaves. Reading tea leaves, or tasseography as it was formerly known, stems back to Romany gypsies who would travel from town to town telling fortunes. And so it came to be that the name Gypsy was to become immortalised as her stage name, along with Rose and Lee which were both taken from her real name, Rose Louise.

8. Gypsy Rose Lee was born in Seattle in the early 1900s. What was her original surname?

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Answer: Hovick

Gypsy Rose Lee's name has become almost synonymous with the art of tasteful striptease in burlesque shows. Her birth name was Rose Louise Hovick - known in the family by her second name, as her mother was also named Rose. As well as her performances in vaudeville, Rose also appeared in several films, using the name Louise Hovick, and on television shows. The film 'Gypsy', a fictional version of her life story was released in 1962, with Natalie Wood playing the role of Gypsy Rose Lee.

9. Which Seattle born musician is best known as an instrumentalist, with the saxophone being his instrument of choice?

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Answer: Kenny G

Kennth Gorelick, to give him his full name, was born and raised in Seattle, and even attended the University of Washington in his home city. He took up playing the saxophone at the age of ten, joining his first band when only seventeen and still studying. Arista Records signed him in 1982, and Kenny became successful pretty much immediately, with his first album, called 'Kenny G', selling well and being praised by music critics. Regular album releases have followed, with success on both the US Jazz charts and the mainstream Billboard Hot 200.

10. While primarily thought of as a Canadian, which comedian, particularly known for his improvisation skills, was born in Seattle in 1959?

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Answer: Ryan Stiles

Myers, Hartman and Moranis were all born in Canada. Stiles was born in Seattle, to Canadian parents, although he was raised in Canada. He made his name by appearing on the television show 'Whose Line is it Anyway?', initially in the UK and then in the US version.

11. Which sportsman, born in Seattle in 1982, made his name by travelling very fast on ice?

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Answer: Apolo Ohno

Ohno came to prominence as a speed skater in the 2000s, winning gold medals at the 2002 Winter Olympics (Salt Lake City) and again in 2006 (Turin) over different distances. He also racked up eight golds at World Championships, with numerous silvers and bronzes to add to his collection. Ohno retired from competitive sport in 2013. The others also performed on ice - Stojko (Canadian) and Davison (born in California) took part in figure skating while Mario Lemieux (also Canadian) played ice hockey.

12. Natalie Wood famously played the role of Gypsy Rose Lee in the 1962 film, "Gypsy". Which actress took on the same role in the 1993 film remake with the same title?

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Answer: Cynthia Gibb

Both the 1962 and 1993 versions of the film "Gypsy" were loosely based on the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee. They featured songs written by Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim which included "Everything's Coming Up Roses" and "Let Me Entertain You". In the original film, Natalie Wood starred alongside Rosalind Russell as Mama Rose. The 1993 film had Cynthia Gibb cast as Gypsy alongside Bette Midler as Mama. Cynthia Gibb was a former model and known for her film and television work. She was also a qualified voice coach. Apart from playing Gypsy Rose Lee, she was best remembered for playing the lead role in the 1989 made for television film "The Karen Carpenter Story".

13. Which singer would certainly believe that Seattle is up where she belongs, since she was born there in 1947?

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Answer: Jennifer Warnes

Although born in Seattle, Jennifer was raised in California, where she began her career singing in clubs, before signing her first recording contract in 1968. In 1971, she met Leonard Cohen, touring regularly with him. The two remained friends until Cohen's death in 2016. In 1976, Jennifer had a Billboard Hot 100 hit with 'Right Time of the Night', which reached number six. Her two major hits both came from films, and duets: in 1982 she sang 'Up Where We Belong', with Joe Cocker from 'An Officer and a Gentleman', while in 1987 she duetted with Bill Medley on '(I've Had) the Time of My Life' from the film 'Dirty Dancing'. Both of these songs hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100.

14. Gypsy Rose Lee passed away on 26 April 1970 when she was 59 years old. What was the cause of death?

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Answer: Lung cancer

Gypsy Rose Lee once said, "If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing slowly ... very slowly". She had the intelligence to turn what could have been a sleazy act into something which was tasteful and entertaining. She was known for more "tease" than "strip", and this was proved when she would take up to 15 minutes to remove one glove, all the while entertaining her audience with witty repartee. She stopped stripping when she was in her forties, spending time instead at her new home in Beverly Hills indulging in creative hobbies such as gardening, antique collecting and dog breeding. She still made the occasional guest appearance on television; one such programme being "What's My Line?" in 1959. In front of a panel of four blindfolded judges, she provocatively removed her gloves finger by finger, much to the amusement of the audience, and then filled her mouth with marbles to disguise her voice. One of the panel guessed her identity and she was heard saying "You fill your mouth full of these, and every day your remove a marble. When you have lost all your marbles you're a stripper".

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