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Quiz about Birth Names of Famous People
Quiz about Birth Names of Famous People

Birth Names of Famous People Trivia Quiz


These celebrities weren't always who they are now. This adoption should be easy for most as you discover the famous faces behind the not-so-famous birth names.
This is a renovated/adopted version of an old quiz by author chaoscat

A multiple-choice quiz by TemptressToo. Estimated time: 5 mins.
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Author
TemptressToo
Time
5 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
58
Updated
Mar 30 22
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Very Easy
Avg Score
9 / 10
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Question 1 of 10
1. This two-time Academy Award nominee starred alongside Burt Reynolds in "The Longest Yard" and Audrey Hepburn in "Roman Holiday," before spending six seasons on the hit television show, "Green Acres." What famous face, born Edward Albert Heimberger, might be a rooster in a chicken coop? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. Holding the record for the most Academy Award nominees in the category, "Original Screenplay," with a nod to works such as "Midnight in Paris," "Mighty Aphrodite" and "Blue Jasmine," this celebrity isn't without controversy, especially regarding his muse, Mia Farrow. What famous face, born Allen Stewart Konigsberg, might ask what's new?

Answer: (He had the gall to marry his wife's daughter.)
Question 3 of 10
3. With an Academy Award, three Grammys and six Golden Globes, this next celebrity is no stranger to the silver screen or stage (or hills). A glorious soprano, she loaned her pipes to characters such as Mary Poppins and Eliza Doolittle on stage. What famous face, born Julia Elizabeth Wells, helps the medicine go down? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. Recipient of multiple Emmy and Golden Globes (and one honorary Academy Award), this next celebrity was more well known for his dancing than acting. Although he had a favorite ginger, he also shared the screen with Judy Garland in "Easter Parade" and Audrey Hepburn in "Funny Face." What famous face, born Frederick Austerlitz, just foxtrotted by? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. Signed to RCA, this next celebrity had thirty-one singles charting on the Billboard charts, making him a teen idol. Hollywood decided to capitalize on his appeal and he appeared in movies like "The Alamo" before becoming a fixture in the "Beach Party" series. What famous face, born Francis Thomas Avallone, jiggles your jello? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. With an honorary Academy Award, this next celebrity started her career as a model. She made a huge first impression in her first film role, starring beside Humphrey Bogart in "To Have and Have Not". A versatile actress, she had roles in "How to Marry a Millionaire" and "Key Largo." What famous face, born Betty Joan Perske, might make you whistle?

Answer: (Long-time love of Humphrey Bogart.)
Question 7 of 10
7. One of only a few actors to hold the Triple Crown of Acting (Oscar, Emmy, Tony), this next celebrity is known for such roles as Anne Sullivan in "The Miracle Worker" and Mrs. Robinson in "The Graduate." She married Mel Brooks in 1964, happily married until her death in 2005. What famous face, born Anna Maria Louisa Italiano, is trying to seduce me? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. With an Academy Award and multiple Grammy's, this next celebrity had humble beginnings "In Living Color." Mind blowing his rocketing star from there into the actor he became in roles as Ray Charles and Django. What famous face, born Eric Marlon Bishop, is gonna rock your world? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. With nineteen Grammys and two Emmys to his name, this next celebrity was a crooner of Italian descent. With hit songs such as "Rags to Riches" and "Blue Velvet", he was an extremely popular Las Vegas headliner. What famous face, born Antonio Dominic Benedetto, is this thing called love? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. With twelve Grammys, an Academy Award, and sixteen Guinness World Records to her name, this next celebrity is vastly talented as a songwriter, singer and actress. She may have been born this way, but she set Hollywood ablaze in her role as Ally in "A Star Is Born." What famous poker face, born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, might deserve your applause? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. This two-time Academy Award nominee starred alongside Burt Reynolds in "The Longest Yard" and Audrey Hepburn in "Roman Holiday," before spending six seasons on the hit television show, "Green Acres." What famous face, born Edward Albert Heimberger, might be a rooster in a chicken coop?

Answer: Eddie Albert

Born in 1906, Albert studied at the University of Minnesota, majoring in business. He served his country during World War II in both the Navy and Coast Guard. Eddie Albert spent six decades in show business, his career spanning everything from major movies to the Broadway stage, including starring as Ali Hakim in the 1955 movie musical "Oklahoma".

That name change? Albert claimed his surname was often mispronounced as "hamburger," so he used his middle name instead.
2. Holding the record for the most Academy Award nominees in the category, "Original Screenplay," with a nod to works such as "Midnight in Paris," "Mighty Aphrodite" and "Blue Jasmine," this celebrity isn't without controversy, especially regarding his muse, Mia Farrow. What famous face, born Allen Stewart Konigsberg, might ask what's new?

Answer: Woody Allen

Born in 1935, Woody Allen's career began in comedy as both a writer and stand-up comedian. After high school graduation, Allen attended New York University for a time, majoring in communications. Ultimately, a college degree became uninteresting and Allen began a successful career as a writer, actor, and director.

Controversy came calling in the 90s when Allen married his former partner, Mia Farrow's, adopted daughter, Soon-Yi Previn.

The name change? Allen took a stage name that sounded less Jewish, legally changing his name to Heywood Allen in the early 1950s (and that got shortened to "Woody").
3. With an Academy Award, three Grammys and six Golden Globes, this next celebrity is no stranger to the silver screen or stage (or hills). A glorious soprano, she loaned her pipes to characters such as Mary Poppins and Eliza Doolittle on stage. What famous face, born Julia Elizabeth Wells, helps the medicine go down?

Answer: Julie Andrews

Born in 1935, Julie Andrews grew up in a tumultuous home in England. Her mother (herself a performer), encouraged her talents, enrolling the girl in the Cone-Ripman School where she trained her four-octave instrument with Madame Lillian Stiles-Allen. During World War II, Andrews traveled with her parents, entertaining troops on the circuit before she caught a break singing at the London Hippodrome. From there, the world became her stage as she took on a wide variety of roles as both a singer and an actress.

That name change? This one isn't too surprising, Julie took the last name of her stepfather, Ted Andrews, who supported her young career and vocal training.
4. Recipient of multiple Emmy and Golden Globes (and one honorary Academy Award), this next celebrity was more well known for his dancing than acting. Although he had a favorite ginger, he also shared the screen with Judy Garland in "Easter Parade" and Audrey Hepburn in "Funny Face." What famous face, born Frederick Austerlitz, just foxtrotted by?

Answer: Fred Astaire

Born in 1899, Fred Astaire spent his early years on the vaudeville stage with his sister, Adele. With several decades of entertaining under his belt, Astaire ended up testing for RKO Pictures that famously noted the actor as someone that "Can't sing. Can't act. Balding. Can dance a little." Despite this, Astaire's charm was more than enough to secure him a contract and Astaire got busy in musicals, a genre popular at that time.

That name change? Fred's mom felt the surname of her youngsters sounded like something from the Napoleonic Wars, so she changed it.
5. Signed to RCA, this next celebrity had thirty-one singles charting on the Billboard charts, making him a teen idol. Hollywood decided to capitalize on his appeal and he appeared in movies like "The Alamo" before becoming a fixture in the "Beach Party" series. What famous face, born Francis Thomas Avallone, jiggles your jello?

Answer: Frankie Avalon

Born in 1940, Frankie Avalon rode teen idol fame through song and screen. Avalon appeared on such shows as The Jackie Gleason Show as a singer and chart topper. His most famous series paired him with Annette Funicello, the duo starring in Beach Party, then Muscle Beach Party, and then Bikini Beach.

Avalon's star rose again in 1978's "Grease" where he appeared as the Teen Angel singing "Beauty School Dropout."

That name change? I couldn't find anything definitive, but it's probably an Americanized version of his birth name.
6. With an honorary Academy Award, this next celebrity started her career as a model. She made a huge first impression in her first film role, starring beside Humphrey Bogart in "To Have and Have Not". A versatile actress, she had roles in "How to Marry a Millionaire" and "Key Largo." What famous face, born Betty Joan Perske, might make you whistle?

Answer: Lauren Bacall

Born in 1924, Lauren Bacall was known for her classic good looks and sultry voice. It must have made quite the impression on her first costar, Humphrey Bogart, as they married in 1945, starring in multiple movies together, including "The Big Sleep" and "Key Largo." The two remained inseparable until Bogart's death in 1957.

That name change? Bacall was a derivative of Lauren's mother's maiden name.
7. One of only a few actors to hold the Triple Crown of Acting (Oscar, Emmy, Tony), this next celebrity is known for such roles as Anne Sullivan in "The Miracle Worker" and Mrs. Robinson in "The Graduate." She married Mel Brooks in 1964, happily married until her death in 2005. What famous face, born Anna Maria Louisa Italiano, is trying to seduce me?

Answer: Anne Bancroft

Born in 1931, Anne Bancroft grew up in the Bronx with her Italian immigrant parents. The first of many awards, Bancroft won her first Tony for her role in "Two for the Seesaw," followed by a second Tony for her work in "The Miracle Worker" (she also won an Oscar for the film adaptation of this role).

She met her husband, Mel Brooks, in 1961 on the set of Perry Como's variety show and the two were devoted until her death of uterine cancer.

That name change? Bancroft was chosen at the insistence of studio executive, Darryl Zanuck, as being a more dignified selection.
8. With an Academy Award and multiple Grammy's, this next celebrity had humble beginnings "In Living Color." Mind blowing his rocketing star from there into the actor he became in roles as Ray Charles and Django. What famous face, born Eric Marlon Bishop, is gonna rock your world?

Answer: Jamie Foxx

Born in 1967, Jamie Foxx was raised by his maternal grandparents, to whom he credited his success. Perhaps not surprising given his prowess as Ray Charles, Foxx began playing piano when he was only five, eventually becoming the pianist for his Baptist church choir.

Foxx broke into comedy doing standup in 1989 after being dared by his girlfriend and became part of the In Living Color cast shortly thereafter.

That name change? Foxx chose his stage name as a nod to black comedian, Redd Foxx.
9. With nineteen Grammys and two Emmys to his name, this next celebrity was a crooner of Italian descent. With hit songs such as "Rags to Riches" and "Blue Velvet", he was an extremely popular Las Vegas headliner. What famous face, born Antonio Dominic Benedetto, is this thing called love?

Answer: Tony Bennett

Born in 1926, Tony Bennett grew up in Queens to Italian immigrant parents. His early influences was from the big band genre and jazz with Judy Garland, Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong among his favorites. A stint in the U.S. Army during World War II resulted in him using his GI Bill money to study the bel canto singing style. A recording contract with Columbia Records soon followed, launching many decades worth of professional performances.

That name change? That came courtesy of fellow performer, Bob Hope, who wanted to take Tony on tour and simplified his moniker.
10. With twelve Grammys, an Academy Award, and sixteen Guinness World Records to her name, this next celebrity is vastly talented as a songwriter, singer and actress. She may have been born this way, but she set Hollywood ablaze in her role as Ally in "A Star Is Born." What famous poker face, born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, might deserve your applause?

Answer: Lady Gaga

Born in 1986 in Manhattan, Lady Gaga was raised in an all-girls private Catholic school. Talented from an early age, she began playing piano at age four, dabbling in musical theater and method acting which culminated into her admission to New York University's music school.

Gaga eventually signed a short-termed contract with Def Jam Recordings, and then set out on her own as a songwriter for Britney Spears, Fergie and the Pussycat Dolls. Things finally came together for her in her own right with her debut album, The Fame, which resulted in the first of her many Grammy nominations.
Source: Author TemptressToo

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