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Quiz about Leading Ladies of Hollywoods Golden Age
Quiz about Leading Ladies of Hollywoods Golden Age

Leading Ladies of Hollywood's Golden Age Quiz


Think you know Jean Harlow from Marilyn Monroe, or Marlene Dietrich from Greta Garbo? This quiz is all about the famous actresses who graced the screen from the '20s to '60s.

A multiple-choice quiz by Puglove1. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
Puglove1
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
291,882
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
7 / 10
Plays
2195
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Question 1 of 10
1. Who was this famous actress, who was famous for her bouffant hairdo and girl-next-door charm, and starred in some of the most popular movies of the '50s and '60s? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. This actress starred in films through the '30s and '40s and was a classically trained singer. She retired from acting in the '50s. Who was she? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. Which movie star starred in successes like "All About Eve" and "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?", and was noted for her willingness to play roles that were unconventional? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. Joan Crawford started out in silent films.


Question 5 of 10
5. Who hasn't heard of Grace Kelly, the beautiful starlet turned princess? Even if you remember her fabulous movies and fairy tale wedding, you might not remember who her prince was. What was his name, and what principality was his? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. Betty Grable was an actress during the '50s when she appeared in the 1953 film "How to Marry a Millionaire". Which other, more famous actresses also starred in the comedy? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. This scandalous actress was big stuff during the pre-Hays Code Hollywood, starring in such films as "The Divorcée" (1930), which portrayed her as a sexually liberated women. The code, though, nearly put her out of business. Who is this steamy actress? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. In a contest held in Hollywood during its cultural peak, a Queen and King of Hollywood were selected. The King was Clark Gable; who was his Queen? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. The role of the glamorous diva, Norma Desmond, in "Sunset Boulevard", was offered to many former silent film stars but who eventually took it? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. Who said the infamous line "I want to be alone"? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Who was this famous actress, who was famous for her bouffant hairdo and girl-next-door charm, and starred in some of the most popular movies of the '50s and '60s?

Answer: Doris Day

Doris Day was a major star of Hollywood in its prime. She starred in many popular films like "Pillow Talk" (1959), her most successful, with Rock Hudson. She started off as a dancer until she shattered her leg in a car accident, and during recovery discovered her ability to sing.

She became a vegetarian whom friends nicknamed Clara Bixby. Interesting note: Her son, Terry, was actually the intended victim of Charles Manson's cult killings. His old home was sold and belonged to Sharon Tate.
2. This actress starred in films through the '30s and '40s and was a classically trained singer. She retired from acting in the '50s. Who was she?

Answer: Irene Dunne

Irene Dunne was a big star in the '30s and '40s. She was often cast in roles that allowed her to sing, but she also starred in screwball comedies. Some of her movies included "The Awful Truth" (1937) and "Show Boat" (1936). She died in 1990 of heart failure.
3. Which movie star starred in successes like "All About Eve" and "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?", and was noted for her willingness to play roles that were unconventional?

Answer: Bette Davis

Bette never thought she'd ever become famous, mostly because she thought she was unattractive and not star material. She went on to become arguably one of the world's most famous actors. You might have heard of the quote, "Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a bumpy night!", before, but did you know it was Bette who said it in her role as Margo Channing in "All About Eve" (1950)?
4. Joan Crawford started out in silent films.

Answer: True

She started out in silent films as a flapper, but eventually changed her style as the times changed. Probably one of her most famous films was "Mildred Pierce" (1946). Interesting note: She had a rivalry with fellow star Bette Davis and they didn't exactly like working together, which they never did until 1962's "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?" In one scene, Bette kicked Joan in the head so hard that later she needed stitches.

In another scene, Bette had to drag Joan across a room. As revenge, Joan loaded her pockets with weight, which caused an injury to Bette's back that lasted for days.
5. Who hasn't heard of Grace Kelly, the beautiful starlet turned princess? Even if you remember her fabulous movies and fairy tale wedding, you might not remember who her prince was. What was his name, and what principality was his?

Answer: Prince Rainier of Monaco

Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier of Monaco and became a member of the prestigious Grimaldi family. Note: While Grand Duke Jean was a real person and previously the ruler of Luxembourg, I made up Prince Philip and Duke Robert. Some of Grace's movies were "Dial M for Murder" (1954) and "High Society" (1956).
6. Betty Grable was an actress during the '50s when she appeared in the 1953 film "How to Marry a Millionaire". Which other, more famous actresses also starred in the comedy?

Answer: Lauren Bacall and Marilyn Monroe

The film was a success and was a perfect example of the actresses' different styles of acting, but it's probably not their most well known. Arguably, Marilyn's most successful and most famous before her untimely death was either "Some Like It Hot" (1959) or "The Seven Year Itch" (1955). Some of Lauren's were "To Have and Have Not" (1944), her first film, and "The Big Sleep" (1946).
7. This scandalous actress was big stuff during the pre-Hays Code Hollywood, starring in such films as "The Divorcée" (1930), which portrayed her as a sexually liberated women. The code, though, nearly put her out of business. Who is this steamy actress?

Answer: Norma Shearer

While the Jazz Age - during which all of the women mentioned in the answers worked - claimed to be quite liberated and open, in reality, it wasn't. While flappers were seen as interesting and exciting, women who actually personified this image like Clara Bow and Norma Shearer, actually weren't very welcome after their saucy films were banned by the Code. If you picked Marion Davies or especially Lillian Gish, I'll inform you that Marion Davies mostly played light-hearted girls in comedies and Lillian Gish played innocent young girls in tragedies and dramas. Neither was exactly the flapper of the '20s.
8. In a contest held in Hollywood during its cultural peak, a Queen and King of Hollywood were selected. The King was Clark Gable; who was his Queen?

Answer: Myrna Loy

I was honestly surprised that Myrna Loy was picked instead of an actress most people have actually heard of today, but I guess she was pretty big back then. In addition to being crowned Queen of Hollywood in the 1930s, Loy starred in huge hits like "The Best Years of Our Lives" (1936). On another note, Carole Lombard was Gable's ACTUAL wife, until her death in the early '40s.
9. The role of the glamorous diva, Norma Desmond, in "Sunset Boulevard", was offered to many former silent film stars but who eventually took it?

Answer: Gloria Swanson

Many other fellow silent film stars came to see a showing of the film and were rather shocked because Norma Desmond was more similar to themselves than many of them had thought. Although probably best known as Norma Desmond in "Sunset Boulevard", Swanson also made movies like "Sadie Thompson" (1928) and her unfinished film, "Queen Kelly" (1928).
10. Who said the infamous line "I want to be alone"?

Answer: Greta Garbo

Yes, I ended it with the incomparable Greta Garbo, whose beauty was only matched by her mysterious personality and talent. The famous line actually came out sounding more like "I vant to be alone", because of Greta's Swedish accent. She said this in the movie "Grand Hotel" (1932). She said the line while in character as an apparently temperamental ballerina.
Source: Author Puglove1

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