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What a Drag! Trivia Quiz


Let's explore some of the entertainers who have chosen to present themselves as a member of the opposite gender at some point in their career.

A multiple-choice quiz by looney_tunes. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
looney_tunes
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
350,143
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Easy
Avg Score
8 / 10
Plays
1918
Awards
Top 5% quiz!
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Question 1 of 10
1. You may remember him for the many films he made with Walter Matthau, which included 'The Odd Couple' (1968), or as Joe Clay, the alcoholic businessman in 'Days of Wine and Roses' (1962), or for his Oscar-winning performance in 'Save the Tiger' (1973). In 1959, before any of this, he played the part of a man hiding from gangsters by pretending to be a woman, and joining an all-girl band to get out of town, in 'Some Like It Hot'. Who was this cinematic star? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. Harris Glenn Milstead starred in a number of films directed by John Waters, who gave him the nickname which he later adopted as his heavenly performing name for much of his career. By what name is he better known? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. In the 1967 film 'The Graduate', he was Benjamin Braddock, who got involved with two women, who happened to be mother and daughter, but at least they both knew who he really was. In the 1982 film 'Tootsie', he played Michael Dorsey, an actor who dressed as a woman to get a part in a soap opera. This was much more complicated, because he fell in love with Julie, who thought he was a woman and wanted to be best friends. Which actor, who received an American Film Institute Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999, was this? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. During the 1990s, a performer from the New York City and Atlanta club scenes became a national celebrity because of a range of television, film and musical performances. Known most often by his first name, and known for his indifference about being called 'he' or 'she', no matter which gender he was currently dressed as, can you identify this performer? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. Good morning Vietnam, it's time for awakenings and getting ready to go good will hunting for something to fit into the birdcage. What actor donned a frock to portray a divorced man eager to keep in close touch with his children in the 1993 film 'Mrs. Doubtfire'? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. Australian actor Barry Humphries created a purple-haired, gladioli-loving, suburban housewife in 1955. Over the years, this character has grown through the stages of being a 'Housewife and Superstar' to being a 'Gigastar', who became a Dame along the way. What was the name of this Moonee Ponds housewife? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. In the 1982 comedy 'Victor Victoria', a struggling female singer got a job pretending to be a male who was a female impersonator. You will hardly be surprised to learn that it complicated her personal life. What actress, well loved for more family-oriented roles in 'Mary Poppins' and 'The Sound of Music', played Victoria Grant/Victor Grazinski? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. This performer is actually known for his androgynous look - somewhere between male and female. In the early 1980s, however, he really stood out on the pop music scene. Who became the lead singer for Culture Club in 1982? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. Before he portrayed Elrond in 'The Lord of the Rings' (2001, 2002, 2003) this Australian actor played Anthony "Tick" Melrose, a drag queen who performed under the name of Mitzi Del Bra, in the Australian film 'The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert' (1994). Who also provided the voice of Rex, the male sheepdog, in 'Babe' (1995), a role he reprised for 'Babe: Pig in the City' (1998)? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. The Monty Python team has never shrunk from dressing up in female attire, but one song, which was first performed on the ninth episode of 'Monty Python's Flying Circus', is probably the most familiar to many. 'The Lumberjack Song' started as a lament about a boring job, and ended up with the revelation that he wore "high heels, suspenders, and a bra." Which member of the Python team, who post-Python changed gears to be involved in travel documentaries such as 'Pole to Pole', first performed this routine when it appeared on television? Hint



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1. You may remember him for the many films he made with Walter Matthau, which included 'The Odd Couple' (1968), or as Joe Clay, the alcoholic businessman in 'Days of Wine and Roses' (1962), or for his Oscar-winning performance in 'Save the Tiger' (1973). In 1959, before any of this, he played the part of a man hiding from gangsters by pretending to be a woman, and joining an all-girl band to get out of town, in 'Some Like It Hot'. Who was this cinematic star?

Answer: Jack Lemmon

Jack Lemmon was nominated for the Best Actor Oscar for his performance in this movie, the first of many he made with director Billy Wilder. Joe and Jerry (played by Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis) had witnessed the St Valentine's Day massacre, and were running to avoid being eliminated by the killers - a pretty grim premise for a comedy! As Josephine and Geraldine (also called Daphne onstage), they joined an all-girl band that was on its way out of town. On the train to Florida, they both fell in love with Sugar Kane (played by Marilyn Monroe) and had to woo her while not revealing their gender.

Then there's the millionaire who fell for Daphne, and the mobsters who arrive in town for a convention, and it all got pretty complicated.
2. Harris Glenn Milstead starred in a number of films directed by John Waters, who gave him the nickname which he later adopted as his heavenly performing name for much of his career. By what name is he better known?

Answer: Divine

Milstead adopted the outrageous Divine persona wholeheartedly, as part of the alternative culture scene of the late 1960s and 1970s. Aside from the underground films he made with John Waters, which included the iconic 'Pink Flamingos', 'Polyester' and 'Hairspray', he had a career as a disco singer, and his regular appearances on late-night talk shows made him a very familiar figure during the 1980s.

He died from an enlarged heart in 1988.
3. In the 1967 film 'The Graduate', he was Benjamin Braddock, who got involved with two women, who happened to be mother and daughter, but at least they both knew who he really was. In the 1982 film 'Tootsie', he played Michael Dorsey, an actor who dressed as a woman to get a part in a soap opera. This was much more complicated, because he fell in love with Julie, who thought he was a woman and wanted to be best friends. Which actor, who received an American Film Institute Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999, was this?

Answer: Dustin Hoffman

Dustin Hoffman portrayed this actor who couldn't get a job because he was so difficult to work with - his insistence on method acting kept putting him at loggerheads with directors. It has been suggested that the role was written with Hoffman in mind - he certainly is convincing as he insists that the tomato would never behave as the director of the commercial from which he has been fired wanted. 'Tootsie' was only one of many films in which Hoffman has played a wide-ranging assortment of characters - you could never charge him with being typecast at a young age! He won Academy Awards for Best Actor for his performances in 'Kramer vs Kramer' (1979) and 'Rain Man' (1988), as well as a slew of other prestigious awards.

Bill Murray played Michael Dorsey's roommate, Sydney Pollack his agent, and Dabney Coleman the director of the soap opera in 'Tootsie'.
4. During the 1990s, a performer from the New York City and Atlanta club scenes became a national celebrity because of a range of television, film and musical performances. Known most often by his first name, and known for his indifference about being called 'he' or 'she', no matter which gender he was currently dressed as, can you identify this performer?

Answer: RuPaul

RuPaul Andre Charles (yes, RuPaul is really his first name) is known not only as a flamboyant drag queen, but also as a musician and as a host for several reality television shows. He has played some male parts in films, usually billed as RuPaul Charles, to distinguish these performances from the cross-dressing performances of RuPaul.
5. Good morning Vietnam, it's time for awakenings and getting ready to go good will hunting for something to fit into the birdcage. What actor donned a frock to portray a divorced man eager to keep in close touch with his children in the 1993 film 'Mrs. Doubtfire'?

Answer: Robin Williams

In 'Mrs. Doubtfire', Daniel Hillard (Williams), an unemployed actor, pretended to be a female to take a position as nanny to his children, who were in the custody of his estranged wife. Euphegenia Doubtfire was a hit with both the kids and the ex-wife, until (inevitably) the imposture was exposed and it all fell to pieces, temporarily. By the end of the movie, the family was reunited, and Mrs Doubtfire was only seen on her new children's television show.

Robin Williams first came to popular attention in the television series 'Mork and Mindy' (1978-1982), and has had a long career as a stand-up comedian. His first major film role was as Popeye in the film 'Popeye' (1980). Subsequent films (referred to in the question) include 'Good Morning, Vietnam' (1987), 'Awakenings' (1990), 'Good Will Hunting' (1997) and 'The Birdcage' (1996), among many others.
6. Australian actor Barry Humphries created a purple-haired, gladioli-loving, suburban housewife in 1955. Over the years, this character has grown through the stages of being a 'Housewife and Superstar' to being a 'Gigastar', who became a Dame along the way. What was the name of this Moonee Ponds housewife?

Answer: Edna Everage

Edna was originally created as a satire of the suburban housewife, with her surname meant to suggest 'average', along with her husband Norm, for 'normal'. Over the years she expanded, growing more flamboyant, and taking on a life of her own to the extant that an 'autobiography' has been listed by its publisher as non-fiction.

She often performed on stage with her bridesmaid and best friend, Madge Allsop, who never spoke. After the actress who played Madge died, she was replaced by the character of Edna's daughter Valmai. Sir Les Patterson is another Humphries creation, an obnoxious man with no manners, and happy to offend all and sundry with his racist and sexist comments. Dame Edna is a much nicer persona.
7. In the 1982 comedy 'Victor Victoria', a struggling female singer got a job pretending to be a male who was a female impersonator. You will hardly be surprised to learn that it complicated her personal life. What actress, well loved for more family-oriented roles in 'Mary Poppins' and 'The Sound of Music', played Victoria Grant/Victor Grazinski?

Answer: Julie Andrews

Julie Andrews took on a much grittier role here than in the family favorites mentioned in the question. While the film was still a musical comedy, it dealt with issues that are far more adult - homosexuality, transvestism, and general issues related to gender identity.

The film was directed by her husband, Blake Edwards. She won a Golden Globe award for this performance, and was nominated for an Academy Award.
8. This performer is actually known for his androgynous look - somewhere between male and female. In the early 1980s, however, he really stood out on the pop music scene. Who became the lead singer for Culture Club in 1982?

Answer: Boy George

George Alan O'Dowd (of Irish extraction and with an uncertain gender onstage) joined Mikey Craig (a black Londoner), John Moss (a Jew from London) and Roy Hay (an Anglo-Saxon from Essex) to form a group called In Praise of Lemmings. That name was briefly followed by Sex Gang Children, before they settled on a name reflecting the diverse cultural elements they brought to the band.

Culture Club broke up in the late 80s, but there have been several reunions. Boy George has been pursuing a solo career, and has been in the headlines on a number of occasions for drug and other felony charges.
9. Before he portrayed Elrond in 'The Lord of the Rings' (2001, 2002, 2003) this Australian actor played Anthony "Tick" Melrose, a drag queen who performed under the name of Mitzi Del Bra, in the Australian film 'The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert' (1994). Who also provided the voice of Rex, the male sheepdog, in 'Babe' (1995), a role he reprised for 'Babe: Pig in the City' (1998)?

Answer: Hugo Weaving

'The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert' featured Guy Pearce, Hugo Weaving and Terence Stamp as three drag queens on a voyage from Sydney to Alice Springs. Hugo Weaving played Anthony "Tick" Melrose/Mitzi Del Bra, a middle-aged performer who had been asked to put on a show in Alice Springs at the hotel managed by his estranged wife. He enlisted two friends to help him in the endeavour. Guy Pearce played Adam Whitely/Felicia Jollygoodfellow, a flamboyant young drag queen. Terence Stamp was Bernadette Bassinger, a transsexual woman.

This film is considered a landmark film for its acceptance of the validity of the main characters' chosen lifestyles, and their struggle to find acceptance for who they are. It has subsequently been adapted as a stage musical, which has been performed in Australia, New Zealand, London and New York.

As well as the movies mentioned in the question, Hugo Weaving has starred in the Australian film 'Proof' (1991) as a blind photographer who makes friends with Andy, played by Russell Crowe. Weaving won an AFI award for Best Actor, and Crowe for Best Supporting Actor. He has also starred in 'The Matrix' series of films as Agent Smith.
10. The Monty Python team has never shrunk from dressing up in female attire, but one song, which was first performed on the ninth episode of 'Monty Python's Flying Circus', is probably the most familiar to many. 'The Lumberjack Song' started as a lament about a boring job, and ended up with the revelation that he wore "high heels, suspenders, and a bra." Which member of the Python team, who post-Python changed gears to be involved in travel documentaries such as 'Pole to Pole', first performed this routine when it appeared on television?

Answer: Michael Palin

The song has been included in a number of live shows and movies, with slightly different details each time, but the overall picture remained the same. A man with a boring job says he really always wanted to be a lumberjack, and starts to describe the rugged life of the lumberjack. At some point a chorus dressed as Royal Canadian Mounted Police join him. As his description of the idyllic life of the lumberjack becomes increasingly bizarre, the mounties stop echoing him, and leave in confusion and/or disgust. In the original televised version, Michael Palin was featured in the skit, but the role was later taken on by Eric Idle.

As well as being a stalwart of the Monty Python team, Michael Palin has forged a career in documentary film and television, starting with a 1980 episode of the BBC series 'Great Railway Journeys of the World', and including 'Michael Palin: Around the World in 80 Days', a 1989 film of his 1988 recreation of Phileas Fogg's route in the Jules Verne novel. In 'Pole to Pole' (1992) he recorded his journey from the North Pole to the South Pole (mostly) following the 30 degree East meridian through Europe and Africa.
Source: Author looney_tunes

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