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1. This British actor was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1906. During the 1930s he made a number of films playing Simon Templar - the Saint, and "The Falcon". He won an Oscar in 1951 for "All About Eve" and is also well known for playing Jack Favell in "Rebecca" (1940). He mainly played villains including a tiger in Disney's "Jungle Book" (1967).
2. This 'big as a horse' actor starred in a TV series for 13 years before his untimely death. The series was extremely successful but didn't last an entire season after his death.
3. This English-born character actor will probably be best remembered for playing the boss of an organisation reminiscent of your mother's brother. He played in more Hitchcock films ("Rebecca", "Suspicion", "Spellbound", "The Paradine Case", "Strangers On A Train" and "North By Northwest") than anybody else except Hitchcock himself.
4. This French actor/singer was an acrobat in his early life. He learned English in a German POW camp during World War 1. He starred in "Gigi" (1958). His most famous songs are "Thank Heaven for Little Girls" and "I Remember it Well". As a final clue, he sang the title song for Disney's "The AristoCats" (1970).
5. This American actor was already grey-haired when he moved to Hollywood aged twenty-four. He was spotted by Cecil B. DeMille and very quickly became a matinee idol. His popularity fell with the end of silent movies but in 1935 he was offered the lead in "Hop-a-long Cassidy" (1935), so named because of a limp caused by a bullet wound. The character was a very clean living cowboy who always played fair. He made over 60 "Hopalong" films by 1948.
6. This English actress was a stage actress until her mid-forties. She created the role of Madame Arcati in Noel Coward's play "Blithe Spirit" on the London stage and carried the role forward into David Lean's screen adaptation in 1945. Her most famous role however is that of Jane Marple, Agatha Christie's famous spinster detective.
7. This American baseball player was the first African American to play Major League Baseball when he started for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. He played himself in a film about his life to date which was released in 1950.
8. This British King was the eldest son of King George V. He was known as David to the family. He fell in love with an American divorcee which caused a huge problem when it came to his accession to the throne as her divorce was considered at the time to be entirely inappropriate for a future British Queen. He was given the choice of abdicating the throne or giving her up and he chose the former option.
9. This American grew up in Washington, D.C. He taught himself to talk quickly as an aid to overcome a stutter. After getting his law degree he joined the Justice Department and rose rapidly. In 1921 he became deputy head of the Bureau of Investigation and in 1924 he was appointed acting director and in 1935 became the first Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation when the organisation changed its name.
10. This Gospel singer was known as "The Queen of Gospel". She was a civil rights activist, too. Born in New Orleans in 1927, her mother died when she was 5 years old and she was brought up by her aunt Duke. In 1950 she became the first gospel singer to perform at Carnegie Hall, New York. She sang at President Kennedy's inaugural ball in 1961.
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