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1. "Lord of the Rings" author J.R.R. Tolkien and Edith Bratt were happily married from 1916 until her death in 1971. On her tombstone, underneath her name, Tolkien had the name 'Lúthien' (meaning 'The Morning Star of the Elves') engraved. What name was engraved under Tolkien's name on the same headstone upon his death? (Hint: He was the human who loved Lúthien.)
2. Actor Paul Newman once got into trouble from his actress wife, Joanne Woodward, for comparing her to food. Identify the missing words from his infamous quote about infidelity, "Why go out for a __________ when you have __________ at home?" (Hint: He was sorta calling her a cow!)
3. Shah Jahan built a world famous mausoleum for his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died soon after giving birth to their 14th child. Which of these statements about that monument, the Taj Mahal, is FALSE? (Hint: A mausoleum is a resting place for the dead.)
4. Julia McWilliams and Paul Cushing Child met during WWII when they were both stationed in Ceylon as part of the U.S. Intelligence Agency. What striking physical characteristic would Paul have noticed immediately about his future wife who was to become one of the world's most famous chefs? (Hint: This is unusual for a woman.)
5. In 1895 Marie Sklodowska married Pierre Curie in France and the two Nobel Prize-winning physicists worked together for the next 11 years until Pierre's untimely death in 1906. It's well known that Marie Curie died (in 1934) from an illness brought on by prolonged exposure to radiation but what was the cause of Pierre's death? (Hint: Think hectic city life.)
6. Jackie Robinson broke the six-decade baseball color line (which relegated African American players to the Negro Leagues) in 1947 by playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers. How and when did Jackie and his wife, Rachel, meet? (Hint: He was still an amateur.)
7. Why were Victorian era poets Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning forced to marry in secret? (Hint: Someone was a bit controlling.)
8. Andrew Jackson, the controversial 7th President of the United States, was devoted to his wife, the former Rachel Donelson, but what (at the time) scandalous behavior by the couple led to a fatal duel and contributed to Rachel's death? (Hint: 'Jumping the Gun' might be an apt phrase.)
9. American superstar of the old West, Annie Oakley, was only fifteen years old when she met her future husband, professional sharpshooter, Frank Butler. Frank had bet $100 that he could beat any local marksman in a shooting contest and Annie was put forward as the best shot around. Which one of them won the contest and what was the score? (Hint: Love conquers all.)
10. George Burns and Gracie Allen were a hugely popular married comedy duo who spanned vaudeville, radio and television in their professional careers together. In his later years George quipped, "And all of a sudden the audience realized I had a talent. They were right. I did have a talent and __________________________." Finish George's quote. [Hint: Giving credit where it's due.]
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