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Who Am I?
Academy Award for Best Actress
1927 to 1939 FUN Trivia

These are all well known Hollywood actors. I will give you some information and you pick the correct celebrity.  "Check Your Answers" at the end of the page.

Take 2 points for each right answer.  Maximum this page: 20 points!

1) One of the most popular actresses of the silent film era, in 1928, I became the first winner of the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performances in three films: Seventh Heaven (1927), Sunrise (1927) and Street Angel (1928).  I was born on October 6, 1906 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  In 1926, at the age of 20, I was cast in the lead role in The Johnstown Flood (1926).  I was one of only a handful of leading ladies who made a successful transition to sound films.

In 1937, I was again nominated for an Academy Award, this time for my role in A Star Is Born. After appearing in The Young in Heart, I left film industry for nearly twenty years, returning one last time in 1957 as Pat Boone's mother in Bernardine. I had been married three times: Jesse Lydell Peck (1929-1933), Adrian (1939-1959), Paul Gregory (1964-1984). I had one son, Robin Adrian, in 1940. I died in September 14, 1984, at the age of 77, due largely to the aftermath of a traffic accident in San Francisco two years earlier; specifically, my death resulted from complications following several operations. I was interred in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood, California next to my second husband Adrian.
Who Am I?

  1. Louise Dresser

  2. Gloria Swanson

  3. Janet Gaynor

2) I was born Gladys Louise Smith on April 8, 1892 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I landed a supporting role in a 1907 Broadway play, The Warrens of Virginia. Like everyone at Biograph, I played both bit parts and leading roles, playing mothers, ingénues, spurned women, spitfires, slaves, native Americans, and a prostitute. In 1909, I appeared in 51 films - almost one a week. Though Coquette was a success and won me an Academy Award for Best Actress, the public failed to respond to these more sophisticated roles. Like most movie stars of the silent era, my career faded as talkies became more popular among audiences. I retired from acting in 1933, though I continued to produce films for others. I was married three times: Owen Moore (1911-1920), Douglas Fairbanks (1920-1936), and Charles Rogers (1937-1979). I died of cerebral hemorrhage on May 29, 1979, at the age of 87, and was buried in the Garden of Memory of the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.
Who Am I?

  1. Ruth Chatterton

  2. Betty Compson

  3. Mary Pickford

3). I was born on August 10, 1902 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. I was one of the most popular actresses in the world from the mid-1920s until my retirement in 1942. My first film was The Star Boarder (1919). I was married twice: Irving Thalberg (1927-1936) and Martin Arroug� (1942-1983). I was nominated for an Academy Award for Their Own Desire (1930), for A Free Soul (1931), The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934), Romeo and Juliet (1936), and Marie Antoinette (1938). My last film was Her Cardboard Lover (1942). I died from pneumonia and Alzheimer's disease at 80 years old on June 12, 1983. I was entombed in the Great Mausoleum at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California, in a crypt marked, along with her first husband Irving Thalberg.
Who Am I

  1. Norma Shearer

  2. Nancy Carroll

  3. Ruth Chatterton

4) I was born Leila Marie Koerber on November 9, 1868 in Cobourg, Ontario, Canada. During the early 1900s I became a major vaudeville star. In 1902, I met fellow Canadian Mack Sennett and helped him get a job in the theater. In 1919, during the Actors' Equity strike in New York City, the Chorus Equity Association was formed and voted me its first president. In 1927, I was secretly blacklisted by the theater production companies due to my strong stance in a labor dispute. For my starring portrayal in Min and Bill, co-starring Wallace Beery, I won the 1931 Academy Award for Best Actress. I was nominated again for Best Actress for her 1932 starring role in Emma. I appeared in more than forty films but only achieved superstardom near the end of my life. Always seeing myself as physically unattractive, I wrote an autobiography, The Life Story of an Ugly Duckling. I died on July 28, 1934 (aged 65) in Santa Barbara, California and is interred in a crypt in the Great Mausoleum in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.
Who Am I?

  1. Marie Dressler

  2. Marlene Dietrich

  3. Irene Dunne

5) I was born on October 10, 1900 in Washington, D.C. I began a stage career at an early age. By the age of ten, I had made a short film called Jean and the Calico Doll, but only moved to Hollywood when my husband, playwright Charles MacArthur, signed a Hollywood deal. My sound film debut was The Sin of Madelon Claudet, for which I won the Academy Award for Best Actress. I followed that with starring roles in Arrowsmith (with Myrna Loy), A Farewell to Arms (with actor Gary Cooper whom I admitted to finding extremely attractive), The White Sister, What Every Woman Knows (a reprise from my Broadway hit), and Vanessa: Her Love Story. However, I never became a fan favorite and did not prefer the medium to the stage. I adopted son, James MacArthur, also went on to a career in acting, starring in Hawaii Five-O on television. I guest starred on a 1975 episode of Hawaii Five-0, playing the aunt of Danno.  I died on St. Patrick's Day, March 17, 1993 from congestive heart failure in Nyack, New York. I was interred in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Nyack, New York.
Who Am I?

  1. Helen Hayes

  2. Gloria Swanson

  3. Marlene Dietrich

6) I was born on May 12, 1907 in Hartford, Connecticut. Acclaimed throughout my 73-year career, I hold the record for the most Best Actress Oscar wins with four, from 12 nominations. I won an Emmy Award in 1976 for my lead role in Love Among the Ruins, and was nominated for four other Emmys, two Tony Awards and seven Golden Globes. In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked me as the greatest female star in the history of American cinema. On April 3, 1921, while visiting friends in Greenwich Village, I found my older brother Tom (born November 8, 1905), whom I idolized, hanging from the rafters of the attic by a rope, dead of an apparent suicide. I was devastated and sank into a depression. I shied away from other children and was mostly home-schooled. For many years I used Tom's birthday (November 8) as her own. It was not until I wrote my autobiography, Me: Stories of my Life, that I revealed her true birth date, May 12, 1907. I received a degree from Bryn Mawr College in history and philosophy in 1928, the same year I had my debut on Broadway after landing a bit part in Night Hostess. I married Ludlow Ogden Smith: (1928�1934). 1933: My four Academy Awards for Best Actress were: Morning Glory (1933), Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967), The Lion in Winter (1968), and On Golden Pond (1981).

I made my first appearance opposite Spencer Tracy in Woman of the Year (1942), directed by George Stevens. Behind the scenes the we fell in love, beginning what would become one of Hollywood's most famous romances, despite Tracy's marriage to another woman. One of my best performances was my role as Rose Sayer in The African Queen (1951), for which I received my fifth Best Actress nomination, losing to Vivien Leigh in A Streetcar Named Desire. During making of The African Queen, I wound up so sick with dysentery that, even months after I returned home, I was still ill. On June 29, 2003, I died of natural causes at Fenwick, my family home in Old Saybrook, Connecticut. I was 96 years old, and was buried in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford, Connecticut.
Who Am I?

  1. May Robson

  2. Diana Wynyard

  3. Katharine Hepburn

7) I was born in Saint-Mande, France and raised in New York City.  I was born Emilie Chauchoin. I began my career in Broadway productions during the 1920s. My family emigrated to New York City in 1906.  I eventually became a naturalized citizen of the U.S.  My only silent film and a box office failure was For the Love of Mike. In 1928, I signed a film contract with Paramount Pictures.  My first sound film was The Hole in the Wall (1929). I won the Academy Award for Best Actress for It Happened One Night (1935). In 1939 I made my first color film with Henry Fonda in Drums Along the Mohawk. In 1928, I married Norman Foster, an actor and director, who appeared with me in the Broadway show The Barker. However, we lived apart, never sharing a home together in Hollywood, supposedly because my mother disliked Foster and wouldn't allow him into our home. We divorced in 1935, and in December of that year, I married Dr. Joel Pressman, a surgeon at UCLA. I made my last film Parrish (1961). After suffering a series of strokes in 1993, I remained in her Barbados home, Belle-rive, where I died on July 30, 1996, at age 92. I was buried in the Parish of St. Peter Cemetery in Barbados.
Who Am I?

  1. Claudette Colbert

  2. Grace Moore

  3. Norma Shearer

8) I was born in Lowell, Massachusetts on April 5, 1908. I made her Broadway debut in 1929 in Broken Dishes, and followed it with Solid South. I traveled by train to Hollywood, arriving on December 13, 1930. I made my film debut in The Bad Sister (1931). I won my first Oscar for Dangerous (1935). My second award came with Jezebel (1938). I was married four times: Harmon Nelson (1932-1938), Arthur Farnsworth (1940-1943), William Grant Sherry (1945-1950), and Gary Merrill (1950-1960). Jezebel marked the beginning of the most successful phase of my career, and over the next few years I was listed in the annual "Quigley Poll of the Top Ten Money Making Stars", which was compiled from the votes of movie exhibitors throughout the U.S. for the stars that had generated the most revenue in their theaters over the previous year.

In 1983, after filming the pilot episode for the television series Hotel, I was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a mastectomy. Within two weeks of my surgery I suffered four strokes which caused paralysis in the right side of my face and in my left arm, and left me with slurred speech. I commenced a lengthy period of physical therapy and, aided by my personal assistant, Kathryn Sermak, gained partial recovery from the paralysis. I collapsed during the American Cinema Awards in 1989 and later discovered that my cancer had returned. I recovered sufficiently to travel to Spain where I was honored at the Donostia-San Sebastian International Film Festival, but during my visit my health rapidly deteriorated. Too weak to make the long journey back to the U.S., I traveled to France where I died on October 6, 1989, at 11:20 pm, at the American Hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine.  I was 81 years old.  I was interred in Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills Cemetery in Los Angeles, California, alongside my mother, Ruthie, and sister, Bobby.
Who Am I?

  1. Miriam Hopkins

  2. Bette Davis

  3. Merle Oberon

9) I was born on January 12, 1910 in Dusseldorf, Germany. I made my first appearance on the stage at the Dumont Theatre in Dusseldorf in 1928. Discovered in 1935 by an MGM talent scout, who felt that I might appeal to the same audience as Greta Garbo, then one of their most successful performers. I moved to Hollywood that year and studied English under Constance Collier, and made my first American film appearance opposite William Powell in Escapade (1935). My next two films won me consecutive Academy Awards for Best Actress, first for my portrayal of actress Anna Held in The Great Ziegfeld (1936), for which I also won a New York Film Critic's Award, and next as a Chinese peasant in The Good Earth (1937). I later described winning the two Oscars as the "worst possible thing" to befall my career.

I was married twice: Clifford Odets (1937-1940) and Robert Knittel (1945-1989). I made one more film appearance in Hostages in 1943 and abandoned Hollywood in 1944 after I married publisher Robert Knittel. I had become an American citizen in the 1940s, but we had lived in the UK for most of our marriage. He died in 1989. We had one daughter, Francesca Knittel, now known as Francesca Knittel-Bowyer. I live in Belgravia Square, London, reportedly in an apartment once owned by Vivien Leigh. I made sporadic television and stage appearances following our move to Britain, appearing in a single episode of the World War II television series Combat! in 1965. I took a dual role in a 1983 episode of The Love Boat. I appeared in The Gambler (1997) in a small role, marking my film comeback at the age of 87. I made two appearances at the Academy Awards ceremonies (in 1998 and 2003) in special retrospective tributes to past Oscar winners.
Who Am I?

  1. Luise Rainer

  2. Irene Dunne

  3. Barbara Stanwyck

10) I was born on 5 November 5, 1913 in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India. My father was a British Officer in the Indian Cavalry. Cast in the play The Mask of Virtue in 1935, I received excellent reviews followed by interviews and newspaper articles, among them one from the Daily Express in which the interviewer noted "a lightning change came over her face", which was the first public mention of the rapid changes in mood that became characteristic of me. Laurence Olivier saw me in The Mask of Virtue, and a friendship developed after he congratulated me on my performance. While playing lovers in the film Fire Over England (1937), Olivier and I developed a strong attraction, and after filming was completed, we began an affair. We began living together, as our respective spouses had each refused to grant either of us a divorce. I appeared with Robert Taylor, Lionel Barrymore and Maureen O'Sullivan in A Yank at Oxford (1938), the first of my films to receive attention in the United States. I won the role of Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind (1939). Among the ten Academy Awards won by Gone with the Wind was a Best Actress award for me, who also won a New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress.

On August 30, 1940, Olivier and I were married in Santa Barbara, California, in a ceremony attended only by our witnesses, Katharine Hepburn and Garson Kanin. In 1944 I was diagnosed as having tuberculosis in my left lung, but after spending several weeks in hospital, I appeared to be cured. I was Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire (1951). I won my second Best Actress Oscar for Blanche. In 1960, Oliver and I divorced. In May 1967, I was rehearsing to appear with Michael Redgrave in Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance when I became ill with a recurrent bout of the tuberculosis from which I had been suffering for more than twenty years but, after resting for several weeks, had seemed to be recovering. On the night of July 7, Jack Merivale left her as usual, to perform in a play, and returned home around midnight to find me asleep. About thirty minutes later (by now July 8), he returned to the bedroom and discovered my body on the floor. I had been attempting to walk to the bathroom, and as my lungs filled with liquid, I had collapsed. I was cremated at the Golders Green Crematorium, and my ashes were scattered on the lake at my home, Tickerage Mill, near Blackboys, East Sussex, England.
Who Am I?

  1. Fay Bainter

  2. Margaret Sullavan

  3. Vivien Leigh

Academy Award for Best Actress
1927 to 1939 FUN Trivia
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1) C.  2) C.  3) A.  4) A.  5) A.  6) C.  7) A.  8) B.  9) A.  10) C.

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