Answer Key – A Classic Quiz: Test Your Knowledge of Hollywood’s Golden Age Stars

Answer Key

Thanks to all for joining the fun! Now for the long-awaited answers!

Here are the questions again:

  1. Name the actor who won two Academy Awards for playing the same character in the same film in the same year.
  2. The actress who played the title role in the Broadway play Claudia also made her screen debut playing the same role in the 1943 film version of the play. Who was she?
  3. Archibald Leach changed his name when he began to appear in movies. What was his new name?
  4. Fred Astaire’s dancing partner in A Damsel in Distress went on to win the Best Actress Academy Award a few years later, who was she?
  5. She was romanced by John Wayne in Flying Tigers, then was locked up in an insane asylum by Boris Karloff in Bedlam. Who was she?
  6. Bob Hope sang the Oscar-winning song “Thanks for the Memory” in The Big Broadcast of 1938. Name the other Oscar-winning song that Hope sang on screen.
  7. In Miss Sadie Thompson [1953], Rita Hayworth played the same character that Joan Crawford played in Rain [1932]. But who played the same character before them in the 1928 Sadie Thompson?
  8. Mia Farrow played Allison Mackenzie in the TV series Peyton Place, but who earned an Oscar nomination for playing the same role in the 1955 movie Peyton Place?
  9. Name the actress who sang “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” in the musical Roberta.
  10. Which actor began his movie career as one of the leading stars of Citizen Kane, the 1941 film many critics believe to be the best-ever American film, but eventually ended up starring in a 1971 Italian film called Lady Frankenstein.

And now…

ANSWERS: 1. Harold Russell, who won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor of 1946 in The Best Years of Our Lives, but also received an honorary Oscar from the Academy for the same performance. 2. Dorothy McGuire. 3. Cary Grant. 4. Joan Fontaine, who won her Oscar for Suspicion [1941]. 5. Anna Lee. 6. “Buttons and Bows” from The Paleface [1948] 7. Gloria Swanson. 8. Diane Varsi. 9. Irene Dunne. 10. Joseph Cotten.

A Big Thank You again to authors James Bawden and Ron Miller of Conversations with Classic Film Stars for putting together this fun little quiz for us!


And if you have the time, you may want to check out their book on amazon 🙂

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