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Hollywood idols quiz

Movie stars quiz

Viewers of University Challenge groaned when contestants failed to identify a picture of screen legend James Stewart. So how well do you know your movie idols? The Magazine tests your knowledge.

Cinema audience

1.) Multiple Choice Question

Which of these three was Fred Astaire's famous dance partner?

  1. A
    An actress
  2. B
    An actress
  3. C
    An actress

2.) Multiple Choice Question

In 1939 the Best Actor Oscar was contested by Hollywood's biggest stars. Which picture shows the only British actor among the four losers?

Four movie stars
  1. Picture One
  2. Picture Two
  3. Picture Three
  4. Picture Four


The winner of the Best Actor Academy Award that year was Robert Donat for Goodbye, Mr Chips. The English actor played a schoolteacher who falls in love.

Robert Donat

3.) Multiple Choice Question

These two Irish Maureens became screen idols in Hollywood. Which is O'Hara?

Two Maureens
  1. Left
  2. Right

4.) Multiple Choice Question

Here are two British exponents of the stiff upper lip. Is the man in uniform Kenneth or Jack?

Two British movie stars
  1. Kenneth
  2. Jack

5.) Multiple Choice Question

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? starred two of cinema's biggest names in 1962. Which actress is lying down?

Whatever Happened To Baby Jane
  1. Joan Crawford
  2. Bette Davis
  3. Deborah Kerr
  4. Gloria Swanson


Crawford started her glittering film career in the silent movies of the 1920s, as a rival to Greta Garbo, Clara Bow and Norma Shearer. She was still making films 45 years later.

Joan Crawford

6.) Multiple Choice Question

In 1929 Crawford starred opposite another silent movie star, Douglas Fairbanks Jr, and they subsequently married. Can you spot him among these screen legends?

  1. A
    An actor
  2. B
    An actor
  3. C
    An actor

7.) Multiple Choice Question

She rose to fame in the silent film era and was one of film's first big female sex symbols, but who is Clara Bow?

Two actresses
  1. Left
  2. Right

8.) Multiple Choice Question

Two Grangers, one American and one British. Can you spot which one is Stewart?

Two Grangers
  1. Left
  2. Right

9.) Multiple Choice Question

They all played cowboys but which is the iconic star of High Noon, Gary Cooper?

  1. A
    An actor
  2. B
    An actor
  3. C
    An actor

10.) Multiple Choice Question

Like Dorothy arriving in Kansas, the quiz enters a world of colour for the last question, on one of the most influential films in history, Lawrence of Arabia. Who is the star?

Lawrence of Arabia
  1. Alec Guinness
  2. Omar Sharif
  3. Peter O'Toole
  4. Anthony Quayle


  1. It's A. Ginger Rogers and Astaire starred in 10 Hollywood musicals together and reinvented the genre in the process. B is Vivien Leigh and C is Lucille Ball.
  2. It's Picture Three - the great Laurence Olivier, nominated for Wuthering Heights. One is Mickey Rooney (Babes in Arms), Two is James Stewart (Mr Smith Goes to Washington) and Four is Clark Gable (Gone With the Wind). Click NEXT to see the Oscar winner.
  3. Maureen O'Hara is on the left. She is probably best remembered for The Quiet Man, opposite John Wayne, and Miracle on 34th Street. O'Sullivan was arguably Ireland's first movie star and she played Jane in six Tarzan films with Jonny Weismuller.
  4. It's Jack Hawkins, pictured here in The Cruel Sea, in 1953. The actor on the left is the ever-unflappable Kenneth More.
  5. It's Joan Crawford, who played the paralysed Blanche Hudson. Bette Davis played her sister Baby Jane, one of the most enduring villains of cinema. Click NEXT to see a younger Joan Crawford.
  6. Douglas Fairbanks Jr is A. The son of another actor, Douglas Fairbanks Sr, he served with distinction in the US Navy in World War II and received an honorary knighthood. B is Rudolph Valentino and C is Buster Keaton.
  7. Clara Bow is in the picture on the left. The other actress is Mary Pickford, another big movie star of the time.
  8. Stewart Granger is on the right. He's the British actor famous for his heroic and romantic leads. Farley Granger, left, is well known for his roles in Hitchcock films Rope and Strangers on a Train.
  9. Gary Cooper is B. A is Alan Ladd, who starred in Shane and C is Randolph Scott, who made his last Western, Ride the High Country, aged 64.
  10. Lawrence was played by O'Toole in David Lean's 1962 classic, which won seven Oscars. The other three actors, including Sharif pictured on the right, were all in supporting roles.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Born Yesterday

4 - 7 : Rocky

8 - 10 : It's A Wonderful Life

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