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This Quiz tests your knowledge of 1950's Celebrities terms, bands and trivia.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Who was the youngest person ever to headline the Copacabana in New York?

    • A.

      Bobby Rydell

    • B.

      Sandra Dee

    • C.

      Sammy Davis Jr.

    • D.

      Doris Day

    Correct Answer
    A. Bobby Rydell
    Explanation
    Bobby Rydell was the youngest person ever to headline the Copacabana in New York.

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  • 2. 

    What instrument did Bobby Rydell play in a band with Frankie Avalon?

    • A.

      Trumpet

    • B.

      Drums

    • C.

      Saxophone

    • D.

      Bass

    Correct Answer
    B. Drums
    Explanation
    Bobby Rydell played the drums in a band with Frankie Avalon.

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  • 3. 

    Where was Paul Anka born?

    • A.

      Ottawa, Canada

    • B.

      Buffalo, NY

    • C.

      New York City

    • D.

      Tampa, Fl

    Correct Answer
    A. Ottawa, Canada
    Explanation
    Paul Anka was born in Ottawa, Canada.

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  • 4. 

    How old was Paul Anka when he recorded his first single?

    • A.

      14 Years Old

    • B.

      7 Years Old

    • C.

      34 Years Old

    • D.

      24 Years Old

    Correct Answer
    A. 14 Years Old
    Explanation
    Paul Anka recorded his first single at the age of 14. This suggests that he started his musical career at a very young age and showed early talent and ambition in the industry. Recording a single at such a young age is a remarkable achievement and highlights Anka's precociousness and dedication to his craft.

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  • 5. 

    What former teen idol performed on "American Idol" season three?

    • A.

      Paul Anka

    • B.

      Bobby Rydell

    • C.

      Bobby Vee

    • D.

      Bobby Vinton

    Correct Answer
    A. Paul Anka
    Explanation
    Paul Anka is the correct answer because he is a former teen idol who performed on "American Idol" season three. Anka gained popularity in the late 1950s and early 1960s with hits like "Diana" and "Lonely Boy." He was known for his smooth vocals and charming persona, making him a beloved teen idol of his time. Anka's appearance on "American Idol" season three likely brought nostalgia and excitement to fans who grew up listening to his music.

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  • 6. 

    Who was born Robert Thomas Velline?

    • A.

      Bobby Vinton

    • B.

      Bobby Vee

    • C.

      Buddy Holly

    • D.

      Robert Young

    Correct Answer
    B. Bobby Vee
    Explanation
    Robert Thomas Velline is the birth name of Bobby Vee. This information is not commonly known, as Bobby Vee is the stage name he is widely known by. Therefore, the correct answer to the question is Bobby Vee.

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  • 7. 

    What is Doris Day's birth name?

    • A.

      Dorothy Daniels

    • B.

      Daisy Duke

    • C.

      Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff

    • D.

      Mary Ann Day

    Correct Answer
    C. Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff
    Explanation
    Doris Day's birth name is Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff.

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  • 8. 

    Who did Doris Day marry in 1951?

    • A.

      Rock Hudson

    • B.

      Martin Melcher

    • C.

      Al Jorden

    • D.

      Oscar Levant

    Correct Answer
    B. Martin Melcher
    Explanation
    Doris Day married Martin Melcher in 1951. Martin Melcher was a successful American film producer and musician. He played a significant role in shaping Doris Day's career and managing her professional affairs. They had a successful partnership both personally and professionally, with Melcher producing many of Day's films and helping her become one of the biggest stars of the 1950s and 1960s.

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  • 9. 

    What year was the autobiography "Doris Day: Her Own Story" released?

    • A.

      1999

    • B.

      1975

    • C.

      1959

    • D.

      2009

    Correct Answer
    B. 1975
    Explanation
    The correct answer is 1975. This suggests that the autobiography "Doris Day: Her Own Story" was released in 1975.

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  • 10. 

    What years did Doris Day's TV show run?

    • A.

      1968-78

    • B.

      1958-73

    • C.

      1977-78

    • D.

      1964-69

    Correct Answer
    A. 1968-78
    Explanation
    Doris Day's TV show ran from 1968-78.

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  • 11. 

    What is Elizabeth Taylor's middle name?

    • A.

      Princess

    • B.

      Rosebud

    • C.

      Rosemond

    • D.

      Ruth

    Correct Answer
    C. Rosemond
    Explanation
    Elizabeth Taylor's middle name is Rosemond.

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  • 12. 

    Who was Liz Taylor's first husband?

    • A.

      Mike Todd

    • B.

      Richard Burton

    • C.

      Conrad Hilton Jr.

    • D.

      Eddie Fisher

    Correct Answer
    C. Conrad Hilton Jr.
    Explanation
    Liz Taylor's first husband was Conrad Hilton Jr. Conrad Hilton Jr. was the son of hotel magnate Conrad Hilton and the couple got married in 1950. However, their marriage ended in divorce after just nine months. Liz Taylor went on to marry several more times, including her famous marriages to Richard Burton.

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  • 13. 

    Who was Elizabeth Taylor married to the longest?

    • A.

      Eddie Fisher

    • B.

      John Warner

    • C.

      Larry Fortensky

    • D.

      Richard Burton

    Correct Answer
    D. Richard Burton
    Explanation
    Elizabeth Taylor was married to Richard Burton for the longest time. They were married twice, from 1964 to 1974, and then again from 1975 to 1976. Their relationship was highly publicized and often tumultuous, with their passionate love and frequent fights making headlines. Despite their ups and downs, their love for each other was undeniable, and their marriage lasted the longest out of all of Elizabeth Taylor's marriages.

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  • 14. 

    How old was Liz Taylor when she appeared in her first movie?

    • A.

      Twelve

    • B.

      Nine

    • C.

      Three

    • D.

      Twenty-One

    Correct Answer
    B. Nine
    Explanation
    Liz Taylor appeared in her first movie at the age of nine.

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  • 15. 

    Where did Liz Taylor marry construction worker Larry Fortensky?

    • A.

      Pittsburgh

    • B.

      Vegas Chapel

    • C.

      Neverland Ranch

    • D.

      Paris

    Correct Answer
    C. Neverland Ranch
    Explanation
    Liz Taylor married construction worker Larry Fortensky at Neverland Ranch. Neverland Ranch was the private residence of pop singer Michael Jackson, and it was a popular venue for various events and ceremonies. The couple chose this unique location for their wedding, adding to the glamour and exclusivity of the event.

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  • 16. 

    Whose autobiography is titled "Who's Sorry Now?"?

    • A.

      Connie Francis

    • B.

      Doris Day

    • C.

      Sandra Dee

    • D.

      Petula Clark

    Correct Answer
    A. Connie Francis
    Explanation
    Connie Francis is the correct answer because "Who's Sorry Now?" is the title of her autobiography.

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  • 17. 

    What actress was born in Bayonne, New Jersey in 1942?

    • A.

      Mary Tyler Moore

    • B.

      Sandra Dee

    • C.

      Doris Day

    • D.

      Connie Stevens

    Correct Answer
    B. Sandra Dee
    Explanation
    Sandra Dee is the correct answer because she was born in Bayonne, New Jersey in 1942. Mary Tyler Moore, Doris Day, and Connie Stevens were not born in Bayonne, New Jersey in 1942.

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  • 18. 

    What is former teen idol Tab Hunter's birth name?

    • A.

      Arthur Hunter

    • B.

      Allan Glaser

    • C.

      John Johnson

    • D.

      Arthur Kelm

    Correct Answer
    D. Arthur Kelm
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Arthur Kelm. Tab Hunter, the former teen idol, was born with the birth name Arthur Kelm. He later changed his name to Tab Hunter for his acting career.

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  • 19. 

    Who had a #1 hit record with a cover of the song "Young Love"?

    • A.

      Tab Hunter

    • B.

      Paul Anka

    • C.

      Bobby Rydell

    • D.

      Bobby Vee

    Correct Answer
    A. Tab Hunter
    Explanation
    Tab Hunter had a #1 hit record with a cover of the song "Young Love".

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  • 20. 

    What happened to Tab Hunter's older brother Walter?

    • A.

      Killed In Vietnam

    • B.

      Won Pulitzer Prize

    • C.

      Won Olympic Gold

    • D.

      Robbed Banks

    Correct Answer
    A. Killed In Vietnam
    Explanation
    Tab Hunter's older brother, Walter, was killed in Vietnam. This implies that Walter was involved in the Vietnam War and unfortunately lost his life during the conflict.

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  • 21. 

    How old was Natalie Wood when she died?

    • A.

      49 Years Old

    • B.

      33 Years Old

    • C.

      53 Years Old

    • D.

      43 Years Old

    Correct Answer
    D. 43 Years Old
    Explanation
    Natalie Wood was 43 years old when she died. This information is not explicitly stated in the question, but it is given as the correct answer.

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  • 22. 

    Who was the child actor in "Miracle on 34th Street"?

    • A.

      Shirley Temple

    • B.

      Natalie Wood

    • C.

      Sophia Loren

    • D.

      Elizabeth Taylor

    Correct Answer
    B. Natalie Wood
    Explanation
    Natalie Wood was the child actor in "Miracle on 34th Street". She played the role of Susan Walker, a skeptical little girl who meets a man claiming to be Santa Claus. Natalie Wood's performance in the film was highly praised, and she went on to have a successful acting career, earning three Academy Award nominations.

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  • 23. 

    What university did Howard Hughes drop out of?

    • A.

      Harvard

    • B.

      Ohio State

    • C.

      Rice University

    • D.

      UCLA

    Correct Answer
    C. Rice University
    Explanation
    Howard Hughes dropped out of Rice University.

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  • 24. 

    What U.S. President honored Gregory Peck with the Presidential Medal of Freedom?

    • A.

      John Kennedy

    • B.

      Richard Nixon

    • C.

      Ronald Reagan

    • D.

      Lyndon Johnson

    Correct Answer
    D. Lyndon Johnson
    Explanation
    Lyndon Johnson honored Gregory Peck with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. This award is the highest civilian honor in the United States, recognizing individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the country. Gregory Peck, a renowned actor and activist, received this honor from President Johnson for his achievements in the entertainment industry and his commitment to social justice causes.

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  • 25. 

    What was Sophia Loren's nickname as a child?

    • A.

      Peanut

    • B.

      Toothpick

    • C.

      Killer

    • D.

      Four Eyes

    Correct Answer
    B. Toothpick
    Explanation
    Sophia Loren's nickname as a child was "Toothpick" because she was very thin and had a slender figure.

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  • 26. 

    What did Sophia Loren serve time in an Italian prison for?

    • A.

      Traffic Tickets

    • B.

      Shoplifting

    • C.

      Tax Evasion

    • D.

      Drug Possession

    Correct Answer
    C. Tax Evasion
    Explanation
    Sophia Loren served time in an Italian prison for tax evasion. This means that she was found guilty of intentionally evading or avoiding paying her taxes in Italy. Tax evasion is a serious offense that involves deliberately not paying taxes owed to the government, and it is considered illegal in most countries.

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  • 27. 

    Who was President of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1966?

    • A.

      Tab Hunter

    • B.

      Brigitte Bardot

    • C.

      Sophia Loren

    • D.

      Carlo Ponti

    Correct Answer
    C. Sophia Loren
    Explanation
    Sophia Loren was the President of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1966.

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  • 28. 

    What is Sophia Loren's birth name?

    • A.

      Alana Villani

    • B.

      Sofia Villani Scicolone

    • C.

      Sophie Ciccone

    • D.

      Romilda Sofia Ciociara

    Correct Answer
    B. Sofia Villani Scicolone
    Explanation
    Sophia Loren's birth name is Sofia Villani Scicolone.

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  • 29. 

    Who at the age of 15 appeared in the French magazine Elle?

    • A.

      Sophia Loren

    • B.

      Brigitte Bardot

    • C.

      Marilyn Monroe

    • D.

      Doris Day

    Correct Answer
    B. Brigitte Bardot
    Explanation
    Brigitte Bardot appeared in the French magazine Elle at the age of 15.

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  • 30. 

    What jazz musician was Lana Turner married to for a short time?

    • A.

      Buddy Rich

    • B.

      Artie Shaw

    • C.

      Glenn Miller

    • D.

      Dave Brubeck

    Correct Answer
    B. Artie Shaw
    Explanation
    Lana Turner was married to Artie Shaw for a short time. Artie Shaw was a famous jazz musician known for his skill as a clarinetist and bandleader. He was one of the most popular and influential musicians of the swing era. Turner and Shaw got married in 1940, but their marriage only lasted for a year. Shaw had a reputation for being a difficult person to be in a relationship with, and this ultimately led to their divorce. Despite their short-lived marriage, both Turner and Shaw left a lasting impact on the entertainment industry in their respective fields.

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  • 31. 

    What was Clark Gable's nickname?

    • A.

      King of the Box Office

    • B.

      The King of Hollywood

    • C.

      Fred

    • D.

      The Star King

    Correct Answer
    B. The King of Hollywood
    Explanation
    Clark Gable was known as "The King of Hollywood" because he was one of the most successful and popular actors during the golden age of Hollywood. He starred in numerous successful films, including "Gone with the Wind," which solidified his status as a leading man and made him a household name. Gable's charm, talent, and iconic roles earned him the nickname "The King of Hollywood."

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  • 32. 

    Who was married to both Ava Gardner and Lana Turner?

    • A.

      Ronald Reagan

    • B.

      Glenn Miller

    • C.

      Artie Shaw

    • D.

      Frank Sinatra

    Correct Answer
    C. Artie Shaw
    Explanation
    Artie Shaw was married to both Ava Gardner and Lana Turner.

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