QUIZ: How Much Do You Know About Classic Hollywood Actresses?

The Golden Age of Hollywood would not have been as shining and glamorous if not for the work of these gorgeous women! How much do you know about classic Hollywood actresses? Test your knowledge here.

Born Harlean Carpenter, she signed in at her first audition under the name Jean Harlow, which was the name of her:

Retry Correct Incorrect Jean Harlow was actually the actress’ mother’s maiden name, which became her stage name for films like Hell’s Angels and Red Dust.
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Born Harlean Carpenter, she signed in at her first audition under the name Jean Harlow, which was the name of her:

  • Neighbor
  • Sister
  • Best friend
  • Mother
0%

Who won the 1930 Academy Award for Best Actress for their role in The Divorcee?

Retry Correct Incorrect Shearer was the first person to be nominated five times for an Academy Award for Best Actress throughout the 1930s.
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Who won the 1930 Academy Award for Best Actress for their role in The Divorcee?

  • Mary Doran
  • Florence Eldridge
  • Helene Millard
  • Norma Shearer
3%

She was often paired with Fred Astaire, with whom she performed 33 partnered dances in films made at RKO, with the exception of The Barkleys of Broadway, which was made at MGM.

Retry Correct Incorrect Rogers won the 1941 Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in Kitty Foyle.
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She was often paired with Fred Astaire, with whom she performed 33 partnered dances in films made at RKO, with the exception of The Barkleys of Broadway, which was made at MGM.

  • Cyd Charisse
  • Audrey Hepburn
  • Ginger Rogers
  • Rita Hayworth
5%

Due to her cherubic face and her small height, MGM often paired Judy Garland with this actor:

Retry Correct Incorrect Later in her life, Garland claimed that MGM prescribed her, Rooney, and other child actors at the time amphetamines to keep them working long, exhaustive hours.
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Due to her cherubic face and her small height, MGM often paired Judy Garland with this actor:

  • Bob Hope
  • Eddie Fisher
  • Mickey Rooney
  • Perry Como
8%

This actress’ real name is Margarita Carmen Cansino:

Retry Correct Incorrect After being told her name and image were “too exotic,” she not only changed her name but also dyed her hair, bleached her skin, and underwent electrolysis to raise her hairline.
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This actress’ real name is Margarita Carmen Cansino:

  • Lana Turner
  • Rita Hayworth
  • Ava Gardner
  • Hedy Lamarr
10%

Bette Davis was hardly seen without one of these:

Retry Correct Incorrect Cigarettes played a huge role in Davis’ public persona—she even reportedly smoked multiple packs per day even after suffering four strokes and breast cancer.
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Bette Davis was hardly seen without one of these:

  • A man at her side
  • Sunglasses
  • A cigarette
  • Expensive jewels
13%

In one incident from their longtime feud, she stole Davis’ spotlight at the 1963 Academy Awards:

Retry Correct Incorrect When Bette Davis was nominated for Best Actress at the 1963 Oscars for Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?, in which they both starred, a jealous Crawford called up other nominees who were not attending and offered to accept their Oscar on their behalf.
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In one incident from their longtime feud, she stole Davis’ spotlight at the 1963 Academy Awards:

  • Geraldine Page
  • Joan Crawford
  • Katharine Hepburn
  • Anne Bancroft
15%

This actress’ trademark was what producers dubbed “The Look,” which was actually just a result of her putting her head down and tilting her eyes up to minimize her nervousness.

Retry Correct Incorrect Lauren Bacall made her film debut in To Have and Have Not alongside Humphrey Bogart.
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This actress’ trademark was what producers dubbed “The Look,” which was actually just a result of her putting her head down and tilting her eyes up to minimize her nervousness.

  • Ingrid Bergman
  • Audrey Hepburn
  • Lana Turner
  • Lauren Bacall
18%

Before she became an actress, she was a singer whose first hit was 1945’s “Sentimental Journey.”

Retry Correct Incorrect Doris Day starred in Calamity Jane and The Man Who Knew Too Much before starring in her own sitcom throughout the early ’70s.
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Before she became an actress, she was a singer whose first hit was 1945’s “Sentimental Journey.”

  • Judy Garland
  • June Allyson
  • Doris Day
  • Shirley Temple
20%

Before becoming a controversial actress, she wrote provocative plays under the pen name Jane Mast.

Retry Correct Incorrect Mae West became a sex-symbol actress who often spoke in double entendres (sometimes unintentionally) and whose film career didn’t even start until she was close to 40, which was rare at the time.
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Before becoming a controversial actress, she wrote provocative plays under the pen name Jane Mast.

  • Marilyn Monroe
  • Mae West
  • Constance Talmadge
  • Jayne Mansfield
23%

She was discovered in Mexico by filmmaker Edwin Carewe.

Retry Correct Incorrect Dolores del Río is known for films such as Ramona (1928), Bird of Paradise (1932), and Flying Down to Rio (1933).
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She was discovered in Mexico by filmmaker Edwin Carewe.

  • Dolores del Río
  • Myrna Loy
  • Mercedes McCambridge
  • Ida Lupino
25%

Although she was known to be somewhat of a tomboy, by 1937 she was the highest-paid actress in Hollywood, making more than five times the salary of then-president Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Retry Correct Incorrect Carole Lombard’s performance in 1930’s The Arizona Kid landed her a contract with Paramount Pictures, with whom she made Twentieth Century and My Man Godfrey.
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Although she was known to be somewhat of a tomboy, by 1937 she was the highest-paid actress in Hollywood, making more than five times the salary of then-president Franklin D. Roosevelt.

  • Bette Davis
  • Carole Lombard
  • Marlene Dietrich
  • Rita Hayworth
28%

She is regarded as “The First Lady of the American Theatre.”

Retry Correct Incorrect After success on the stage, Ethel Barrymore transitioned into film and became known for her roles in None but the Lonely Heart.
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She is regarded as “The First Lady of the American Theatre.”

  • Jean Peters
  • Mary Pickford
  • Eleanor Powell
  • Ethel Barrymore
30%

Ingrid Bergman has won an Academy Award for which film?

Retry Correct Incorrect Although she’s won Oscars for these movies, her most notable role is that of Ilsa Lund in Casablanca.
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Ingrid Bergman has won an Academy Award for which film?

  • Murder on the Orient Express (1974)
  • All of the these
  • Anastasia (1956)
  • Gaslight (1944)
33%

She became the first black actress to be nominated for Best Actress at the Oscars.

Retry Correct Incorrect Dorothy Dandridge was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in 1954’s Carmen Jones but lost to Grace Kelly.
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She became the first black actress to be nominated for Best Actress at the Oscars.

  • Hattie McDaniel
  • Dorothy Dandridge
  • Lena Horne
  • Josephine Baker
35%

Louis B. Mayer, who co-founded MGM, once remarked, “She can’t sing, she can’t act, she can’t talk, she’s terrific!” before offering her a standard contract.

Retry Correct Incorrect Despite her looks, Ava Gardner’s southern accent made her hard to understand, which MGM fixed right away.
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Louis B. Mayer, who co-founded MGM, once remarked, “She can’t sing, she can’t act, she can’t talk, she’s terrific!” before offering her a standard contract.

  • Audrey Hepburn
  • Ava Gardner
  • Elizabeth Taylor
  • Marilyn Monroe
38%

She came to the United States unable to speak a word of English, which was okay since she started out as a silent film star.

Retry Correct Incorrect Greta Garbo made debuted in her first speaking role in 1930’s Anna Christie, for which she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.
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She came to the United States unable to speak a word of English, which was okay since she started out as a silent film star.

  • Dolores del Río
  • Greta Garbo
  • Ingrid Bergman
  • Marlene Dietrich
40%

This Los Angeles native dropped out of high school to pursue acting and at 17 had her first leading role in The Toll of the Sea.

Retry Correct Incorrect Despite her talent, Anna May Wong was constantly typecast and couldn’t even land lead roles that were for Asian characters, so she decided to leave Hollywood by the late 1920s.
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This Los Angeles native dropped out of high school to pursue acting and at 17 had her first leading role in The Toll of the Sea.

  • Priscilla Moran
  • Beatrice Bentley
  • Ming Young
  • Anna May Wong
43%

When filming began for A Streetcar Named Desire, director Elia Kazan thought she had little talent despite the fact that she played the role in London’s West End 326 times.

Retry Correct Incorrect Vivien Leigh ended up winning an Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Blanche DuBois in the film.
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When filming began for A Streetcar Named Desire, director Elia Kazan thought she had little talent despite the fact that she played the role in London’s West End 326 times.

  • Vivien Leigh
  • Peg Hillias
  • Kim Hunter
  • Janet Leigh
45%

She was the title character in 1944’s Laura and was said to have a short-lived affair with John F. Kennedy.

Retry Correct Incorrect Gene Tierney reportedly met JFK in 1946 on the set of Dragonwyck, but their romance ended when Kennedy told her that his political ambitions prevented him from getting into a serious relationship.
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She was the title character in 1944’s Laura and was said to have a short-lived affair with John F. Kennedy.

  • Marilyn Monroe
  • Gene Tierney
  • Marlene Dietrich
  • Greta Garbo
48%

Known for her voluptuous figure, Howard Hughes once said of this actress, “There are two good reasons why men go to see her. Those are enough.”

Retry Correct Incorrect Hughes, of course, was referring to her chest. Jane Russell made her film debut in his film, The Outlaw.
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Known for her voluptuous figure, Howard Hughes once said of this actress, “There are two good reasons why men go to see her. Those are enough.”

  • Jane Russell
  • Jayne Mansfield
  • Rita Hayworth
  • Marilyn Monroe
50%

This silent film star’s most popular movie was 1922’s Smilin’ Through.

Retry Correct Incorrect When the silent film era ended, Norma Talmadge starred in two “talkies” which were unsuccessful, which caused the actress to retire.
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This silent film star’s most popular movie was 1922’s Smilin’ Through.

  • Mary Pickford
  • Norma Talmadge
  • Louise Brooks
  • Lillian Gish
53%

She started out as a child actress in the film National Velvet and grew up to be one of the most scandalous actresses in Hollywood.

Retry Correct Incorrect Most of Elizabeth Taylor’s scandals revolved around her extramarital affairs. As a result, she was married eight times—two of which were to actor Richard Burton.
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She started out as a child actress in the film National Velvet and grew up to be one of the most scandalous actresses in Hollywood.

  • Elizabeth Taylor
  • Marlene Dietrich
  • Judy Garland
  • Marilyn Monroe
55%

People who knew her in high school probably didn’t expect her to become a breakout actress, but after she won the 1948 Miss Burbank contest, she proved them all wrong.

Retry Correct Incorrect Debbie Reynolds breakout role came just four years later when she starred in Singin’ in the Rain.
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People who knew her in high school probably didn’t expect her to become a breakout actress, but after she won the 1948 Miss Burbank contest, she proved them all wrong.

  • Shirley Temple
  • Doris Day
  • Anne Baxter
  • Debbie Reynolds
58%

She is best known for her role as Baroness Elsa Schraeder in 1965’s The Sound of Music.

Retry Correct Incorrect Before The Sound of Music, Eleanor Parker already had success with films such as Caged, Detective Story, and Interrupted Melody—all films for which she was nominated for Best Actress at the Oscars.
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She is best known for her role as Baroness Elsa Schraeder in 1965’s The Sound of Music.

  • Ann Miller
  • Lucille Ball
  • Eleanor Parker
  • Julie Andrews
60%

Her real name is Norma Jean Mortenson.

Retry Correct Incorrect When she broke into acting, 20th Century-Fox executive Ben Lyon chose the name Marilyn after Broadway star Marilyn Miller. Monroe got her new last name from her mother’s maiden name.
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Her real name is Norma Jean Mortenson.

  • Eve Arden
  • Ruby Keebler
  • Marilyn Monroe
  • Jayne Mansfield
63%

After meeting Orson Welles when he began working for RKO Pictures, this actress made her film debut as the mother of Charles Foster Kane in Citizen Kane

Retry Correct Incorrect After a successful film career between the Mercury Theatre and MGM, Agnes Moorehead went on to play Endora on Bewitched, which is what she’s best known for.
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After meeting Orson Welles when he began working for RKO Pictures, this actress made her film debut as the mother of Charles Foster Kane in Citizen Kane

  • Agnes Moorehead
  • Rita Hayworth
  • Ruth Warrick
  • Dorothy Comingore
65%

Although she received two Oscar nominations and a Golden Globe for her role in The Picture of Dorian Gray, this actress was considered a B-list actress when she worked with MGM.

Retry Correct Incorrect In the ’80s, Angela Lansbury would become popular for her role as Jessica Fletcher on Murder, She Wrote.
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Although she received two Oscar nominations and a Golden Globe for her role in The Picture of Dorian Gray, this actress was considered a B-list actress when she worked with MGM.

  • Mary Forbes
  • Shirley MacLaine
  • Angela Lansbury
  • Donna Reed
68%

Before she was the Princess of Monaco, this actress starred in which Alfred Hitchcock film?

Retry Correct Incorrect Grace Kelly was a prominent actress before she married Prince Rainier III in 1956.
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Before she was the Princess of Monaco, this actress starred in which Alfred Hitchcock film?

  • Rear Window
  • Dial M for Murder
  • To Catch a Thief
  • All of these
70%

In an effort to rival MGM’s then-superstar Norma Shearer, RKO Pictures signed this actress who would later star in The Animal Kingdom.

Retry Correct Incorrect Ann Harding’s other notable films include Her Private Affair (1929) and Holiday (1930).
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In an effort to rival MGM’s then-superstar Norma Shearer, RKO Pictures signed this actress who would later star in The Animal Kingdom.

  • Ann Harding
  • Leslie Howard
  • Myrna Loy
  • Ilka Chase
73%

This actress made her American film debut in Morocco, after being signed by Paramount to rival MGM’s Greta Garbo, who became her rumored rival.

Retry Correct Incorrect Although many believed Dietrich and Garbo hated each other, they vehemently denied the rumors. Dietrich even named Garbo as one of the biggest movie legends of all time.
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This actress made her American film debut in Morocco, after being signed by Paramount to rival MGM’s Greta Garbo, who became her rumored rival.

  • Joan Crawford
  • Eve Southern
  • Marlene Dietrich
  • Rita Hayworth
75%

This actress auditioned for Scarlett O’Hara while she was signed to MGM in the ’40s, but at that time she was known in many Hollywood circles as “Queen of the B’s” as she was considered a B-list actress.

Retry Correct Incorrect Lucille Ball had the last laugh when she gained international stardom with her classic television sitcom, I Love Lucy.
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This actress auditioned for Scarlett O’Hara while she was signed to MGM in the ’40s, but at that time she was known in many Hollywood circles as “Queen of the B’s” as she was considered a B-list actress.

  • Lucille Ball
  • Vivian Vance
  • Doris Day
  • Judy Garland
78%

This actress has four Academy Awards for Best Actress, which is a record for any performer that has yet to be broken.

Retry Correct Incorrect Katharine Hepburn’s Best Actress Oscars were earned for her roles in Morning Glory, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, The Lion in Winter, and On Golden Pond.
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This actress has four Academy Awards for Best Actress, which is a record for any performer that has yet to be broken.

  • Katharine Hepburn
  • Olivia de Havilland
  • Bette Davis
  • Ingrid Bergman
80%

Although she was under contract with MGM, she was lent to RKO Pictures to star in It’s a Wonderful Life.

Retry Correct Incorrect Donna Reed later found success through the late ’50s and the ’60s with The Donna Reed Show.
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Although she was under contract with MGM, she was lent to RKO Pictures to star in It’s a Wonderful Life.

  • Lillian Randolph
  • Gloria Grahame
  • Virginia Patton
  • Donna Reed
83%

As one of the most popular actresses of the silent film era, she was known as the “Queen of the Movies” after gaining popularity in films like Pollyanna and Coquette.

Retry Correct Incorrect Mary Pickford is one of the original 36 founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and is a co-founder of Pickford-Fairbanks Studio and United Artists.
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As one of the most popular actresses of the silent film era, she was known as the “Queen of the Movies” after gaining popularity in films like Pollyanna and Coquette.

  • Mary Pickford
  • Clara Bow
  • Louise Brooks
  • Lillian Gish
85%

This actress was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in 1956’s Giant and actually won in that category for her role in 1949’s All the King’s Men.

Retry Correct Incorrect Before making it in film, Mercedes McCambridge was a prominent radio actress, who later in life provided the voice for ‘The Demon’ in 1973’s The Exorcist.
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This actress was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in 1956’s Giant and actually won in that category for her role in 1949’s All the King’s Men.

  • Mercedes McCambridge
  • Elizabeth Taylor
  • Anne Seymour
  • Joanne Dru
88%

She referred to herself as “the poor man’s Bette Davis” since she often took the roles that Bette Davis refused. She was known for her roles in The Light That Failed and They Drive by Night.

Retry Correct Incorrect Ida Lupino was the first woman to direct a film noir, 1953’s The Hitch-Hiker, and was the only woman in 1950s Hollywood to ever do work behind the camera.
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She referred to herself as “the poor man’s Bette Davis” since she often took the roles that Bette Davis refused. She was known for her roles in The Light That Failed and They Drive by Night.

  • Maureen O’Hara
  • Lana Turner
  • Fay Wray
  • Ida Lupino
90%

She made history by becoming the first black actress to win an Oscar after winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Mammy in Gone with the Wind.

Retry Correct Incorrect Although her most popular role led to a successful career, she was often typecast in domestic roles throughout the ’40s.
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She made history by becoming the first black actress to win an Oscar after winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Mammy in Gone with the Wind.

  • Ethel Waters
  • Butterfly McQueen
  • Hattie McDaniel
  • Dorothy Dandridge
93%

This actress said, “I never think of myself as an icon. What is in other’s people’s minds is not in my mind. I just do my thing.”

Retry Correct Incorrect Audrey Hepburn is widely considered an iconic actress for her roles in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Sabrina, and My Fair Lady.
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This actress said, “I never think of myself as an icon. What is in other’s people’s minds is not in my mind. I just do my thing.”

  • Grace Kelly
  • Katharine Hepburn
  • Audrey Hepburn
  • Elizabeth Taylor
95%

Known as “The Queen of Technicolor,” this actress can be seen in films such as Miracle on 34th Street and Comanche Territory.

Retry Correct Incorrect Maureen O’Hara had strong chemistry with John Wayne and was often cast as his co-star in films like Rio Grande and The Quiet Man.
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Known as “The Queen of Technicolor,” this actress can be seen in films such as Miracle on 34th Street and Comanche Territory.

  • Lana Turner
  • Maureen O’Sullivan
  • Natalie Wood
  • Maureen O’Hara
98%

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Retry Hmm, maybe you weren’t even alive during The Golden Age of Hollywood. Your knowledge of classic Hollywood cinema seems to be a bit fuzzy. Nice! You know a thing or two about classic Hollywood actresses. You are a classic Hollywood cinema expert!
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