Hollywood Star Quiz
Chanukah is a time for latkes—which I don’t eat out of respect to my heart and my waistline.
So, in honor of Chanukah, we’re rolling out Seraphic Secret’s popular game: “Who The Heck Is That Spooky Looking Kid Who Grew Up To Become a Hollywood Star?”
Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, and Myrna Loy (her photograph sits on the desk) in Wife vs. Secretary, 1936. This is what the audience sees.
And this is what it takes to create the scene. The great director Clarence Brown is seated with a hand over his mouth.
Okaaay, as we hoped, our quiz proved quite a bit easier in its present incarnation.
Thanks to everyone for participating.
Let’s pull back the curtain for the reveal.
“Men like me because I don’t wear a brassiere. Women like me because I don’t look like a girl who would steal a husband. At least not for long.”
“At the premiere of King Kong I wasn’t too impressed. I thought there was too much screaming. I didn’t realize then that King Kong and I were going to be together for the rest of our lives, and longer.”
“I dress for the image. Not for myself, not for the public, not for fashion, and not for men.”
Congratulations to Christopher DiGrazia, author of The Director’s Cut, the fine Theda Bara novel Seraphic Secret reviewed just last week. Christopher has a sharp eye and is quick on the keyboard. An autographed copy of my award-winning novel The Hebrew Kid and the Apache Maiden will be in the mail in a few days.
Whisperingypsy and INC both came in with the correct answers—but a bit late. Good work from two movie lovers who clearly know their stuff.
Seraphic Secret is going to collect a few more images and then return with another quiz in a few weeks.
Karen and I wish all our friends and relatives an inspirational and lovely Shabbat.
And to all our friends and relatives in Israel, in the wake of Obama’s—predictable from a disciple of Jeremiah Wright—return to Auschwitz borders speech: “Chazak V’ematz.”Be strong and courageous, do not be dismayed; for the Lord your G-d is with you wherever you go.
Okay, kids, Seraphic Secret has redesigned the format of our contest in order to make it more likely—or, um, less impossible—to have a winner. Your chances for picking correctly have greatly increased now that we’ve made it a multiple choice quiz.
Check the math; the odds are a lot better than what Bugsy Siegel—real name, Benjamin Siegelbaum—offered in Vegas.
A few tips: Recognition frequently comes from the eyes, the lips, a particular thrust of the chin, or a pose that projects an eerily familiar attitude. Keep in mind that noses are often fixed, teeth straightened, eyebrows and hairlines plucked—ouch!
Body types change radically. Brigitte Bardot was a chubby, awkward pre-adolescent whose future beauty was all but impossible to predict.
For actresses in Hollywood, extreme dieting was—and is—the preferred method used to achieve the desired svelte silhouette. Every woman in the world knows the camera adds ten to thirteen lbs., thus eating disorders were—and are—common in tinsel town. Some studios weighed their contract players on a daily basis striking terror in the hearts of leading ladies.
On a staircase in the MGM executive building, studio chief L.B. Mayer caught an unflattering view of Alice Terry’s expanding derrière. He immediately presented the lovely and talented silent star with a brutal ultimatum: chocolate or stardom.
Hollywood myth has Terry replying: “Mr. Mayer, there really is no choice. I’ll take the chocolate.”
Here are three childhood photos of future movie stars. Can you identify them?
The first to answer all three correctly in our comments section will get a signed copy of my award-winning novel, The Hebrew Kid and the Apache Maiden.
Set in the years after the Civil War, a Jewish family migrates westward, seeking the security and the freedom denied them in their native Russia. Led by Papa, a great scholar and mystic, and Mama, a pragmatic, loving woman, the family overcomes great hardship in their search for the promise of America — a home to call their own, a life free from oppression.
So begins the tale of young Ariel, a wise, serious and sometimes impulsive boy, determined to celebrate his Bar Mitzvah. Traversing the rugged, lawless American Southwest, Ariel encounters Lozen, the sister of the great Apache warrior Victorio. Becoming fast friends, Ariel and Lozen learn from each another how both people cling tenaciously and lovingly to their traditions and beliefs in the face of incredible challenges, and how the land around them is alive with wonder — and danger.
Our contest ends Friday, 3 AM Pacific Standard Time.
The rule is just one set of three guesses per person.
Please give your answer with Star #, letter, and name. Your answer should look like this:
Star #1 is d) Brigitte Bardot.
Star #2 is b) Grace Kelly
Star #3 is a) Theda Bara
Unfortunately, we do not have a winner this week.
We tried making it easier, but evidently we miscalculated. Thus, next time out we will present a different format that will make guessing correctly a far likelier possibility.
You see, we really do want you to win.
Okay, let’s get to the surprising reveals.
Karen and I wish all our friends and relatives a lovely and inspirational Shabbat.