This engaging quiz about the most prominent women in Hollywood will test your knowledge of TV and film trivia. The majority of today's most thrilling, significant, and humorous television series and films are produced by women, from actors and filmmakers to executive producers and studio chiefs.
Taking primarily feisty roles in films such as in, Susan Slept Here, The Unsinkable Molly Brown and Bundle of Joy with her future husband Eddie Fisher, who is this multi-talented singer, dancer and actress?
Mary Frances “Debbie” Reynolds was an American actress, singer, and businesswoman. Her career spanned almost 70 years. Her successes include The Affairs of Dobie Gillis (1953), Susan Slept Here (1954), Bundle of Joy (1956 Golden Globe nomination), The Catered Affair (1956 National Board of Review Best Supporting Actress Winner), and Tammy and the Bachelor (1957), in which her performance of the song “Tammy” reached number one on the Billboard music charts.
This stunning, one-of-a-kind actress was a powerhouse of personality. Acting in such films as Hitchcock’s Charade, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and My Fair Lady, she showed her versatility and was believable in every role, co-starring with powerhouse actors such as Cary Grant in Charade and Gregory Peck in Roman Holiday. Who is this actress, dancer, and humanitarian?
Audrey Hepburn was a British actress and humanitarian. Recognised as both a film and fashion icon, she was ranked by the American Film Institute as the third-greatest female screen legend from the Classical Hollywood cinema and was inducted into the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame.
Not only was _ the highest-paid actress in the world in 2010 and 2014, but she was also chosen as People’s Most Beautiful Woman in 2015.
Sandra Annette Bullock is an American actress and producer. The recipient of various accolades, including an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and three Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, she was the world’s highest-paid actress in both 2010 and 2014.
This talk show queen started with a local gabfest in Chicago, and by the time her show went nationwide in 1986, she was an Oscar nominee. Who is she?
Oprah Gail Winfrey is an American talk show host, television producer, actress, author, and philanthropist. She is best known for her talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, broadcast from Chicago, which was the highest-rated television program of its kind in history and ran in national syndication for 25 years, from 1986 to 2011.
Born as Frances Ethel Gumm and getting her start as one of the singing Gumm Sisters, this actress went on to be one of the most loved teenage stars of all time. On the job, she was a professional in every sense, rarely needing to reshoot scenes, especially when singing was involved.
Judy Garland was an American actress and singer. She is widely known for playing the role of Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz. With a career spanning 45 years, she attained international stardom as an actress in both musical and dramatic roles, as a recording artist, and on the concert stage.
Playing the wise but gentle femme-fatale in several of Alfred Hitchcock’s thrillers opposite such actors as James Stewart and Cary Grant, this beautiful actress later became royalty.
Grace Patricia Kelly was an American actress who, after starring in several significant films in the early to mid-1950s, became Princess of Monaco by marrying Prince Rainier III in April 1956.
What Ohio native and former child actor played newspaper columnist Carrie Bradshaw for six seasons of ‘Sex and the City’?
Sarah Jessica Parker
Sarah Jessica Parker is an American actress and television producer. She is known for her role as Carrie Bradshaw on the HBO television series Sex and the City (1998–2004), for which she won two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards for Best Actress in a Comedy Series and three Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Nominated for Academy Awards four different times for her films, Stella Dallas, Ball of Fire, Sorry, Wrong Number, and Double Indemnity, who is this talented and beautiful actress with a hint of Brooklyn in her voice?
Barbara Stanwyck was an American actress, model and dancer. A stage, film, and television star, during her 60-year career as a consummate professional she was known for her strong, realistic screen presence and versatility.
Born as Natalia Nikolaevna Zakharenko, this actress played a tormented teenager with suicidal and self-destructive tendencies because of a failed love interest in the 1961 film, Natalie WoodSplendor in the Grassopposite actor Warren Beatty.
Natalie Wood was an American actress and model who began her career in film as a child and successfully transitioned to young adult roles. She was the recipient of four Golden Globes and three Academy Award nominations.
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Perhaps her most famous movie line of her career was, “Why don’t you come up and see me sometime?” Who was this gutsy blonde?
Mae West was an American stage and film actress, playwright, screenwriter, singer, and sex symbol whose entertainment career spanned over seven decades. She was known for her breezy sexual independence, and her lighthearted bawdy double entendres, often delivered in a husky contralto voice.
This quiz is getting heavy. On a lighter note, who was the first African American woman to win the Oscar for Best Actress?
Halle Maria Berry is an American actress. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance of a struggling widow in the romantic drama Monster’s Ball (2001)—becoming the only African-American woman to have won the award—and took on high-profile roles such as Storm in four installments of the X-Men film series (2000–2014), the henchwoman of a robber in the thriller Swordfish (2001), Bond girl Jinx in Die Another Day (2002), and the title role in the much-derided Catwoman (2004), the latter for which she received US$12.5 million.
In 2017, this Oscar-winning star of ‘The Hours’ and ‘Big Little Lies’ pledged to work with a female director every 18 months. Who is she?
Nicole Mary Kidman is an American and Australian actress and producer. Known for her work across various film and television productions from several genres, she has continuously remained one of the world’s highest-paid actresses. She is the recipient of numerous accolades, including an Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, two Primetime Emmy Awards and six Golden Globe Awards.
Which ‘Bridesmaids’ star received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her work in the hit 2011 comedy?
Melissa Ann McCarthy is an American actress, comedian, producer, writer, and fashion designer. She is the recipient of numerous accolades, including two Primetime Emmy Awards and nominations for two Academy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards. McCarthy was named by Time as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2016, and she has been featured multiple times in annual rankings of the highest-paid actresses in the world.
Which Oscar-winning actress founded the controversial luxury lifestyle and wellness company Goop?
Gwyneth Kate Paltrow is an American actress and businesswoman. Paltrow gained notice for her early work in films such as Seven (1995), Emma (1996), Sliding Doors (1998), and A Perfect Murder (1998). She garnered wider acclaim for her performance as Viola de Lesseps in the romantic historical fiction film Shakespeare in Love (1998) which won her several awards, including the Academy Award for Best Actress.
Who was the first woman to co-host the network evening news?
Barbara Jill Walters is a retired American broadcast journalist, author, and television personality. Known for her interviewing ability and popularity with viewers, Walters appeared as a host of numerous television programs, including Today, The View, 20/20, and the ABC Evening News. Walters was a working journalist from 1951 until 2015.
Which actress, activist, and businesswoman won her first Oscar for playing June Carter Cash in 2005’s ‘Walk the Line’?
Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon is an American actress and producer. The recipient of various accolades, including an Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, and two Golden Globe Awards, she has consistently ranked among the world’s highest-paid actresses.
Which Hollywood triple threat got her start as a member of the Fly Girls, the in-house dance troupe on the early ’90s sketch comedy show ‘In Living Color’?
Jennifer Lynn “J.Lo” Lopez is an American singer, actress, and dancer. In 1991, she began appearing as a Fly Girl dancer on In Living Color, where she remained a regular until she decided to pursue an acting career in 1993. For her first leading role in the 1997 Selena biopic of the same name, she became the first Latin actress to earn over US$1 million for a film.
In 2007, this ‘A League of Their Own’ star launched her Institute on Gender in Media which works specifically to increase the number of female characters in entertainment. Who is she?
Virginia Elizabeth “Geena” Davis is an American actress, activist, producer, and former model. She is the recipient of an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award, and has been nominated for a British Academy Film Award and a Primetime Emmy Award. In 2019, she received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for her work fighting gender bias on and off-screen in Hollywood.
What was the name of President Ronald Reagan’s first wife?
Jane Wyman was an American actress, singer, dancer, and philanthropist. She received an Academy Award, three Golden Globe Awards and nominations for two Primetime Emmy Awards. Wyman was the first wife of actor and future US President Ronald Reagan.
Which beautiful actress starred with handsome leading men such as Clark Gable in, Mogambo, Gregory Peck in The Snows of Kilimanjaro, and Tyrone Power in The Sun Also Rises, but was married to boyish actor Mickey Rooney?
Ava Lavinia Gardner was an American actress and singer. She first signed a contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1941 and appeared mainly in small roles until she drew critics’ attention in 1946 with her performance in Robert Siodmak’s film noir The Killers. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in John Ford’s Mogambo (1953), and for best actress for both a Golden Globe Award and BAFTA Award for her performance in John Huston’s The Night of the Iguana (1964).
This Oscar-winning singer-actress was the fourth woman to play the lead role in a feature film production of ‘A Star Is Born’. Who is she?
Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta known professionally as Lady Gaga, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She is known for her image reinventions and musical versatility. She also ventured into acting, playing leading roles in the miniseries American Horror Story: Hotel (2015–2016), for which she received a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress, and the critically acclaimed musical drama film A Star Is Born (2018).
Who is this actress, most famous for her roles as Melanie in Gone with the Wind and Maid Marion to Errol Flynn’s Robin Hood, as well as her lifelong feud with her actress sister, Joan Fontaine?
Olivia de Havilland
Dame Olivia Mary de Havilland was a British-American actress. One of her best-known roles is that of Melanie Hamilton in Gone with the Wind (1939), for which she received her first of five Oscar nominations, the only one for Best Supporting Actress.
Which Academy Award-nominated actress plays unhinged villainess Harley Quinn in the DC Comics movie universe?
Margot Elise Robbie is an Australian actress and producer. She achieved wider recognition with starring roles as Jane Porter in The Legend of Tarzan (2016) and Harley Quinn in the DC superhero films Suicide Squad (2016), Birds of Prey (2020) and The Suicide Squad (2021).
In 2018, this powerhouse singer-actress became the first African American woman to headline the Coachella music festival. Who is she?
Beyoncé was the first African American woman to headline the festival and her performance immediately received widespread critical acclaim.
This star of ‘Enough Said’ and ‘A Bug’s Life’ is best known for her impressive television comedy career, which has netted her more Emmys and SAG Awards for acting than any other performer. Who is she?
Julia Scarlett Elizabeth Louis-Dreyfus is an American actress, comedian, and producer. Her film roles include Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989), Deconstructing Harry (1997), and Enough Said (2013). She also provided voices for the animated films A Bug’s Life (1998), Planes (2013), and Onward (2020). In 2021, she began portraying Valentina Allegra de Fontaine in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
This stunning blonde was often cast in roles where she portrayed the dumb blonde image, although, in reality, she had an IQ of 160. She was famous for non-spoken communication through squeals, sighs, and wiggles in movies such as Kiss Them for Me, and Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?
Jayne Mansfield was an American actress, singer, nightclub entertainer, and Playboy Playmate. A sex symbol of the 1950s and early 1960s while under contract at 20th Century Fox, Mansfield was known for her well-publicized personal life and publicity stunts. Her film career was short-lived, but she had several box-office successes and won a Theatre World Award and a Golden Globe Award
This ‘How To Get Away With Murder’ star has won the Triple Crown of Acting: an Emmy, a Tony, and an Oscar. Who is she?
Viola Davis is an American actress and producer. The recipient of various accolades, including an Academy Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, and two Tony Awards, she is the first African-American to achieve the Triple Crown of Acting. In 2014, she began playing lawyer Annalise Keating in the television drama series How to Get Away with Murder, for which she won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 2015, becoming the first black actress to win the award.
Which powerful talk show host, actress, and part-time dance machine only lasted a semester at the University of New Orleans before dropping out?
Ellen Lee DeGeneres is an American comedian, television host, actress, writer, and producer. She starred in the sitcom Ellen from 1994 to 1998 and has hosted her syndicated television talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, since 2003. DeGeneres has hosted the Academy Awards, Grammy Awards, and the Primetime Emmys. She has authored four books and started her own record company, Eleveneleven, as well as a production company, A Very Good Production.
This actress was famous for her roles depicting hard-hearted, sardonic or even horrifying characters such as she played in, “Of Human Bondage” and “The Nanny.” She was one of Hollywood’s most iconic leading ladies. Her most endearing role came later in life when she played Apple Annie opposite Glenn Ford in “Pocketful of Miracles.”
Ruth Elizabeth “Bette” Davis was an American actress whose career spanned more than 50 years and 104 movies and TV shows detailed on the website Through The Cutter. After some unsuccessful films, she had her critical breakthrough playing a vulgar waitress in Of Human Bondage (1934) although, contentiously, she was not among the three nominees for the Academy Award for Best Actress that year.
Which British woman was featured on Time Magazine’s January 5, 1953 cover for coming into her own, as well as three other times?
Queen Elizabeth II
When her father, King George VI, died in 1952, Elizabeth became queen. In honor of her succession to the throne, TIME chose Elizabeth II as the 1953 Woman of the Year, finding that her significance was that “of a fresh young blossom on roots that had weathered many a season of wintry doubt.
This actress was well-known for her dramatic roles in such films as “Citizen Kane,” “Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte” and “The Magnificent Ambersons” long before taking on perhaps her most memorable role as Endora in the television series “Bewitched.”
Agnes Robertson Moorehead was an American actress. In a career spanning four decades, her credits included work in radio, stage, film, and television. Moorehead was the recipient of such accolades as a Primetime Emmy Award and two Golden Globe Awards, in addition to nominations for four Academy Awards. She is best known for her role as Endora on the television series Bewitched, but she also had notable roles in films, including Citizen Kane, Dark Passage, All That Heaven Allows, and Show Boat.
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Born Constance Frances Marie Ockleman, this beautiful actress, noted for her iconic long blonde bangs that always swept across her face, played a femme fatale in film noir pieces with Alan Ladd as well as some comedic roles such as, I Married a Witch opposite Frederic March.
Constance Frances Marie Ockelman known professionally as Veronica Lake, was an American film, stage, and television actress. Lake was best known for her femme fatale roles in film noirs with Alan Ladd during the 1940s, her peek-a-boo hairstyle, and films such as Sullivan’s Travels (1941) and I Married a Witch (1942).
Which gymnast was the first American woman to win the all-around gold medal at the Olympics?
Mary Lou Retton
Mary Lou Retton is an American retired gymnast. At the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, she won a gold medal in the individual all-around competition, as well as two silver medals and two bronze medals. Her performance made her one of the most popular athletes in the United States.Her gold medal win was historic as Retton was the first American woman to win the all-around gold medal in Olympic gymnastics.
Winning an Academy Award for her role in It Happened one Night, starring opposite Clark Gable, this American actress was known more for her character and acting than for her beauty, although she was attractive enough to place opposite the likes of Jimmy Stewart, Fredric March, and Robert Young. One of her more famous comedic roles was in The Egg and I, a comedy co-starring Fred MacMurray.
Claudette Colbert was an American actress. Colbert began her career in Broadway productions during the late 1920s and progressed to motion pictures with the advent of talking pictures. Initially associated with Paramount Pictures, she gradually shifted to working as a freelance actress. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress in It Happened One Night (1934), and received two other Academy Award nominations.
What was the name of the character played by actress Kathy Bates in the movie “Misery”?
Anne Marie “Annie” Wilkes is the antagonist in the 1987 novel Misery, by Stephen King. In the 1990 film adaptation of the novel, Wilkes was portrayed by Kathy Bates, who won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal.
Who became the first African American female director to oversee a $100 million feature film when she directed the 2018 big-screen adaptation of ‘A Wrinkle in Time’?
Ava Marie DuVernay is an American filmmaker, television producer, and film publicist. She won the directing award in the U.S. dramatic competition at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival for her second feature film Middle of Nowhere, becoming the first black woman to win the award. DuVernay’s 2018 Disney children’s fantasy film A Wrinkle in Time made her the first black woman to direct a live-action film earning $100 million at U.S. box office but had losses of up to $131 million.
In 2010, she became the first woman to ever win the Academy Award for Best Director. Can you name her?
Kathryn Ann Bigelow is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. Covering a wide range of genres, her films include Near Dark, Point Break, Strange Days, K-19: The Widowmaker, The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty, and Detroit.
Madeleine Albright, the first woman to become United States Secretary of State, was born in which country?
Madeleine Jana Korbel Albrigh was an American diplomat and political scientist who served as the 64th United States secretary of state under President Bill Clinton from 1997 to 2001. A member of the Democratic Party, Albright was the first woman to hold the post. Albright immigrated with her family to the United States in 1948 from communist Czechoslovakia.
This explosive actress, with her stunning red hair and hourglass figure, played in dramas, romances and even comedies. Reaching her dream of dancing with Fred Astaire, she partnered with him in two films, “You’ll Never Get Rich” and “You Were Never Lovelier.” “The Strawberry Blonde” was Hollywood’s leading lady in the mid-1940s and was considered a real bombshell. Who was this energetic movie star?
Rita Hayworth was a Spanish American actress, dancer, and producer. She achieved fame during the 1940s as one of the era’s top stars, appearing in 61 films over 37 years. The press coined the term “The Love Goddess” to describe Hayworth after she had become the most glamorous screen idol of the 1940s.
This strong, beautiful and sometimes frightening actress got her start as a dancer in a traveling chorus line. From her portrayal of the manipulative Mildred Pierce to the vulnerable and dependent Blanche Hudson in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? she has left her mark on Hollywood.
Joan Crawford was an American actress. Starting as a dancer in traveling theatrical companies before debuting on Broadway, Crawford was signed to a motion picture contract by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1925.
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