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Friday, November 09, 2007

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - this week: Born in 1907. Answers here.

Quite a few famous people were born one hundred years ago, in 1907. Can you identify them from these descriptions?

1. US actor who played the archetypal Western hero in such films as "Stagecoach", "The Searchers" and "True Grit".
2. English actor who produced, directed and played in acclaimed films of "Henry V", "Hamlet" and "Richard III". He played memorable roles in such films as "Rebecca" and "Marathon Man".
3. American actress who costarred in ten comedies with Spencer Tracy and also appeared in "The African Queen" with Humphrey Bogart and "On Golden Pond" with Henry Fonda.
4. Brazilian architect, a disciple of Le Corbusier, who achieved international fame for his designs for Brasilia, especially the president's palace and the cathedral.
5. English-born US poet who wrote verse dramas with Christopher Isherwood, and opera librettos, notably for Igor Stravinsky's "The Rake's Progress". His poems included "The Sea and the Mirror", "For the Time Being" and "The Age of Anxiety".
6. US film actor, her films included "Stella Dallas", "Double Indemnity" and "Executive Suite". In later years she appeared on television as the matriarchal star of "The Big Valley".
7. American ecologist and scientific writer whose controversial book "Silent Spring" was not only against indiscriminate use of pesticides but also critical of an irresponsible industrial society. She also wrote "The Sea Around Us".
8. American film actress, chiefly remembered as the screaming heroine of "King Kong" (1933), writhing in the hand of the giant ape at the top of the Empire State Building.
9. US band leader, singer, and actor. He was a pioneer of scat singing with his catch phrase "Hi-de-ho", used in his theme song "Minnie the Moocher". He featured in the film "The Blues Brothers".
10. Austrian-born US film director who received Academy Awards for "From Here to Eternity" and "A Man For All Seasons". He also directed "High Noon" and "A Nun's Story".

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