For this week’s Bake, we’ll be sticking with the trivia angle, although I’m switching from music to acting. (Before you run screaming from the room, sit your ass back down. I’ll be offering clues this time, so it should not be as traumatic. And here, take some of my anxiety meds. I’ve got plenty. They give me enough to cause a five-ton elephant to stare at a Pink Floyd album cover for three hours.)
I’ll be presenting photos of actors and actresses in their younger days, and your only duty is to figure out who they are. Some of them will be obvious if you have a keen eye, others not so much. I will then follow the photo with several clues (the exact number will fluctuate depending on my focus level for this project, a caveat that should accompany everything I do). There will be measurable gaps between the photos and each of the clues.
And what do the gaps mean, young grasshoppers? It means you should scroll slowly and not race through the whole mess like a wild boar on crack. (Of course, this is a free country, and you can do whatever you want in your life that proves most satisfying. I’m just giving you an option.)
I should also point out that some of these snaps have been prior victims in the whole Crusty Pie/Past Imperfect mess. So, if you’ve been a somewhat-faithful, long-term reader (and still have basically admirable memory-retention skills), you have a leg up in the challenge. (Where does that “leg up” phrase come from, by the way? I’m sure it has an innocent derivation, but I’ve always thought it seemed a bit ribald. I digress.)
Ready? Here we go…
Bryn Mawr College, 1928
As Eleanor of Aquitaine: “Don’t fret. We’ll wait until you’re dead to do it.”
I was an extra, along with Joan Crawford, who played chorus girls dangling from a chandelier in 1925’s “Pretty Ladies”
Why are they always casting me for Asian parts?
The woman is Jean Harlow, not our target.
He might have been responsible for what happened one night.
And he certainly doesn’t give a damn, Scarlett.
Bit of a French-sounding last name.
Married Vivien Leigh.
Had a son who pled guilty to manslaughter. (Didn’t expect me to go that deep, did you?)
Refused to accept his Best Actor Oscar and sent Sacheen Littlefeather instead.
Coulda been a contender.
(Is she serious with that cross around her neck? Girl, please.)
He was in the first film to win an Oscar for Best Picture . (Small role, but still.)
He won a Best Actor Oscar for “Sergeant York”.
He won again for “High Noon”.
Miss Jean Brodie
Ball of Fire
The Big Valley
“I’d like to kiss ya, but I just washed ma hair.”
“But you are, Blanche. You are in that chair.”
“Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy…”
Continuing our recently-minted tradition, do not proceed past the Giant Duck unless you are ready for the answers.
1. Katharine Hepburn
2. Myrna Loy
3. Clark Gable
4. Laurence Olivier
5. Marlon Brando
6. Joan Crawford
7. Gary Cooper
8. Maggie Smith
9. Barbara Stanwyck
10. Bette Davis
Please sound off in the comments concerning your thoughts on the preceding randomness. How many did you get? Do you feel astonishingly old if your got them all? What are your favorite movies that featured these actors? Do you find it shameful that I know so many movie quotes? So many roads to choose. The world is your oyster, shuck it like you meant it…