Vintage Names From Oscar® History
Sure, these classic Hollywood headliners and former Academy Award staples—with their names that evoke glamour, mystery, and sophistication—have influenced baby name picks of many a parent-to-be. But how much do you really know about these stylish stunners and their humble origins?
Question 1 of 13
Bette Davis' real first name was:
Ruth Elizabeth Davis was known as "Betty" before she became a "Bette". In 1962, Bette Davis became the first person to win 10 Academy Award nominations for acting. Davis claimed that she gave the Academy Award statue its nickname "Oscar" because its rear-end reminded her of her husband's, whose middle name was Oscar. (The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences disputes this).
Question 2 of 13
The British-born Cary Grant was first named:
Dashing Cary grant was born Archibald Leach in Horfield, a suburb of Bristol, England. His only grandson, Cary Benjamin Grant, was born in 2008.
Question 3 of 13
Can you name the actress who counted Eva Lovelace, Tracy Lord Haven, Rose Sayer, and Christina Drayton among her celebrated film roles?
For her roles in Morning Glory, The Philadelphia Story,
Question 4 of 13
Which iconic film role (and character name) brought the doe-eyed Ms. Audrey Hepburn an Academy Award in 1954?
Audrey Hepburn is one of a few actresses to win both an Oscar and a Tony in the same year. In 1954, she garnered an Academy Award and a Tony for her portrayals of the runaway royal Princess Ann in Roman Holiday and a water sprite in Ondine on Broadway.
Question 5 of 13
As an infant, Clark Gable was mistakenly listed as a female on his birth certificate. What was listed as his first name?
William Clark Gable's most famous movie role was Rhett Butler in Gone With the Wind, but in real life, "The King of Hollywood" was called Clark, Clarkie, Billy, or Gabe.
Question 6 of 13
Until she entered Miss Barstow's Finishing School for Girls, this platinum blonde actress thought her real name was "Baby," a nickname that stuck with her for life. The first time she reported to Central Casting, she used her mother's maiden name. But what was her stage name?
For the first five years of her life, Harlean Harlow Carpenter thought her real name was "Baby". When she was sent to Central Casting, she used her mother's maiden name, Jean Harlow.
Question 7 of 13
Her flamboyant and scandalous life on and off the stage made this Southern diva a shoo-in contender for Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind until a disappointing screen test dashed her hopes.
Tallulah Bankhead, a true Southerner, the Alabama-born Bankhead had an illustrious stage career in England and New York. She was one of many actresses considered for the part of Scarlett, who lost the vivid role to Vivien Leigh.
Question 8 of 13
Which male star was teased about his name as a child?
Humphrey Bogart was teased about his first name as a child. Later, as an actor, Spencer Tracy dubbed him "Bogey".
Question 9 of 13
Henry Fonda's nickname was:
Henry Fonda was called Hank by close friends and family members.
Question 10 of 13
This Philadelphia beauty went on to marry a real-life prince. Her first name has ranked in the top 25 most popular names for girls since 2000.
Grace Kelly was the second movie star to become a princess (Rita Hayworth was the first). Her name, Grace, has been included in the top 1,000 most popular girl names every year since the list first debuted in 1880. Kelly has been on the list for several decades.
Question 11 of 13
The daughter of a Flamenco dancer from Spain and a Ziegfeld Girl who danced with the Follies, Margarita Carmen Cansino was discovered while dancing with her father at the Caliente Club in Tijuana, Mexico. But we know her better as:
Rita Hayworth was born Margarita Carmen Cansino. For her film career, she adopted her mother's last name, Hayworth.
Question 12 of 13
Which Hollywood leading man was forced to adopt a more masculine moniker that was miles away from his original name?
John Wayne, born Marion Robert Morrison, had his name changed to Marion Mitchell Morrison, and was once credited as Duke Morrison. film director Raoul Walsh gave him the enduring screen name of John Wayne, after Revolutionary War general "Mad Anthony" Wayne.
Question 13 of 13
Which Hollywood star was born Lucille LeSueur and given a new name as the result of an MGM-sponsored contest?
|Olivia de Havilland|
Told that her name sounded like "Le Sewer", the starlet found her name the subject of an MGM naming contest. The winner? Joan Arden. When it was discovered that Joan Arden already belonged to another actress, Lucille became known as "Joan Crawford" instead. Crawford disliked the name intensely and thought Crawford sounded like "crawfish".
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