Trivia quiz

How much do you know about Marilyn Monroe?



Trivia quiz: 1. A; 2. C; 3. B; 4. B; 5. D

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Aug. 5 marked the 50th anniversary of the death of Marilyn Monroe, blond bombshell and paramour of famous men of her day. There has been no shortage of information in the news about the life of the femme fatale who remains a cultural icon. Here we take a look at some of the ways her influence is still felt in today’s popular culture, among a generation without firsthand knowledge of her popularity while she was alive. Everyone seems to feel as though they’ve known her. See how well you know her.

1. It’s well known that the Elton John song Candle in the Wind was an ode to Norma Jeane Baker, stylized by Hollywood as Marilyn Monroe. The song was repurposed when Princess Diana died young too. What song that came out not too long after her death in 1962 made reference to one of her three husbands, also a cultural icon for different reasons?

A. Mrs. Robinson

B. Say Goodbye to Hollywood

C. Say Hey

D. Glory Days

2. Anna Nicole Smith, a celebrity without much acting talent to her credit, once told an interviewer that she felt a connection with Marilyn Monroe, whom she was often styled after. What advertising series did Smith appear in as a faux Marilyn?

A. Chanel

B. Playboy


D. Cartier

3. Michelle Williams channeled Marilyn Monroe in 2011’s My Week With Marilyn, for which Williams was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar this year. The film was based on a week during which Monroe was shooting a film in England, while her husband was back in the States. Which husband?

A. Joe DiMaggio

B. Arthur Miller

C. James Dougherty

D. Martin Mortensen

4. A huge piece of public art, 26 feet tall, that depicted a famous subway grate scene from the Marilyn Monroe star vehicle The Seven Year Itch was on display in Chicago for almost a year. Where did it travel to next?

A. Palm Desert, Calif.

B. Palm Springs, Calif.

C. Palm Beach, Fla.

D. Hollywood, Calif.

5. Musician and artist Brian Hugh Warner goes by Marilyn Manson, with his band of the same name. He chose the moniker by combining Marilyn Monroe’s first name with Charles Manson’s last name, making his own statement about America’s cultural icons. Charles Manson himself was a singer-songwriter on the fringe of the Los Angeles recording community before becoming famous for murders in the Hollywood film industry. Who was his chief music connection?

A. Paul McCartney

B. Neil Diamond

C. Mike Nesmith

D. Dennis Wilson

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