In anticipation of our upcoming classes featuring contributions by women in the arts, we put together a quiz to test your knowledge about little-known facts about women in music and film.
1. Who is is the only woman to ever win the Academy Award for Best Director?
A. Lina Wertmuller.
B. Jane Campion.
C. Kathryn Bigelow.
2. Who directed around 20 films over the course of her 24 years, taught Francis Ford Coppola, directed Katharine Hepburn and Joan Crawford?:
A. Bette Davis.
B. Lois Weber.
C. Dorothy Arzner.
3. What was the first superhero film to be directed by a woman?
A. Spiderman 2.
B. Wonder Woman.
4. Who was a medieval visionary, leader, poet, dramatist, herbalist and composer?
A. Catherine de Medici.
B. Eleanor of Aquitaine.
C. Hildegarde of Bingen.
5. Queen Victoria mistakenly thought a male had written one of her favorite pieces, “Italien” which was actually composed by:
A. Clara Schumann.
B. Fanny Mendelssohn.
C. Amy Beach.
6. Which actress became a pioneering director and producer and the only woman working within the 1950s Hollywood studio system to do so?
A. Ida Lupino.
B. Gene Tierney.
C. Dorothy Lamour.
7. Who was an American film and theater actress, singer, and dancer best known for being the first African-American actress to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress?
A. Hattie McDaniel.
B. Josephine Baker.
C. Dorothy Dandridge.
8. Which of these leading Broadway Ladies won 3 Tony awards and originated two of the most iconic Broadway roles in history?
A. Ethel Merman.
B. Liza Minelli.
C. Carol Channing.
1. C. Kathryn Bigelow won the Best Director Oscar for The Hurt Locker. Lina Wertmuller was the first woman nominated for the 1976 film, Seven Beauties. Jane Campion was number two for the 1993 film, The Piano, and Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation was also nominated in the past.
2. C. Dorothy Arzner was an American film director whose career in feature films spanned from the silent era of the late 1920s into the early 1940s. In fact, Dorothy Arzner was the only female director working in the 1930s in the United States.
3. B. Wonder Woman (2017) was directed by Patty Jenkins. The domestic gross for the film was $285.3 million.
4. C. Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179) A composer of some 70 works, Hildegard was a writer, mystic and visionary. As a Benedictine Abbess, she founded two monasteries. One of her compositions, “Ordo Virtutum”, is the oldest surviving morality play.
5. B. Queen Victoria thought the piece was created by Fannie’s famous brother, Felix Mendelssohn.
6. A. Ida Lupino was an Anglo-American actress and singer, who became a pioneering director and producer—the only woman working within the 1950s Hollywood studio system to do so.
7. C. Dorothy Dandridge was the first African-American actress to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the 1954 film Carmen Jones.
8. C. Carol Channing is regarded as one of the most amazing stars in history and one of the top performers of all time. Her Dolly Levi in Hello Dolly and Lorelei Lee in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes are two of the most iconic roles in Broadway history. The year Barbra Streisand was nominated for Funny Girl (1964) she lost to Carol Channing’s Hello Dolly.