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It's All Relative

written by: mwprods
The fourth version of a quiz that probes the depth of your fertile knowledge about the roots of some lustrous family trees.

Question 1:

What was special about the town of Columbia, MD where actor Edward Norton Jr. grew up?
It was famous for its nude theater company.
It was created by Edmund Bacon, the father of his friend Kevin Bacon.
It banned cable television.
It was created by his maternal grandfather, urban planner James Rouse.

Question 2:

Singer Etta James is not a billiards player, but she is very aware of the exploits of legendary pool shark "Minnesota Fats". Why?
None of these
She believes that "Fats" was her father.
As a child, she appeared as an extra in the pool movie "The Hustler".
Her father lost the family home in a gambling debt to "Minnesota Fats".

Question 3:

What do the sons of Henry Kissinger, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and former New York Times executive editor Max Frankel have in common?
Each of them works as a TV/film director or producer.
They were fraternity brothers in college.
They attended the same prep school in the suburbs of Washington, DC.
Their nicknames are all "Stinky."

Question 4:

Why does U.S. Congressman Rahm Emanuel (D-Illinois) have a keen interest in one major character on the HBO series "Entourage"?
His brother, Hollywood agent Ariel Emanuel, is the model for the agent character Arie.
His mother runs the show's craft services table.
His actress daughter plays character Vinnie Chase's press agent.
He worked his way through law school as a parking valet for Hollywood celebs.

Question 5:

What does President George W. Bush have in common with the 16th-century religious dissenter Anne Marbury Hutchinson?
Both are distant relatives of the Nixons.
None of these
Both are descended from an Irish warlord named Strongbow.
Both are distant relatives of the Kennedys

Question 6:

How is the movie "Casablanca" linked to the end of the "Curse of the Bambino" and the Boston Red Sox World Series victory in 2004?
Much of "Casablanca" was originally shot in Florida, spring home of the Red Sox.
The brothers who wrote "Casablanca" are related to the general manager of the Red Sox.
The director of "Casablanca" also directed "Field of Dreams" with Kevin Costner.
David "Papi" Ortiz, the Red Sox slugger, who grew up in the Dominican Republic, learned to speak English by watching the movie on tape.

Question 7:

What crossed paths connect Uma Thurman with psychologist Timothy Leary, the notorious Pied Piper of LSD, who died in 1996?
Leary and Uma's father, a Buddhist-scholar, shared the same mantra.
Timothy Leary was the godfather of Uma Thurman and Winona Ryder.
Leary was once married to Uma's mother.
Leary's stepson is Ethan Hawke

Question 8:

How are actor William Hurt and Henry Luce, founder of the Time-Life publishing empire, linked?
Hurt's mother was married to Luce's son, Henry Luce III.
They were both once part of the trivia team "NY's Strongest."
Hurt's former wife, actress Mary Beth Hurt, is Luce's granddaughter.
They both dated Marlee Matlin.

Question 9:

What do "The Alamo", "The Exorcist", and the classic TV series "The Honeymooners" have in common?
Relatives Billy Bob Thornton, Ellen Burstyn, Art Carney
They all include characters named Ed Norton.
Relatives Davy Crockett, William Friedkin and Audrey Meadows
Relatives Jason Patric, Jason Miller, Jackie Gleason

Question 10:

Who or what is the common thread among Bernie Williams, Hank Williams, Jr. and Vanessa L. Williams?
They've all served as judges in the Miss America Pageant.
Only their last names
Their skill in playing classical Spanish guitar pieces
They all played outfield professional baseball.


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