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INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE (1994)
Kirsten Dunst first became famous with her award-winning performance as Claudia in "Interview with the Vampire," when she was not even 12 years old. Name one of these accomplished television interviewers.
DROP DEAD GORGEOUS (1999)
A role that brought Kirsten Dunst early fame was that of teenage beauty contestant Amber Atkins. Amber wanted to be a journalist and had her chance both to win the beauty contest and to be a breaking news journalist when the other contestants and journalists covering the pageant were felled by tainted shellfish, which Amber had refused to eat. Answer one of these questions about female journalists.
- What woman born Elizabeth Jane Cochrane is widely believed to be the first female investigative reporter and made a trip around the world in less time than the fictional Phileas Fogg?
- Who was the first to anchor the evening news, a broadcast which is not for women only?
- Name the stepmother of Christian Bale who founded Ms. Magazine.
- Who was the first female host of 60 Minutes?
- What pioneering muckraker who authored a book about the Standard Oil trust inspired landmark anti-trust legislation, including the Clayton Act, the Hepburn Act, and the Mann-Elkins Act?
- Name the NBC correspondent whose drowning death in an automobile mishap in 1983 inspired the film "Up Close and Personal."
- What Hong Kong-born host of the television newsmagazine W5 was appointed Governor General of Canada under Jean Chretien?
- Who was born a slave and became celebrated for her documentation of lynchings and was a founder of the NAACP?
- What Iowa anchorwoman disappeared without a trace on June 27, 1995?
THE VIRGIN SUICIDES (1999)
Name one of these people believed to have been lifelong virgins or late virgins.
- Serbo-Croatian inventor of alternating current
- Heisman Trophy winner who has played both football and baseball professionally and has claimed to be a virgin as recently as age 30
- Concord, Massachusetts-based author and poet, best known for "Civil Disobedience"
- Creator of "Alice in Wonderland"
- Star of TV's "Friends" and "Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion" has stated at various times that she was a virgin after 30
- What diminutive star of "Diff'rent Strokes" claimed he was still a virgin when he was 40 and married
- This country music star who played Maria Von Trapp in a live television production claimed at age 25 to still be a virgin, before marrying NHL player Mike Fisher
- SNL alumna most famous for her imitation of Sarah Palin says she lost her virginity at 24
- What artist was most famous for crushing a soup can?
- The Virgin Warrior, burned at the stake in 1431
- Director of the FBI from 1924 until his death in 1972
Kirsten Dunst co-starred with Michelle Williams in "Dick," a spoof set around the Richard Nixon White House. Answer one of these questions about Richard Nixon and his times.
- Name any of the four men Nixon appointed to the Supreme Court (Will be scored separately)
- Name the prestigious southern school where Nixon got his law degree
- Name any of Nixon's three running mates* (Will be scored separately)
- What midwesterner did Nixon defeat in the 1968 election?
- In what Orange County city is Nixon's birthplace and presidential library and museum?
- Who was Nixon's wife? (Either her full name or her nickname are fine. Will be scored together.)
- What original cabinet post ceased to be a cabinet post during Nixon's tenure?
- From what state was Nixon elected president in 1968?
- Under which constitutional amendment did Nixon appoint Gerald R. Ford to the vice presidency in 1973?
BONUS. In the movie, an anachronism takes place when the two girls are hired to walk Nixon's dog. The controversial dog in question had died long before Nixon's presidency. What was the name of this dog? (-1 point)
BRING IT ON (2000)
In addition to starring as a cheerleader in this film, Kirsten was herself a veteran of cheerleading at two New Jersey high schools. Name one of these famous people who were cheerleaders at some point.
- Laker girl who went on to be a pop music sensation with "Forever Your Girl"
- What future president was head cheerleader at Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass. in 1963-64?
- Oscar winner for "Monster's Ball," she was a high school cheerleader and was a runner-up to Miss USA
- From Arlington, Virginia, she was news anchor at both NBC and CBS and host of the Today show
- What president was a basketball cheerleader at Eureka College?
- Cheerleading in Long Beach led to a jeans modeling career for this star of "There's Something About Mary" and "Charlie's Angels"
- Nearly 20 years before being crippled by polio, this future president cheered for Harvard
- Who cheered for Burlington (Mass.) and went on to SNL, "30 Rock," and "Parks and Recreation"?
- This "Miss Congeniality" was a cheerleader at her Virginia high school before becoming a star with "The Net" and driving the bus in "Speed"
THE CAT'S MEOW (2001)
Kiki graduated from playing teen to adult roles with her performance as Marion Davies, mistress of newspaper mogul William Randolph Hearst. Name one of these newspaper moguls.
- A new mogul, he became filthy rich from Amazon.com and bought the Washington Post
- This expat Canadian managed to sell his wide national newspaper holdings before the bottom fell out of newspapering, but he didn't manage to stay out of prison on fraud charges
- This Canadian foolishly leveraged his television holdings to purchase the newspapers of the man mentioned above. After his untimely death and the collapse of the newspaper industry, his heirs forfeited all of his media holdings.
- What self-described SOB founded USA Today in 1982
- Founder of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the most prestigious awards in journalism are named for him
- What owner of the British tabloid Mirror and Macmillan publishing was mysteriously found dead off his yacht in 1991?
- Who became lord of Fleet and had the home of the Toronto symphony named for him?
- Under the iron rule of Colonel McCormick, what newspaper did Franklin D. Roosevelt so dislike that he used it to housebreak his dog Fala?
- What Australian newspaper baron expanded to the U.S. by buying Fox?
SPIDER-MAN (2002) & SPIDER-MAN 2 (2004) & SPIDER-MAN 3 (2007)
Sporting a red coiffure, Kirsten played girl next door Mary Jane Watson in the 2000s Spiderman trilogy. Given the alias, name one of these superheroes.
- Bruce Wayne
- Clark Kent
- Diana Prince
- David Bruce Banner
- Jaime Sommers
- Barry Allen
- Steve Rogers
- Katherine Kane
- Britt Reid
- Barbara Gordon
MONA LISA SMILE (2003)
Name the creator of one of these iconic works of European art. Last name fine.
Kirsten Dunst starred in 2004 as Lizzie Bradbury, a rising tennis star who earned a spot at Wimbledon. Name a man or woman who has won at that legendary championship tournament.
In the romantic comedy Elizabethtown, Kiki played a flight attendant. Answer one of these questions about airlines.
- What short-lived airline was formed by the merger of North Central and Southern in 1979?
- What is the national airline of Colombia?
- What colorful airline was founded in 1998 as NewAir?
- What defunct directional airline headquarted at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport thrived by being one of only two U.S. airlines willing to establish service to Japan in 1947?
- Founded as Varney Speed Lines, what line was headquartered in El Paso, Denver and Houston before being absorbed by United in 2010?
- The name of what airline hubbed at Ben Gurion Airport means "to the skies"?
- What airline flies to 19 countries from its base at Keflavik International Airport?
- What country's best known airline is Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij?
- What carrier suffered a crash at San Francisco International Airport on July 6, 2013, the most recent fatal incident involving a scheduled carrier in the U.S.?
MARIE ANTOINETTE (2006)
- What building got stormed on July 14, 1789?
- What hero of both the American and French revolutions authored the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen?
- What three-word term describes the period in 1793-94 when over 15,000 people were sentenced to death?
- What activist and politician was the primary antagonist and prosecutor of Louis XVI?
- What is the seven-letter French term for the heir to the throne?
- What was adopted as the national anthem during the revolution? (Jeopardy spelling rule)
- What device was invented during the revolution to make execution by decapitation more efficient?
- What novel did Dickens write about the revolution?
- What three word motto emerged from the revolution but did not become the national motto of France until many decades later? (either French or English OK)
- In what European capital was Marie Antoinette born?
This was a really depressing film, and I can't imagine making a category out of depression, mental illness, etc. So name a common word (i.e., not a proper name) that starts with M and ends with A.
Kirsten met her future husband, Jesse Plemons, during the making of the television series Fargo. Answer one of these questions about North Dakota/Minnesota.
- What is the primary product of the Bakken field?
- What natural and artificial force does the Bakken museum in Minneapolis, named for the founder of Medtronic, explore and celebrate?
- Fargo has the main campus of what land-grant university?
- What north-flowing river separates Fargo from Moorhead, Minnesota?
- Even before the transcontinental railroad from Omaha to Sacramento was completed, Congress authorized a second transcontinental railroad from Duluth to Seattle. What is the two-word name of this railroad that passed through Fargo and Billings, which was named for one of its presidents?
- Fargo was named for a former mayor of what city famous for its wings and Bills?
- What Fargo-born baseballer who never made the Hall of Fame held the single-season home run record for 37 years?
- What glacial lake once covered the Red River basin?
- What is the team nickname of the University of North Dakota?
- Who was born Norma Deloris Egstrom in Jamestown?
Kirsten's latest starring role is in this psychological thriller about a woman who turns to drugs. Identify one of these people who died from drug use or abuse.
- What royal man from Minneapolis died in 2016 after using Fentanyl?
- What Playmate of the Year and reality TV star died in 2007 at age 39 after ingesting a mammoth number of mind-altering chemicals, the year after her son also died from an overdose?
- What aviator died in 1976 after his doctor administered a lethal dose of codeine?
- Name the sex symbol found dead of a suicide from barbituates at her Los Angeles home on August 5, 1962
- Two large funny men of SNL each died at age 33 from mixing large doses of cocaine and opium, one in 1982 and one in 1997. Name either. (Will be scored separately)
- Name the NHL player and donut czar who died in a 1974 crash while driving under the influence of alcohol and barbiturates?
- What abrasive comedian survived a 1980 incident setting himself on fire while freebasing cocaine; his later death was attributed to his use of chemicals.
- What "Family Affair" star died in 1976 at 18 after what the medical examiner described as the most severe overdose he had ever seen?
- What legendary vocalist drowned in a bathtub in 2012 after mixing cocaine and Ambien?
- What male better known for his wife abuse than his music died at 76 in 2007 after years of cocaine?
PEOPLE WITH INITIALS KD OR DK
Name one of these people with the intials KD or DK.
- Starred in "An Affair to Remember" and "The King and I"
- Married to Sylvia Fine, he was a comic actor and a sometime singer of such novelties as "Tchaikovsky" and "Farming"
- Wife of the losing presidential nominee of 1988
- Now 101, he starred in the films "Spartacus," and "Seven Days in May" and on Broadway in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," which his son Michael produced as an Oscar-winning film. (Fitting another category, he was a cheerleader at Amsterdam High School.)
- What jazz singer married to Elvis Costello was born in Nanaimo, B.C. on Vancouver Island?
- Name a co-star of "Melrose Place" who became one of the four stars of "Sex and the City"
- What boxing promoter most famous for a gravity-defying hairdo once served time for manslaughter?
- Name the television producer known for such lurid series as "Picket Fences," "Chicago Hope," and "Boston Legal"
- What mayor led Cleveland almost to ruin as a young man and later launched a quixotic bid for president?
- Name the novelist who achieved fame with the Black Cat mystery series and later in life wrote a series about a young cook named Odd Thomas.
- Who played deputy to Andy Taylor and landlord to Jack Tripper and his female roommates?
NEW JERSEY AURAL
Kirsten was born in Point Pleasant, New Jersey. Listen to this clip and name the New Jersey artist performing. In a couple of instances, the recording is by a group, but name the New Jersey lead singer. (LETTER AND ARTIST REQUIRED)
WARNING: A LETTER IS REQUIRED WITH EVERY AURAL QUESTION. IN ALMOST EVERY GAME, THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE RULED INCORRECT BECAUSE THEY FORGOT THE LETTER OR GOT IT WRONG.
BONUS. What graduate of Newark High School became a legend of Broadway and Hollywood, writing such scores as "Show Boat," "Music in the Air," and "The Cat and the Fiddle," and penning such standards as "The Way You Look Tonight," "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes," and "The Last Time I Saw Paris"? (-2 points)
BONUS. Who is my favorite actress? (-1 point)