Yes, indeed, Ann Sheridan lived up to her billing. If there ever was a tough-talking babe with sex appeal to spare, she was she.
It’s summertime, and we thought we’d lighten up on our Quizes. Thus five questions this time instead of the usual 10.
But we hope via this Quiz to cover at least some of the highlights of Sheridan’s career — a busy one (more than 90 movie and tv credits) — over more than 30 years. Since she died in 1967 at the age of 51, she packed a lot of living in each year.
Ok, let’s see how much you know about Ann Sheridan. As usual, questions today and answers tomorrow. Here we go:
1) Question: Sheridan was tagged as the ‘Oomph Girl’ by Warner Brothers. She loved the nickname and used it to further her career. a) True; or b) False?
2) Question: Despite her sophisticated studio makeover (see above), Sheridan was at heart a down home Texas tomboy who could ride, whistle through her fingers, shoot a pistol with accuracy and rebuild a car engine. a) True; or b) False?
3) Question: Sheridan’s ‘Oomph Girl’ tag was used to sell a brand of women’s clothing call ‘Oomphies’. What exactly were ‘Oomphies?’ a) Abbreviated slips; b) House slippers; c) Stocking; or d) Bathrobes.
4) Question: Sheridan married one of her most illustrious leading men. Who is he? a) Cary Grant; b) Jeffrey Lynn; c) Dennis Morgan; or d) George Brent.
5) Question: In Raoul Walsh’s 1940 trucker movie, They Drive By Night, Sheridan played opposite two renowned tough guys. Which two? a) George Raft; b) James Cagney; c) Humphrey Bogart; or d) Edward G. Robinson.
6) Bonus Question: Sheridan was also an accomplished singer, and her vocal work is memorably captured in a production number in 1943’s all-star musical comedy, Thank Your Lucky Stars. What did Sheridan do in her number to make it so memorable?
Answer to yesterday’s quiz: The mystery man photographed by our late pal Donald Gordon and misidentified as Red Barry is — Frank Albertson.