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QUIZ: What Oscar champ also won the Nobel Prize?

October 12, 2008 | 10:58 am

In honor of the Nobel Prizes being bestowed this week, let's see if you can name the only recipient of that lofty honor who also nabbed Hollywood's Golden Boy.

No, it's not Al Gore. The Oscar for "An Inconvenient Truth" as best documentary of 2006 was given to its exec producer/director/cinematographer Davis Guggenheim, not to the former U.S. vice president who is listed in the doc's credits merely as its star.

Hint: The dual champ reaped both prizes before World War II. To see the answer, CLICK HERE!


ANSWER: George Bernard Shaw received the Nobel Prize for literature in 1925. Thirteen years later he won the Oscar for best adapted screenplay ("Pygmalion," based upon his stage play), sharing the award with Ian Dalrymple, Cecil Lewis and W.P. Lipscomb. "Pygmalion" was also nominated for best picture, actor (Leslie Howard as Professor Henry Higgins) and actress (Wendy Hiller as Eliza Doolittle), but lost all three prizes to, respectively, "You Can't Take It With You," Spencer Tracy ("Boys Town") and Bette Davis ("Jezebel").

Shaw was not in attendance to accept his Oscar. At the ceremony, presenter Lloyd C. Douglas said, "Mr. Shaw's story now is as original as it was 3,000 years ago." Shaw was furious when he heard about the wisecrack later, fuming, "It's an insult for them to offer me any honor, as if they had never heard of me before — and it's very likely they never have. They might as well send some honor to George for being King of England." The statuette is on display at his former home, now a museum, in the British village of Ayot St Lawrence in Hertfordshire.