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Oscars quiz: Which star did not win best actress for her film debut?

February 7, 2010 |  4:41 am

If Gabourey Sidibe ("Precious") wins the Oscar on March 7, she'll become the fifth performer to prevail as best actress for her film debut. Of the previous four, one was Shirley Booth ("Come Back, Little Sheba"). The three others are pictured below. Who does not belong in this group? To see the answer, click on the "Continue reading" link underneath the photos.

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ANSWER: When Julie Christie won best actress of 1965 for "Darling," it was a big year for the neophyte film star since she also had the lead female role in "Doctor Zhivago," which won five Golden Globes (a record that still stands), including best drama picture. But it was her other role in "Darling" that earned her early notice on the awards scene when she was voted best actress by the New York Film Critics Circle in early December. Thereafter, that kept her chief awards focus on "Darling." She lost the Golden Globe to Samantha Eggar ("The Collector"), but rallied at the Oscars, where she beat Eggar, Elizabeth Hartman ("A Patch of Blue"), Simone Signoret ("Ship of Fools") and even Julie Andrews, star of best picture champ "The Sound of Music." But Julie Andrews had just won the previous year for her screen debut in "Mary Poppins."

Christie's prior screen exposure was meager: "The Fast Lady" (1962), "Crooks Anonymous" (1962), "Billy Liar" (1963), "Young Cassidy" (1965).

Photos: Embassy Pictures, Walt Disney, Paramount, Columbia

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Actually, if you count voiceover work there may be some doubt as to whether or not "Mary Poppins" was Julie Andrews' first film. She voiced Princess Zella in the English-language version of the 1949 Italian animated film "La Rosa di Bagdad" ("The Rose of Bagdad"). Though some sources insist she was only in its U.S. release (as "The Singing Princess") in 1967, IMDb says it was released in the UK in 1952 (under the English translation of its original title), while she was still a teenager. *IF* she was in the 1952 UK release, technically THAT was her film debut; that also suggests the 1967 U.S. release was a reissue to capitalize on her fame after "The Sound of Music". ("Mary Poppins" was unquestionably her live-action film debut.)

A similar confusion exists with Anna Paquin, who voiced the role of Sheeta in an English-language version of Hayao Miyazaki's "Castle in the Sky". However, though the film was originally released in 1986 (and first came to the States in 1989), the version Paquin appeared in was released in 2003, well after her Best Supporting Actress-winning screen debut in 1993's "The Piano".


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