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Quiz: What Oscars champ also won the Nobel Prize?

March 15, 2010 |  8:33 pm

Can you name the one person who won both the Nobel Prize and the Oscar? No, it's not Al Gore. The Oscar for "An Inconvenient Truth" as best documentary of 2006 was given to its executive 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 on the "Continue Reading" link below.


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 did not show up at the Oscars to accept. 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.

Photos:, AMPAS


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