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Posted by on Jan 15, 2014 in Blog | 5 comments

What Do All These Famous People Have in Common?

 

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Let’s play a game.

It’s kinda’ like trivia, but not quite.

Here’s the deal.  Scroll down gradually and examine each photograph.  There’s no rush.  Take your time.  You should be able to identify most of these people in the photos.  If you don’t know a particular name, that’s okay.  It’s written below each photograph.

Each of these famous people has one thing in common.  A common link ties them all together.  I doubt if most of you will identify the common thread quickly, at least until close to the end, where the clues make the answer more obvious.  See how long it takes you to figure it out.

Ready to play?

Okay, let’s begin.

 

Forest_Whitaker

1.  Forest Whitaker — Academy Award Winning Actor

 

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2.  Angie Harmon — Actress (“Rizzoli and Isles”)

 

95-106 Capital FM Summertime Ball 2012 - Media Run

3.  Usher — Singer and Musician

 

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4.  Shannon Elizabeth — Actress (“American Pie”)

 

Hilary-Duff

5.  Hilary Duff — Actress and Singer

Figured it out?  Probably not.  There aren’t enough clues yet to make a guess.  Other than each of these people being popular, that’s about the only thing linking them together.  Let’s continue…..

 

kelly-clarkson

6.  Kelly Clarkson — Singer (“American Idol”)

 

Jaclyn-Smith

7.  Jaclyn Smith — Actress (“Charlie’s Angels”)

 

jamie-foxx

8.  Jamie Foxx — Academy Award Winning Actor

 

Nelly

9.  Nelly — Singer and Musician/Rapper

 

beyonce

10.  Beyonce — Singer

 

That last bunch of photos didn’t help much, did it?  That’s ten famous people so far — and I doubt if anyone has guessed the answer yet.  Let’s try five more clues…..

 

Dabney_Coleman

11. Dabney Coleman — Actor

 

norah-jones

12.  Norah Jones — Singer/Musician and Songwriter

 

steve-martin

13.  Steve Martin — Actor and Comedian

 

eva-longoria

14.  Eva Longoria — Actress

 

carol-burnett

15.  Carol Burnett — Actress and Comedian

I’m guessing we heard our first “bingo’s” during this last string of famous people.  For those who haven’t figured it out yet, here’s some more hints.  Don’t worry, the puzzle gets easier to solve the closer you scroll down to the end….

 

Chris_Cooper

16.  Chris Cooper — Academy Award Winning Actor

 

Joan_Crawford

17. Joan Crawford — Legendary Film Actress (“Mommy Dearest”)

 

Debbie-Reynolds

18.  Debbie Reynolds — Actress and Performer

 

dan-rather

19.  Dan Rather — CBS News Reporter/Anchor

 

jennifr-love-hewitt

20.  Jennifer Love Hewitt — Actress

That probably didn’t help much, did it?  Okay, let’s now make things a little easier to figure out….

 

Paul-Begala

 21.  Paul Begala — CNN Political Analyst

 

TV Bill Moyers Journal

22.  Bill Moyers — Former Presidential Adviser and PBS Journalist

 

tommy-tune

23.  Tommy Tune — Broadway Producer/Director/Performer

 

stevie-ray-vaughan

24.  Stevie Ray Vaughn — Blues Guitar Legend

 

jack-valenti

 25.  Jack Valenti — Former Presidential Adviser/Hollywood Mogul

By now, many of you have guessed correctly.  You can scroll down to see more.  There’s even a bonus question coming.  For those still wondering what common thread links all of these famous people, read on….

 

File photo of the Spelling family in Beverly Hills

26.  Aaron Spelling — Television Producer

 

howard-hughes

27.  Howard Hughes — World’s Wealthiest Man/Aviator/Inventor/Recluse

 

dennis_rodman

28.  Dennis Rodman — Former Basketball Star/Fruitcake

 

Woody_Harrelson

29.  Woody Harrelson — Actor/Political Activist (NORML)

 

Ethan_Hawke

30.  Ethan Hawke — Actor

 

Has anyone reading this not yet figured out the answer?  Well, then — let’s make it easy the rest of the way….

 

Dennis_Quaid

31.  Dennis Quaid — Actor

 

Jennifer_Garner

32.  Jennifer Garner — Actress

Kris_Kristofferson

33.  Kris Kristofferson — Singer/Songwriter/Actor/Activist

 

stanley-marcus

34.  Stanley Marcus — Businessman (Founder Neiman-Marcus)

 

TommyLeeJones

35.  Tommy Lee Jones — Academy Award Winning Actor

 

By now you’ve certainly figured out the common link.  But for some, it probably took a while.  The clues at the end made it much easier, agree?  Tommy Lee Jones was probably the final giveaway.

All the people shown above were born in Texas.  

Most of them grew up in the Lone Star State, as well.  Of course, this is just a partial list.  I picked out the faces that most would instantly recognize.

I like this kind of trivia question because it flies in the face of common stereotypes.  Texas is often stigmatized by outdated images that don’t really apply to any of these people.  I’m guessing that many of you were surprised to learn some of these people are native Texans.

Now, here’s a bonus question.  What do the following people all have in common.  Here’s a hint.  It has something to do with Texas:

 

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Jayne Mansfield — Legendary Film Actress

Janis_Joplin

Janis Joplin — Singer and Music Legend

neil-degrasse-tyson

Neil deGrasse Tyson — Astrophysicist/Author/TV Personality 

 

f-murray-abraham

F. Murray Abraham — Academy Award Winning Actor (“Amadeus”) 

 

eli-wallach

 Eli Wallach — Actor (“The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly”)

 

walter-cronkite

Walter Cronkite — Journalist and CBS Anchorman 

 

matthew-mcconaughey

Matthew McConaughey — Actor

 

renee_zellwiger

Rene Zellwinger — Academy Award Winning Actress

 farrah-faucett

Farrah Faucett — Actress (“Charlie’s Angels”)

 

Owen_Wilson

Owen Wilson — Actor

 

MarciaGayHarden

Marcia Gay Harden — Academy Award Winning Actress

 

Okay, this one is much tougher, isn’t it?  I’m guessing fewer people figured out this trivia question.

Ready for the final answer?

All of the above people attended and/or graduated from the University of Texas.

Life is indeed full of surprises.

 

 

5 Comments

  1. Though Kris Kristofferson was born in Texas, He graduated from Pomona College in California, where he was the Claremont Colleges ROTC Battalion Commander (The same ROTC Unit I attended two decades later). Before embarking on a short but successful Army Career as a highly decorated Airborne-Ranger who flew heliocopters in Vietnam, also studied Literature at Oxford on a Rhodes Scholorship (though he did not complete his degree).

  2. Actually the URL kind of gave it away at once.

    • NOLAN REPLIES: Ooops. Note to self — Know what you intend to write about before listing the topic.

      — Nolan

  3. Inexplicably, you overlooked your big chance to put the 2006 BARGE Lazy Pineapple champion in both categories.

    Sheesh, what a blunder…

  4. NOLAN REPLIES: Tyson attended and earned his Masters from UT, which is all that is asserted in the article. I think the way the second question is posed is pretty clear for those who are paying attention.

    — Nolan

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