Monday Trivia Number Eleven

What literary work is called to mind by listing these entertainers, some obscure and some legendary, some alive and some dead, of various nationalities, in this particular order?

  1. Rebekah Brandes
  2. Roddy McDowall
  3. Max Von Sydow
  4. Courtney Love
  5. Glenn Shadix
  6. Mel Blanc
  7. Pietro Tordi
  8. Glenn Shadix
  9. Roy Purcell
  10. Peter Firth
  11. Gérard Depardieu
  12. Jamie Glover

Burt Likko

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  1. Gravity’s Rainbow, in that I can make sense of neither.

  2. The Bible. A partial reconstruction:

    1. Rebekah (appears in Genesis)
    2. Jeremiah (his middle name)
    3. ???
    4. Courtney Michelle Love (archangel Michael, mentioned in Daniel)
    5. ???

    I’m not sure. Probably I’m way, way off here.

  3. Glenn Shadix twice? And do you have any idea how many different projects Roddy McDowall has been involved in?

    This is really a tough one, I think.

    • Yes, Glenn Shadix twice. That was not an error. And yes, this one feels diabolically obscure clever inspired difficult.

  4. Roddy McDowell — Planet of the Apes — Apeman —

    Is Lola versus Powerman and the Moneygoround your second-favorite Kinks album?

  5. Here’s your Tuesday hint: the work of literature in question falls within the genres of both history and biography.

  6. “The Twelve Caesars” is the answer, though I’m ashamed to admit that I’d never heard of the book before today. Google and IMDb combine into a powerful trivia-solving device.

    • Very nicely done.

      Am I correct that in some case (e.g. Otho), the character played is a different person of the same name as the Caesar? (I see that Peter Corrigan played the hobbit Otho Sacksville-Baggins in The Fellowship of the Ring.)

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