Final Jeopardy: Celebrity Memoirs

The Final Jeopardy question (5/15/2015), in the category “Celebrity Memoirs” was:

Memoirs by Righteous Brothers singer Bill Medley and this late actor share the title “The Time of My Life.”

It’s the last match of Celebrity Jeopardy! and our players are illusionist, Penn Jillette playing for Opportunity Village; designer, Cynthia Rowley, , playing for a public art fund and the Feed Foundation; and actor, Zachary Quinto, playing for Direct Relief.

Round 1: Cynthia found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “‘Bull’ ___” under the $800 clue before the first commercial break. She was in the lead with $800, $200 more than Zachary in second place. She bet $500 and she was RIGHT.

2-word term for a railed, super-high-speed passenger transport like the Shinkansen in Japan. show

Zachary finished in the lead with $3,400. Cynthia was second with $3,300 and Penn was last with $200.

Round 2: Penn found the first Daily Double in “The Pen is Mightier” under the $1,600 clue. Having caught up very nicely, he was now in the lead with $7,400, $800 more than Zachary in second place. He bet $3,400 and he was RIGHT after making a quick switch from the book to the character.

In an 1851 novel, this character is monomaniacal, blasphemous, 1 for 2 in the legs department and ultimately doomed. show

Well, it was bound to happen at least once this week and it did today. The other Daily Double stayed on the board when the round finished with 2 clues left in “He Grew Up to Be President”.

Penn finished in the lead with $18,800. Zachary was next with $11,400 and Cynthia was in third place with $5,300.

NONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


Bill Medley sang it with Jennifer Warnes, and Patrick Swazye did the dancing with Jennifer Grey in the 1987 hit film “Dirty Dancing.” Patrick Swayze published his autobiography in 2009. Bill Medley published his in 2014 with the subtitle “A Righteous Brother’s Memoir.”

Cynthia drew a blank. She lost her $2,000 bet and finished with $3,300.

Zachary came up with Jason Robards. He bet and lost everything, finishing with $0.

Penn wrote down Leonard Nimoy. That cost him $5,000 but, as he said “I still win, so who cares?” His charity will receive $50,000. Zachary and Cynthia earned $10,000 each for their charities.

FJ Results: 5-15-15

2 years ago:: NONE of the players got this FJ in “20th Century People”

In a PS to an April 12, 1945 letter, he wrote, “this was dictated before the world fell in on me… what a blow it was, but– I must meet it”. show

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14 Responses

  1. Cece says:

    Well,that was kind of entertaining.That Penn is a riot of sorts — when he got out from behind the podium I thought he was gonna hug Alex.

    In the end, it was all good — 15 charities got some bread, and that’s something.

    Now back to normal people on Monday. :)

    • VJ says:

      Yeah, and hopefully the CotD will be back to normal too.

      Penn was one of my favorites in Celebrity Apprentice 12. He played for Opportunity Village back then, too, but he didn’t win.

      He’s lost over 100 lbs in the last 5-6 months!

      • Eric S says:

        Now that’s a disappearing act!

        • VJ says:

          LOL! Good one :)

        • Cece says:

          That’s funny, Eric!

          I didn’t know of him; just saw how fat he was on the picture you provided on the link, VJ — wow!

          Off topic, I just read an article on fivethirtyeight website titled “Why Ken Jennings Jeopardy! streak is nearly impossible to break.”. LINK Interesting piece, in case you haven’t seen it yet.

        • VJ says:

          Thanks, Cece, I put in the link to the article.

        • Eric S says:

          Thank you ladies!
          I hope it read like: *best Groucho imitation*. Speaking of Groucho, a contestant said she bumped into him, literally, in NYC one day, and he said, “hey, why don’t you watch where I’m going!?!”.

        • Eric S says:

          Interesting take away from the link (attn: Doris): a too early of a buzzer gets a half-second delay.

        • VJ says:

          Read it again with your best Groucho imitation :) I love Groucho!!

  2. jacob ska says:

    What a fitting fj clue imho. Bill Medley (one of the blue eyed soul brothers) will always be connected with Patrick Swayze musically in the movies Dirty Dancing and Ghost (Swayze’s biggest hit with Demi Moore) and then, of course, the similar book titles.

    Brought back some good memories for me.

    Back to Andrew on Monday! I hope.

    • VJ says:

      except that it is only Bobby Hatfield singing on “Unchained Melody. LINK. I saw the Righteous Brothers in Atlantic City 2 years before Bobby H died and he was fantastic, even though my all-time favorite “Unchained Melody” is by Vito & the Salutations — the fast doo wop version LINK :):)
      I know I am in the minority on that

  3. doris s. says:

    I guess nobody saw THAT coming (Strikeout). (Funny that Penn found the DD in “The Pen is mightier”..}
    And there IS a Santa Claus. Twice this year.

  4. Eric S says:

    I literally could not have been more
    I just wish the wrong response of Leonard Nimoy would have been given by Zachary Quinto

    • doris s. says:

      Don’t you fret. These celebrities – or so they are called- were unpredictable.At least nobody came up with Wilhelm Tell or Greta Garbo… I think yesterday’s Prague/Vienna/Stockholm clue took the “Cake of the Week”!
      Yet Spock is rotating in his grave….