Final Jeopardy: Actresses

The Final Jeopardy question (6/23/2016) in the category “Actresses” was:

She won a 2006 Oscar & a 2015 Tony for playing the same monarch, though in different productions.

2x champ Laurie MacDougall has won $51,700 so far. In her third appearance, she is up against these two players: Marjika Howarth, from South Jordan, UT; and Will Gilbert, from St. Louis, MO.

Round 1 Categories: First Family Pets – Literary Nicknames -Adele – Get Together – For Drinks – & Apps

Laurie found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Literary Nicknames” under the $800 clue on the 4th pick of the round. She was the only one on the plus side with $600. Will was at zero and Marjika was in the red for $200. She bet $1,000 and came up with Fast. Synonymous but WRONG.

This Anglo-Irish author went by the nickname “Dr. Presto”, presto being the Italian equivalent of his last name.  show

Will finished in the lead with $8,200. Laurie was second with $2,800 and Marjika was last with $400.

Round 2 Categories: Thrilled To The Marrow – French Arts & Culture – Produce The Celebrity Name – the Library Of Congress – Countries Of The World – Word Of The “Day”

Laurie found the first Daily Double in “Word of the ‘Day'” under the $1,200 clue on the 3rd pick. Radar! In second place with $4,000 now, she had $4,200 less than Will’s lead. She bet $2,000 and she was RIGHT.

Rhyming period of one’s greatest strength, youth or vigor. show

Laurie found the last Daily Double in “Library of Congress” under the $1,200 clue. There were 2 clues left after it. She was still in second place with $12,000 but, now, that was just $1,400 less than Will’s lead. She bet $1,500 and, after a little hesitation, she was RIGHT.

Of the approximately 700 daguerrotypes in the library’s photo division, about half are from this man’s studio. show

Will finished in the lead with $13,800. Laurie was next with $13,500 and Marjika was in third place with $6,400.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


Out of the 6 Oscar nominations that this 2006 film got, Helen Mirren was the only winner. This is from the film’s IMDB Trivia page: “In 2015, Helen Mirren again portrayed Queen Elizabeth II, this time in the Broadway play “The Audience”. Mirren won the Tony Award [Link to her acceptance speech] for this portrayal of the queen, making her the tenth performer to win both awards for portraying the same person or character, and the first since Lila Kedrova won both awards 31 years earlier.”

Marjika wrote down (Cate) Blanchett (who played Elizabeth I in a 2007 flick.) She lost her $3,600 bet and finished with $2,800.

Laurie got it right. She bet $12,800 bringing her up to $26,300.

Will thought it was (Gwyneth) Paltrow. He lost his $13,201 bet, leaving him with $599. So Laurie prevails another day. She said “wow” when her $78,000 3-day total was shown. Wow, indeed! Great job there, Laurie.

Laurie MacDougall, Will Gilbert and Marjika Howarth on Jeopardy! (June 23, 2016)

These 3 stumpers were all in the French Arts & Culture category:

($400) An antique furniture style is named for this long-reiging French King of the late 17th century

($1600) The Musee D’Orsay houses a large collection of 19th century French art, including his scandalous painting “Olympia”

($2000) “Manon” is probably the best-known opera by this composer whose last name also starts with “Ma”

2 years ago: NONE of the players got this FJ in “Science & Industry”

In 1891 this European said, “Perhaps my factories will put an end to war sooner than your congresses.” show

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20 Responses

  1. jacob ska says:

    VJ, what was your reaction on the “Plumb” clue when Laurie was negged for giving the wrong first name & Marjika was credited for providing just the last name? What shocked me was when Alex said to Laurie she provided too much information by providing the first & last name then Marjika got credit for providing no 1st name but repeated the same last name that Laurie provided.

    • jacob ska says:

      Is there a precedence for this? I was surprised Marjika got credit for repeating the same last name as Laurie w/o having to provide a 1st name. Not that it mattered in the long run since Laurie won the game but I found it odd.

      • Mathwiz100 says:

        I did a little research on the matter. There are no official rules on scenarios such as these (for legal reasons), so it is up to the ruling of the judges. If they believe that a last name is all that is needed, then they’ll accept it. If they believe that you need to be more specific, then they’ll ask for a first name (i.e.- “President Roosevelt”).
        The point which I’m trying to make here is: it is sometimes better to be vague on Jeopardy (oddly).

      • VJ says:

        I thought that was perfectly fine. Lots of time a player has given an answer away by adding something s/he didn’t need to

  2. aaaa says:

    Laurie should have wagered less than $700 so keep Marjika out of the running.

  3. Mathwiz100 says:

    At least 25k, and only the champ was correct about Final Jeopardy… called that.
    Where did Gwyneth Paltrow come from?

    • jacob ska says:

      Mathwiz100, congrats on your prediction on the champ’s winnings today. She is on a roll.. Don’t know where Paltrow came from. Weird!

      • Mathwiz100 says:

        Thank you very much.

      • rhonda says:

        Perhaps he got confused and was thinking of Judi Dench in that movie? Didn’t she win a Supporting Oscar for playing Elizabeth I (even though she was barely on screen)?

        • VJ says:

          yup, you’re right, Rhonda. They even had a $400 clue on it in 2013: “Judi played Queen Elizabeth I in a brief but Oscar-winning performance in this film”

          I had a hazy recollection of that Judi Dench Film Festival category so I looked it up on J-Archive. Turns out that game is also linked on the Misspellings post because of FJ

    • VJ says:

      maybe her gowns in “Shakespeare in Love” looked queenly to Will. Maybe he just saw a picture of her in it or he was drinking a Fuzzy Navel when he saw the film. LOL! Just kidding but the recipe does say “the only thing fuzzy will be your vision.”

      That clue and 11 more are posted over here now

  4. VJ says:

    Shoutout to Mathwiz100 – Great prediction on this FJ! Laurie was the only one and she exceeded $25K :):)