Jewish trivia: October celebrity birthday quiz

October Jewish birthday quiz

for The Brooklyn Paper
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Don’t let our mysterious trivia questions make you go postal. Get the 411 on October’s celebrity Jews by clicking through this slide show!
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Alicia Silverstone, who starred in a string of Aerosmith vides in the 1990s, starred in “Clueless,” and is now a devout vegan who runs the blog called “The Kind Life.” Her pen pal is Vladimir Putin and she turns turn 37 on Oct. 4.
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Jesse Eisenberg, who starred in the movies “Zombieland,” and “The Social Network,” was raised in a performing family. His sister starred a string of popular Pepsi commericals in the ’90s and his mother was a clown. He will turn 30 on Oct. 5.
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Sacha Baron Cohen, who developed his trademark characters Borat and Bruno with help of master clown Philippe Gaulier in Paris, started his career in entertainment as a model. He will turn 42 on Oct. 13.
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Actor, Zac Efron, will turn 26 on Oct. 18.
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Winona Ryder, who was named after the city in Minnesota, took her stage name from Mitch Ryder, a soul and rock singer her father was listening to when she was asked how she wanted her name to spear in the credits of a movie. She will turn 41 on Oct. 29.
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Rob Schneider is a quarter Filipino. His mother has had small roles in a few of his films including a cheerleading contest judge in “The Hot Chick,” a restaurant patron in “Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo,” and a nosy neighbor in “The Animal.” He will turn 50 on Oct. 31.

The beginning of October is piled, like a huge heap of fall leaves, with happy happenings — Okertoberfest, Get Organized Week, and Name Your Cat Day (Steve!). And here at the Bar & Bat Mitzvah Guide, it means one very special thing: Jewish celebrity birthday quiz time! This crisp autumn month boasts the births of a few fabulous Semitic celebrities such as a man who starred in movies about two big pop cultural trends, a guy who loved high school so much, he sang about it, and a woman who made Aerosmith cool in the ’90s.

To figure out which Jewish, cat-name-worthy celebs we’re cryptically alluding to, read our quiz questions below and then flip through the slide show above for the answers because we’re not going to just give them to you. Pssh. As if!

1) This “kind” and “crush”-worthy actress is a devout vegan. So much so, that when the Russian band Pussy Riot was awaiting trial, she did something a little “crazy.” She wrote a letter to Vladimir Putin asking that vegan meals be made available to all Russian prisoners. Who is she?

2) This actor’s mother worked as a clown at children’s parties. His sister was also once known as the “Pepsi Girl.” Who is he?

3) This funny Jew, who studied under master-clown Philippe Gaulier at the Ecole Philippe Gaulier, started his career in entertainment as a fashion model. Who is he?

4) This actress was named after a city in Minnesota. For her stage name, she kept her first name but decided to change her last name on a whim, which was inspired by a singer her father happened to be listening to when her agent called and asked how she wanted to appear on the credits of her first film. Who is she?

5) This Jewish SNL-alum is a quarter Filipino. His mother, who is half-Filipina, makes cameos in many of his movies. Who is he?

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