While walking through the halls of the National Portrait Gallery you will find countless examples of people in the collection who came from humble beginnings, but through perseverance and determination built very successful lives. For example, did you know that Cary Grant (above) was homeless as an adolescent and performed for circuses before finally making it big as an actor? These sorts of rags-to-riches stories are the foundation of the American Dream.
Come test your knowledge on Thursday, January 26, at 6:30 p.m., when the National Portrait Gallery will be hosting our collections-inspired trivia game, Pop Quiz, in the Kogod Courtyard. This month’s theme, “From Rags to Riches,” is centered on our collection of portraits featuring American icons who have overcome adversity and have gone on to have find success as artists, athletes, musicians, authors, and entrepreneurs.
Here is a sneak peek look at the 10-point bonus question for this month’s Pop Quiz:
LeBron James was born to a single mother in Akron, Ohio. For much of his childhood, James’s family struggled financially and was forced to move frequently. James received international fame playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers and has won several of basketball’s highest honors, such as being named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player in both the 2008 and 2009 seasons.
Before James played a single NBA game, he famously signed a deal with Nike for how much?
A) $35 million
B) $67 million
C) $75 million
D) More than $90 million
Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase in the Courtyard Café.
Pop Quiz trivia is played once a month in the Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard in the National Portrait Gallery. The next Pop Quiz is “Road Trip USA” on Wednesday, February 22, at 6:30 p.m. DJ Micah Vellian begins to play tunes at 5:00 p.m.
—Claire Lucas, Public Programs Intern, National Portrait Gallery
Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock, Claude Rains / Morini / Print, c. 1950 / Color photolithographic poster with halftone / National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
LeBron James / Michael O'Brien / Gelatin silver print, 2002 / National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Bill and Sally Wittliff, © Michael O'Brien