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Oscars quiz: Who was the youngest winner of lead actress?

February 24, 2011 | 11:00 am

If Jennifer Lawrence ("Winter's Bone") wins lead actress, she'll claim the Oscar at age 20 years and six months -– that would be the youngest champ ever in that category. Who holds the record now: Joan Fontaine ("Suspicion"), Janet Gaynor ("Seventh Heaven," "Street Angel," "Sunrise"), Audrey Hepburn ("Roman Holiday") or Marlee Matlin ("Children of a Lesser God")? To see the answer, click on the "Continue Reading" link under the photos below.

Oscars best actress quiz

 

ANSWER: Marlee Matlin ("Children of a Lesser God," 1986), who was 21 years and 218 days old when she won.

Janet Gaynor ("7tth Heaven," "Street Angel," "Sunrise," 1927/28) — 22 years, 222 days

Joan Fontaine ("Suspicion," 1941) — 24 years, 127 days

Audrey Hepburn ("Roman Holiday," 1953) — 24 years, 325 days

-- Tom O'Neil

Photos: Audrey Hepburn and Marlee Matlin (Paramount), Joan Fontaine (RKO), Janet Gaynor (AMPAS)

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