Northwest Quiz: Leading Ladies

Many of the most accomplished women in our nation are closely tied to the northern Illinois region. See if you can match each remarkable woman with her description.

Welcome to your Leading Ladies

Question 1She played Cora Crawley in the TV series “Downton Abbey” and was born to educator parents in Evanston.
Question 2This NASA astronaut flew five missions into space between 1993 and 2000 and spent much of her childhood in Rockford.
Question 3This Chicago native is best known for her TV roles in “One Day at a Time,” “Jane the Virgin,” “Six Feet Under” and “Queen of the South.”
Question 4Born in 1940 in Chicago, this pop culture icon is still associated with a fur bikini she wore in a 1966 film.
Question 5A new “Perry Mason” TV series debuted this summer, but this Rockford-reared beauty starred in the original TV series opposite Raymond Burr.
Question 6She was born in Chicago and became a U.S. National Figure Skating Champion and Olympic Bronze Medal winner in 1972. She practiced at the now-gone Wagon Wheel ice rink in Rockton.
Question 7This little girl grew up in a middle-class family in Park Ridge to become a U.S. Senator, Secretary of State, First Lady and Democratic presidential nominee.
Question 8She was born and raised in Chicago and earned an Oscar, Golden Globe, SAG and two Grammy Awards. You might remember her from Season 3 of “American Idol” and the film “Dreamgirls.”
Question 9This now-retired CEO of the Archer Daniels Midland Co. doubled the revenue of her company and moved its global headquarters to Chicago in 2013.
Question 10This comedian grew up in Oak Park and trained at Second City before she joined the cast of “Saturday Night Live” in 2012, where she still works today.
Question 11In 2005, she qualified to race in the Indianapolis 500 and achieved the best finish of any woman in the history of that race. She grew up in Rockton.
Question 12This little girl was born in Freeport, in 1964 and didn’t get her big break as an actress until 1997, when she played the lead role in TV hit “Ally McBeal.” Since 2010, she’s been married to another Illinois native – actor Harrison Ford, born in Chicago.
Question 13At age 16, she was detasseling corn near her home in DeKalb when a photographer snapped a photo that launched her career as a 1990s supermodel. A 4.0 student, she founded a successful business enterprise she manages today.
Question 14She attended St. Ignatius College Prep on the Near West Side of Chicago before winning a Best Actress Golden Globe Award for the TV series “Jane the Virgin.”
Question 15You’ll recognize this Rochelle,-born actress, nominated three times for an Oscar, from the Jason Bourne film series as well as films “The Notebook,” “Nixon,” “Pleasantville,” “The Contender” and “The Upside of Anger.” Her parents owned a gas station in Rochelle while she was growing up.