7 questions on famous inmates

Quiz on famous prisoners

As US actress Lindsay Lohan begins a 90-day sentence for a probation violation, she follows a long line of famous people put behind bars. From dissident writers to wild-eyed rock stars, public figures have long been getting into trouble with the law. How well do you know your wayward celebrities?


1.) Multiple Choice Question

Lohan's original offence was drink-driving, and she is not the only Hollywood star to commit that offence. How did actor Kiefer Sutherland's sentence compare with Lohan's 90 days?

Lindsay Lohan and Kiefer Sutherland
  1. Longer
  2. Shorter
  3. Same

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Following his own incarceration in a Siberian prison camp, Fyodor Dostoyevsky wrote about conditions there. What was the novel called?

Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  1. The House of the Dead
  2. The Brothers Karamazov
  3. Crime and Punishment

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Exactly 100 years after Dostoyevsky's arrest, and many miles away, a very famous figure was arrested and gave his profession as "former actor". Who?

  1. Robert Mitchum
    Sir Robert Mitchum
  2. Sir John Gielgud
    Sir John Gielgud
  3. Frank Sinatra
    Frank Sinatra

4.) Multiple Choice Question

Who, when arrested aged 21, says that he was told by police: "You won't be seeing sunshine again until you're 36."

  1. Stephen Fry
    Stephen Fry
  2. Johnny Vaughan
    Johnny Vaughan
  3. Boy George
    Boy George

5.) Multiple Choice Question

In 2007 heiress Paris Hilton was locked up for 23 days in the US for violating probation in a drink-driving case. When she was released what did she publicly vow?

Paris Hilton
  1. No more partying
  2. To read the Bible daily
  3. Keep her hair extensions

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Which rapper was the first recording artist to have a number one album in the US while serving a prison sentence?

  1. The Game
    The Game
  2. Lil Wayne
    Lil Wayne
  3. Tupac Shakur
    Tupac Shakur

7.) Multiple Choice Question

While serving a jail sentence for gross indecency, what did Oscar Wilde write?

Oscar Wilde
  1. The Ballad of Reading Gaol
  2. De Profundis
  3. An Ideal Husband


  1. It was shorter, at 48 days. The writers' strike in Hollywood meant filming of 24 was suspended anyway, so there was no clash with his jail term.
  2. It was The House of the Dead. The Russian author was imprisoned in 1849 for membership of a liberal intellectual group.
  3. It was Mitchum, when he was held for smoking a joint in 1949. He spent two months in jail, which he described as "like Palm Springs without the riff-raff". Gielgud's arrest for "cottaging" in 1953 was recently dramatised on stage, while adultery charges against Sinatra were later dismissed.
  4. It was Vaughan, who got a four-year sentence in 1988 for a drugs offence. Fry spent three months on remand for credit card fraud when 17. Boy George's first arrest was for a drugs offence when he was 25.
  5. She vowed that partying would no longer be the "mainstay" of her "superficial" life. Hilton reportedly read the Bible while in prison and was allowed to keep her hair extensions as they were "tightly wound" and so met prison standards.
  6. It's Tupac Shakur, who released Me Against The World while serving time at Clinton Correctional Facility in 1995. Lil Wayne launched a website while behind bars.
  7. While behind bars in Reading in 1897, Wilde wrote De Profundis, which was a 50,000-word letter to his former lover, Lord Alfred Douglas. He wrote The Ballad of Reading Gaol after his release later that year.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Going down

4 - 6 : On parole

7 - 7 : Model prisoner

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