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Stephanie Girardi, a resident from Wilmette, Illinois, appeared on the primetime WWTBAM show from February 15-17, 2000, and not only was the first woman on the American WWTBAM to win $500,000, but also the 4th person to do so on the American version. Here is how Stephanie did.

Fastest Finger First Edit

Fastest Finger First
Put the following architects in order according to the year of their births, starting with the earliest.
• A: Inigo Jones • B: I.M. Pei
• C: Gustave Eiffel • D: Leon Battista Alberti

From the 9 contestants, only Stephanie got the right order, D-A-B-C, with a time of 8.07 seconds, making it into the Hot Seat.

Stephanie's Run to the Million Edit

$100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
According to the popular expression, where should you never look a gift horse?
• A: In its eyes • B: In its mouth
• C: In the rear • D: Under the hoofs


$200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
If you've "lost your shirt" playing poker, which of the following best describes your situation?
• A: Fearless • B: Penniless
• C: Topless • D: Speechless


$300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
What number button is directly below the "4" on most standard, U.S. push-button, telephones?
• A: 8 • B: 0
• C: 7 • D: 3


$500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
What is the English translation of the traditional French-language song title "Frere Jacques?"
• A: Son of Joseph • B: Father Jim
• C: Sister Jane • D: Brother John


$1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
What term is used to describe a group of whales?
• A: Pod • B: Troop
• C: Reef • D: Pack


$2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
What Chinese game of tiles became a U.S. craze in the '20s?
• A: Yahtzee • B: Mah-jongg
• C: Pachinko • D: Euchre


$4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
What was the name of the first manned vehicle to touch down on the Moon?
• A: Falcon • B: Voyager
• C: Eagle • D: Columbia


$8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
Which U.S. State was named for Britiain's Queen Elizabeth I?
• A: Maryland • B: Louisiana
• C: Georgia • D: Virginia


$16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
In what city does the first series of MTV's "The Real World" take place?
'Ask the Audience' lifeline used
• A: Los Angeles - 19% • B: New York - 61%
• C: Boston - 3% • D: San Francisco - 17%


$32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
Who wrote the lyrics to "The Battle Hymn of the Republic?"
• A: Francis Scott Key • B: Stephen Foster
• C: Harriet Beecher Stowe • D: Julia Ward Howe


$64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following people invented the disposable blade razor?
'50:50' lifeline used
• A: Jacob Schick • B: Baron Marcel Bich
• C: King Camp Gillette • D: James Wilkinson


$125,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
What artist gained fame for his series of paintings of California swimming pools?
'Phone a Friend' lifeline used
• A: David Hockney • B: Chuck Close
• C: Jasper Johns • D: Andy Warhol
Unsure of the answer, Stephanie used her Phone-a-Friend lifeline to call one of her 5 options, Eugene. He said the answer was A: James Hockney and that he was obnoxiously certain. That brought Stephanie $125,000.


$250,000 (13 of 15) - Not Timed
What famous musical frontman attended the London School of Economics?
• A: David Bowie • B: Paul McCartney
• C: Mick Jagger • D: Rod Stewart


$500,000 (14 of 15) - Not Timed
What is the more well-known name of the island called Rapa Nui?
• A: Tahiti • B: Easter Island
• C: Papua New Guinea • D: Tasmania


$1,000,000 (15 of 15) - Not Timed
What Shakespeare character says, "Something is rotten in the state of Denmark?"
• A: Hamlet • B: Marcellus
• C: Horatio • D: Laertes
Ruling out A and B, Stephanie admitted the quote was from "Hamlet". Still, however, she didn't want to risk anything, so she walked with the half a million. Her free guess was D: Laertes, but if Stephanie did play the question, she would've dropped back to $32,000 because the answer was B: Marcellus.

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