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Subject: True. That's actually a good trivia question! It was disgraced lawyer Vivienne Nearing, who was later disbarred for six months in 1962 after pleading guilty. She later resumed her career, dying about a dozen years ago at 81. ...

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Date Posted: Thursday, April 11, 10:02:25am
In reply to: DialMForMovies 's message, "When told that his run as Twenty-One champion was to end, Van Doren had to pretend not to know who the King of Belgium was. Lawyer Vivienne Nearing 'won'." on Thursday, April 11, 03:06:12am

Vivienne Nearing, 81, Lawyer Convicted in Quiz Show Scandal, Dies. …
JULY 15, 2007

Vivienne Nearing, a lawyer who was one of the contestants embroiled in the quiz-show scandal of the late 1950s, died on July 4 in East Hampton, N.Y. She was 81 and divided her time between East Hampton and New York City.

The cause was adrenal cancer, said Sara M. Kiemback, a close friend.

Ms. Nearing made headlines in 1957 when she dethroned Charles Van Doren as champion on “Twenty-One,” the popular quiz show on NBC. She won $5,500 in four appearances before she was defeated.

The glory of the victory came to an end and the headlines turned sour in 1960 when 14 contestants, including Ms. Nearing, were charged with second-degree perjury after falsely telling a grand jury that they had not been fed answers. She told the truth in a second grand jury statement, but was convicted of perjury.

...Ms. Nearing was a lawyer for Warner Brothers at the time. She was disbarred for six months in 1962 after pleading guilty the year before to misdemeanor perjury. She eventually moved on to work at the New York-based law firm Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, where she became a senior partner and worked until her death.

Friends and family members said Ms. Nearing did not talk much about the scandal. If people broached the subject, she would change it, Ms. Kiemback said. She refused to be involved in the making of “Quiz Show,” a 1994 movie about the scandal, and gave up her dream of being a judge for fear of reviving the past.

Vivienne Wax Nearing was born in New York City on Feb. 3, 1926. She received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Queens College and master’s and law degrees from Columbia University.

She was a feminist at a time when newspaper articles about her quiz-show success included information about her cooking habits and referred to her as “attractive” and a “young blonde.”

In a 1957 interview in The New York Times about her performance on the quiz show, she said: “Being a woman, I’m naturally curious. As a woman, I can’t investigate, so I read.”

Ms. Nearing is survived by her sister, Miriam Ehrenberg of New York City.

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ABC News had a good story about Van Doren last night. To its shame, NBC News didn't even report his death (NT)They did have a story about the upcoming season of "Game of Thrones", thoughThursday, April 11, 11:41:27am

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