Ages of oscar-winning best actors and actresses

Listed below are the ages of actressesand actors at the times that they won Oscars for the categories of Best Actress and Best Actor. The ages are listed in chronological order by row, so that corresponding locations in the two tables are from the same year. (Notes: In 1968 there was a tie in the Best Actress category, and the mean of the two ages is used; in 1932 there was a tie in the Best Actor category, and the mean of the two ages is used. These data are suggested by the article “Ages of Oscar-winning Best Actors and Actresses,” by Richard Brown and Gretchen Davis, Mathematics Teacher magazine. In that article, the year of birth of the award winner was subtracted from the year of the awards ceremony, but the ages in the tables below are based on the birth date of the winner and the date of the awards ceremony.)

Analyzing the Results

1. First explore the data using suitable statistics and graphs. Use the results to make informal comparisons.

2. Determine whether there are significant differences between the ages of the Best Actresses and the ages of the Best Actors. Use appropriate hypothesis tests. Describe the methods used and the conclusions reached.

3. Discuss cultural implications of theresults. Does it appear that actresses and actors are judged strictly on the basis of their artistic abilities? Or does there appear to be discrimination based on age, with the Best Actresses tending to be younger than the Best Actors? Are there any other notable differences?

Best Actresses

22

37

28

63

32

26

31

27

27

28

30

26

29

24

38

25

29

41

30

35

35

33

29

38

54

24

25

46

41

28

40

39

29

27

31

38

29

25

35

60

43

35

34

34

27

37

42

41

36

32

41

33

31

74

33

50

38

61

21

41

26

80

42

29

33

35

45

49

39

34

26

25

33

35

35

28

30

29

61

 

Best Actors

44

41

62

52

41

34

34

52

41

37

38

34

32

40

43

56

41

39

49

57

41

38

42

52

51

35

30

39

41

44

49

35

47

31

47

37

57

42

45

42

44

62

43

42

48

49

56

38

60

30

40

42

36

76

39

53

45

36

62

43

51

32

42

54

52

37

38

32

45

60

46

40

36

47

29

43

37

38

45

 

 

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