Stephanie Girardi, an out-of-print book seller from Wilmette, Illinois, was a contestant on season 1 of the U.S. version of the show on February 15 & 17, 2000. She became the first woman to ever answer correctly the $500,000 in WWTBAM history, and got the chance to answer the $1 Million question, but decided to not answer it, walking away with half a million dollars.


Fastest Finger Question Edit

Fastest Finger Question
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
She was the only one who answered it correctly in the following order: D-A-C-B in a time of 8.07 seconds.

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: Penniless • B: Fearless
• C: Topless • D: Speechless
The klaxon called time and Stephanie would return on $200 with all 3 lifelines.
$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 Britain'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 • B: New York
• C: Boston • D: San Francisco
Ask the Audience Results: A: 19% • B: 61% • C: 3% • D: 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
She phoned a friend of hers, Eugene, who was certain the answer was A: David Hockney.
$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: Papua New Guinea
• C: Easter Island • D: Tasmania
She became the first woman to reach the top prize question in any version of WWTBAM.
$1 Million (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
She narrows the answers to C or D, but she is not sure. Without any lifeline aid, she walks away with $500,000. The correct answer was: B. Marcellus.

Sources Edit

Preceded by
Michael Avitzur
U.S. Contestant (Season 1)
Stephanie Girardi
Succeeded by
Andrew Lohmann