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Betty Grable

Elizabeth Ruth Grable was born on December 18, 1916 in St. Louis, Missouri. Her mother Lillian was a stubborn and materialistic woman who was determined to make her daughter a star. Elizabeth, who later became Betty, was enrolled in Clark's Dancing School at the age of three. With her mother's guidance, Betty studied ballet and tap dancing. At age 13, Betty and her mother set out for Hollywood with the hopes of stardom. Lillian lied about her daughter's age, and Ruth landed several minor parts in films in 1930, such as Whoopee! (1930), New Movietone Follies of 1930 (1930), Happy Days (1929) and Let's Go Places (1930). In 1932, she signed with RKO Radio Pictures. The bit parts continued for the next three years. Betty finally landed a substantial part in By Your Leave (1934). One of her big roles was in College Swing (1938). Unfortunately, the public did not seem to take notice. She was beginning to think she was a failure. The next year, she married former child star Jackie Coogan. His success boosted hers, but they divorced in 1940. When she landed the role of Glenda Crawford in Down Argentine Way (1940), the public finally took notice of this shining bright star. Stardom came through comedies such as Coney Island (1943) and Sweet Rosie O'Grady (1943). The public was enchanted with Betty. Her famous pin-up pose during World War II adorned barracks all around the world. With that pin-up and as the star of lavish musicals, Betty became the highest-paid star in Hollywood. After the war, her star continued to rise. In 1947, the United States Treasury Department noted that she was the highest paid star in America, earning about $300,000 a year - a phenomenal sum even by today's standards. Later, 20th Century-Fox, who had her under contract, insured her legs with Lloyds of London for a million dollars. Betty continued to be popular until the mid-1950s, when musicals went into a decline. Her last film was How to Be Very, Very Popular (1955). She then concentrated on Broadway and nightclubs. In 1965, she divorced band leader Harry James, whom she had wed in 1943. Betty Grable died at age 56 of lung cancer on July 2, 1973 in Santa Monica, California. Her life was an active one, devoid of the scandals that plagued many stars in one way or another. In reality, she cared for her family and the family life more than stardom. In that way, she was a true star. Date of Death 2 July 1973, Santa Monica, California  (lung cancer)   Interred at Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood, California

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Dec 18, 1916 в St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Кино / ТВ Кредиты:
Впервые появился:
на movie Happy Days 1929-09-16
Последний проект:
Кино The Love Goddesses 1965-03-03
Известный в фильмах
Poster of The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend
Poster of That Lady in Ermine
Poster of Student Tour
Poster of Probation
Кино The Love Goddesses Herself (archive footage) 1965-03-03
Series The Hollywood Palace Unknown 1964-01-04
Series The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour Unknown 1957-11-06
Series Шоу Дины Шор Unknown 1956-10-05
Кино Three for the Show Julie Lowndes 1955-02-24
Кино How To Be Very, Very Popular Stormy Tornado 1955-07-22
Series Star Stage Cleopatra Collins 1955-09-09
Series Церемония вручения премии «Оскар» Unknown 1953-03-18
Кино Как выйти замуж за миллионера Loco Dempsey 1953-10-29
Кино The Farmer Takes a Wife Molly Larkins 1953-06-12
Кино Call Me Mister Kay Hudson 1951-02-01
Кино Meet Me After the Show Delilah Lee 1951-08-15
Кино Wabash Avenue Ruby Summers 1950-03-31
Кино My Blue Heaven Kitty Moran 1950-09-15
Кино The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend Freddie 1949-05-27
Series Шоу Эда Салливана Unknown 1948-06-20
Кино When My Baby Smiles At Me Bonny Kane 1948-11-10
Кино That Lady in Ermine Francesca / Angelina 1948-08-24
Кино The Shocking Miss Pilgrim Cynthia Pilgrim 1947-01-04
Кино Mother Wore Tights Mother 1947-08-20
Кино Do You Love Me Barry's Fan in Taxi (uncredited) 1946-05-17
Кино The Dolly Sisters Yansci 'Jenny' Dolly 1945-11-14
Кино Diamond Horseshoe Bonnie Collins 1945-05-02
Кино Four Jills in a Jeep Betty Grable 1944-03-17
Кино Pin Up Girl Lorry Jones 1944-04-25
Кино Sweet Rosie O'Grady Madeleine Marlowe/Rosie O'Grady 1943-10-01
Кино Coney Island Kate Farley 1943-06-18
Кино Song of the Islands Eileen O'Brien 1942-03-13
Кино Springtime in the Rockies Vicky Lane 1942-11-06
Кино Footlight Serenade Pat Lambert 1942-08-01
Кино Moon Over Miami Kathryn 'Kay' Latimer, also called Miss Adams 1941-07-04
Кино A Yank in the R.A.F. Carol Brown 1941-09-26
Кино Ночной кошмар Jill Lynn 1941-10-31
Кино Down Argentine Way Glenda Crawford 1940-10-11
Кино Tin Pan Alley Lily Blane 1940-11-29
Кино Man About Town Susan Hayes 1939-07-07
Кино The Day the Bookies Wept Ina Firpo 1939-09-15
Кино College Swing Betty 1938-04-29
Кино Give Me a Sailor Nancy Larkin 1938-08-19
Кино This Way Please Jane Morrow 1937-10-15
Кино Thrill of a Lifetime Gwen 1937-12-03
Кино Follow the Fleet Singer in Trio 1936-02-20
Кино Don't Turn 'em Loose Mildred Webster 1936-09-18
Кино Pigskin Parade Laura Watson 1936-10-23
Кино The Nitwits Mary Roberts 1935-06-07
Кино A Quiet Fourth 1935-08-08
Кино Old Man Rhythm Sylvia 1935-08-02
Кино Love Detectives Alice 1934-02-28
Кино Student Tour Cayenne 1934-10-05
Кино By Your Leave Frances 1934-11-09
Кино The Gay Divorcee Dance Specialty 1934-10-12
Кино Child of Manhattan Lucy McGonagle 1933-01-01
Кино Кавалькада Girl on Couch 1933-02-08
Кино What Price Innocence? Beverly Bennett 1933-06-24
Кино Probation Ruth Jarrett 1932-04-01
Кино The Greeks Had a Word for Them Hat Check Girl (uncredited) 1932-02-03
Кино Hold 'Em Jail Barbara Jones 1932-09-16
Кино Over the Counter Customer Who Wants to Buy a Baby (uncredited) 1932-10-15
Кино The Kid from Spain Goldwyn Girl (uncredited) 1932-11-17
Кино Kiki Goldwyn Girl (uncredited) 1931-03-14
Кино Palmy Days Goldwyn Girl (uncredited) 1931-10-03
Кино Whoopee! Goldwyn Girl (uncredited) 1930-10-05
Кино Happy Days Chorus Woman 1929-09-16