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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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Born:
Dec 18, 1916 In St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
80
First Appeared:
In the movie Happy Days 1929-09-16
Latest Project:
Movie This Is Bob Hope... 2017-12-29
Known For
Poster of Campus Confessions
Poster of School for Romance

Betty Grable Movies Filmography

Movie
This Is Bob Hope...
Herself (archive footage) 2017-12-29
Movie
The Love Goddesses
1965-03-03
Movie
Hollywood My Home Town
1965-12-31
Series
The Hollywood Palace
Unknown 1964-01-04
Movie
Marilyn
1963-04-18
Series
The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour
Unknown 1957-11-06
Series
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show
Unknown 1956-10-05
Movie
How To Be Very, Very Popular
Stormy Tornado 1955-07-22
Movie
Three for the Show
Julie Lowndes 1955-02-24
Series
The Academy Awards
Unknown 1953-03-18
Movie
How to Marry a Millionaire
Loco Dempsey 1953-10-29
Movie
The Farmer Takes a Wife
Molly Larkins 1953-06-12
Movie
Meet Me After the Show
Delilah Lee 1951-08-15
Movie
Call Me Mister
Kay Hudson 1951-02-01
Movie
My Blue Heaven
Kitty Moran 1950-09-15
Movie
The Costume Designer
1950-07-13
Movie
Wabash Avenue
Ruby Summers 1950-03-31
Movie
The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend
Freddie 1949-05-27
Series
The Ed Sullivan Show
Unknown 1948-06-20
Movie
That Lady in Ermine
Francesca / Angelina 1948-08-24
Movie
When My Baby Smiles at Me
Bonny Kane 1948-11-10
Movie
Mother Wore Tights
Mother 1947-08-20
Movie
The Shocking Miss Pilgrim
Cynthia Pilgrim 1947-01-04
Movie
Do You Love Me
Barry's Fan in Taxi (uncredited) 1946-05-17
Movie
The Dolly Sisters
Yansci 'Jenny' Dolly 1945-11-14
Movie
The All-Star Bond Rally
1945-05-10
Movie
Diamond Horseshoe
Bonnie Collins 1945-05-02
Movie
Wing and a Prayer
(archive footage) 1944-01-01
Movie
Four Jills in a Jeep
Betty Grable 1944-03-17
Movie
Pin Up Girl
Lorry Jones 1944-04-25
Movie
Take It or Leave It
Herself 1944-07-17
Movie
Sweet Rosie O'Grady
Madeleine Marlowe/Rosie O'Grady 1943-10-01
Movie
Coney Island
Kate Farley 1943-06-18
Movie
Springtime in the Rockies
Vicky Lane 1942-11-06
Movie
Footlight Serenade
Pat Lambert 1942-08-01
Movie
Song of the Islands
Eileen O'Brien 1942-03-13
Movie
Hedda Hopper's Hollywood No. 2
1941-12-05
Movie
I Wake Up Screaming
Jill Lynn 1941-10-31
Movie
A Yank in the R.A.F.
Carol Brown 1941-09-26
Movie
Moon Over Miami
Kathryn 'Kay' Latimer, also called Miss Adams 1941-07-04
Movie
Tin Pan Alley
Lily Blane 1940-11-29
Movie
Down Argentine Way
Glenda Crawford 1940-10-11
Movie
Man About Town
Susan Hayes 1939-06-29
Movie
The Day the Bookies Wept
Ina Firpo 1939-09-15
Movie
Million Dollar Legs
Carol Parker 1939-07-13
Movie
Campus Confessions
Joyce Gilmore 1938-09-23
Movie
Give Me a Sailor
Nancy Larkin 1938-08-19
Movie
College Swing
Betty 1938-04-29
Movie
Thrill of a Lifetime
Gwen 1937-12-03
Movie
This Way Please
Jane Morrow 1937-10-15
Movie
Collegiate
Dorothy 1936-01-22
Movie
Follow the Fleet
Singer in Trio 1936-02-20
Movie
Sunkist Stars at Palm Springs
1936-08-05
Movie
Pigskin Parade
Laura Watson 1936-10-23
Movie
Don't Turn 'em Loose
Mildred Webster 1936-09-18
Movie
Old Man Rhythm
Sylvia 1935-08-02
Movie
A Night at the Biltmore Bowl
Vocalist 1935-06-21
Movie
The Nitwits
Mary Roberts 1935-06-07
Movie
Elmer Steps Out
1934-02-28
Movie
School for Romance
Student 1934-01-31
Movie
Love Detectives
Alice 1934-02-28
Movie
Student Tour
Cayenne 1934-10-05
Movie
Susie's Affairs
Susie Lee 1934-06-01
Movie
By Your Leave
Frances 1934-11-09
Movie
The Gay Divorcee
Guest 1934-10-12
Movie
The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi
1933-10-25
Movie
What Price Innocence?
Beverly Bennett 1933-06-24
Movie
Melody Cruise
1933-03-22
Movie
Child of Manhattan
Lucy McGonagle 1933-02-11
Movie
Cavalcade
Girl on Couch 1933-02-08
Movie
Probation
Ruth Jarrett 1932-04-01
Movie
The Greeks Had a Word for Them
Hat Check Girl (uncredited) 1932-02-03
Movie
Hold 'Em Jail
Barbara Jones 1932-09-16
Movie
The Age of Consent
Student at Dormitory (uncredited) 1932-08-19
Movie
The Kid from Spain
Goldwyn Girl (uncredited) 1932-11-17
Movie
Palmy Days
Goldwyn Girl (uncredited) 1931-10-03
Movie
Kiki
Goldwyn Girl (uncredited) 1931-03-14
Movie
Whoopee!
Goldwyn Girl (uncredited) 1930-10-05
Movie
New Movietone Follies of 1930
1930-05-04
Movie
Happy Days
Chorus Woman 1929-09-16