Betty Grable

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Betty Grable

Grable's famous pin-up poster
Born Elizabeth Ruth Grable
December 18, 1916(1916-12-18)
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Died July 2, 1973(1973-07-02) (aged 56)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Cause of death Lung cancer
Resting place Inglewood Park Cemetery, California, US
Nationality American
Other names Frances Dean
Ethnicity White
Occupation Actress, dancer, singer
Years active 1929-1956
Spouse Jackie Coogan (m. 1937–1939) «start: (1937)–end+1: (1940)»"Marriage: Jackie Coogan to Betty Grable" Location: (linkback://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betty_Grable) (divorced)
Harry James (m. 1943–1965) «start: (1943)–end+1: (1966)»"Marriage: Harry James to Betty Grable" Location: (linkback://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betty_Grable) (divorced)
Partner Bob Remick (?-1973, her death)
Children 2 daughters
Parents John Grable
Lillian (née Hoffmann)

Betty Grable (18 December 1916– 2 July 1973) was born Elizabeth Ruth Grable in St. Louis, Missouri. She was an American actress, dancer, singer, and model, famous for her sexy, perfect legs. She insured her legs for $1,000,000.

Her swimsuit photo made her the number 1 pin-up girl during World War II. Her photo later appeared in LIFE magazine's "100 Photos that Changed the World".[1][2]

She was awarded a star (a metal award plaque set in sidewalk cement) on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame. She died of lung cancer in Santa Monica, California at age 56.[1]

Films[change | edit source]

She appeared in many movies:

  • (year) title
  • (1929) Happy Days
  • (1930) Let's Go Places
  • (1930) New Movietone Follies of 1930
  • (1930) Whoopee!
  • (1931) Kiki
  • (1931) Palmy Days
  • (1932) The Greeks Had a Word for Them
  • (1932) Probation
  • (1932) The Age of Consent
  • (1932) Hold 'Em Jail
  • (1932) The Kid from Spain
  • (1933) Cavalcade
  • (1933) Child of Manhattan
  • (1933) Melody Cruise
  • (1933) What Price Innocence?
  • (1933) The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi
  • (1934) The Gay Divorcee
  • (1934) Student Tour
  • (1934) By Your Leave
  • (1935) The Nitwits
  • (1935) Old Man Rhythm
  • (1936) Collegiate
  • (1936) Follow the Fleet
  • (1936) Don't Turn 'em Loose
  • (1936) Pigskin Parade
  • (1937) This Way Please
  • (1937) Thrill of a Lifetime
  • (1938) College Swing
  • (1938) Give Me a Sailor
  • (1938) Campus Confessions
  • (1939) Man About Town
  • (1939) Million Dollar Legs
  • (1939) The Day the Bookies Wept
  • (1940) Down Argentine Way
  • (1940) Tin Pan Alley
  • (1941) Moon Over Miami
  • (1941) A Yank in the RAF
  • (1941) I Wake Up Screaming
  • (1942) Song of the Islands
  • (1942) Footlight Serenade
  • (1942) Springtime in the Rockies
  • (1943) Coney Island
  • (1943) Sweet Rosie O'Grady
  • (1944) Four Jills in a Jeep
  • (1944) Pin Up Girl
  • (1945) Diamond Horseshoe
  • (1945) The Dolly Sisters
  • (1946) Do You Love Me
  • (1947) The Shocking Miss Pilgrim
  • (1947) Mother Wore Tights
  • (1948) That Lady in Ermine
  • (1948) When My Baby Smiles at Me
  • (1949) The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend
  • (1950) Wabash Avenue
  • (1950) My Blue Heaven
  • (1951) Call Me Mister
  • (1951) Meet Me After the Show
  • (1953) The Farmer Takes a Wife
  • (1953) How to Marry a Millionaire
  • (1955) Three for the Show
  • (1955) How to Be Very, Very Popular

References[change | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "The Girl with the Million Dollar Legs". A Betty Grable Biography. Betty Grable Inc.. 2008. http://bettygrable.net/bio.
  2. "Frank Powolny". Obituaries. AP (Valencia). 1986-01-11. http://www.nytimes.com/1986/01/11/obituaries/frank-powolny.html. "(Powolny) was best known for the pin-up of Miss Grable that many G.I.'s carried during World War II. The photo showed the actress in swimsuit and pumps, peeking coyly over her shoulder."

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