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Betty Grable

Betty Grable (1916–1973) was an American actress. Grable was enrolled in Clark's Dancing School at the age of three. At age 13, Grable and her mother set out for Hollywood with the hopes of stardom. There she landed several minor parts in films such as Whoopee!, New Movietone Follies of 1930, Happy Days and Let's Go Places. In 1932, she signed with RKO Radio Pictures. The bit parts continued for the next three years until Grable was cast in By Your Leave. One of her big roles was in College Swing.. When she landed the role of Glenda Crawford in Down Argentine Way, the public finally took notice of her. Stardom came through comedies such as Coney Island and Sweet Rosie O'Grady. 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 in 1947. Later her studio 20th Century-Fox insured her legs 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. She then concentrated on Broadway and nightclubs. She was married to actor Jackie Coogan (1937–1939) and musician Harry James (1943–1965). Betty Grable died at age 56 of lung cancer on July 2, 1973.

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Dec 18, 1916 In St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Jackie Coogan: The First Child Star
Latest Project:
Movie This Is Bob Hope... 2017-12-29
Known For
Poster of The Carol Burnett Show
Poster of What's My Line?
Poster of The Ed Sullivan Show
Poster of Drawing Rumors
Movie Jackie Coogan: The First Child Star (archive footage) 2022
Movie This Is Bob Hope... Herself (archive footage) 2017-12-29
Series The Carol Burnett Show Unknown 1967-09-11
Movie The Love Goddesses (archive footage) 1965-03-03
Movie Hollywood My Home Town 1965-12-31
Series The Hollywood Palace Unknown 1964-01-04
Movie Marilyn Unknown 1963-04-18
Series The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour Unknown 1957-11-06
Series The Dinah Shore Chevy Show Unknown 1956-10-05
Series Star Stage Cleopatra Collins 1955-09-09
Movie Three for the Show Julie Lowndes 1955-02-24
Movie How To Be Very, Very Popular Stormy Tornado 1955-07-22
Series The Oscars Unknown 1953-03-18
Movie The Farmer Takes a Wife Molly Larkins 1953-06-12
Movie How to Marry a Millionaire Loco Dempsey 1953-10-29
Movie Meet Me After the Show Delilah Lee 1951-08-15
Movie Call Me Mister Kay Hudson 1951-02-01
Movie Wabash Avenue Ruby Summers 1950-03-31
Series What's My Line? Self - Mystery Guest 1950-02-02
Movie My Blue Heaven Kitty Moran 1950-09-15
Movie The Costume Designer Unknown 1950-07-13
Movie The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend Freddie 1949-05-27
Series The Ed Sullivan Show Unknown 1948-06-20
Movie When My Baby Smiles at Me Bonny Kane 1948-11-10
Movie That Lady in Ermine Francesca / Angelina 1948-08-24
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 Diamond Horseshoe Bonnie Collins 1945-05-02
Movie The All-Star Bond Rally Unknown 1945-05-10
Movie The Dolly Sisters Yansci 'Jenny' Dolly 1945-11-14
Movie Wing and a Prayer (archive footage) 1944-01-01
Movie Pin Up Girl Lorry Jones 1944-04-25
Movie Take It or Leave It Herself 1944-07-17
Movie Four Jills in a Jeep Betty Grable 1944-03-17
Movie Coney Island Kate Farley 1943-06-18
Movie Sweet Rosie O'Grady Madeleine Marlowe/Rosie O'Grady 1943-10-01
Movie Song of the Islands Eileen O'Brien 1942-03-13
Movie Footlight Serenade Pat Lambert 1942-08-01
Movie Springtime in the Rockies Vicky Lane 1942-11-06
Movie Moon Over Miami Kathryn 'Kay' Latimer, also called Miss Adams 1941-07-04
Movie A Yank in the R.A.F. Carol Brown 1941-09-26
Movie I Wake Up Screaming Jill Lynn 1941-10-31
Movie Hedda Hopper's Hollywood No. 2 Unknown 1941-12-05
Movie Down Argentine Way Glenda Crawford 1940-10-11
Movie Tin Pan Alley Lily Blane 1940-11-29
Movie The Day the Bookies Wept Ina Firpo 1939-09-15
Movie Man About Town Susan Hayes 1939-06-29
Movie Million Dollar Legs Carol Parker 1939-07-13
Movie College Swing Betty 1938-04-29
Movie Give Me a Sailor Nancy Larkin 1938-08-19
Movie Campus Confessions Joyce Gilmore 1938-09-23
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 This Band Age Betty - Band Singer 1935-01-25
Movie The Nitwits Mary Roberts 1935-06-07
Movie The Spirit of 1976 Unknown 1935-02-15
Movie A Night at the Biltmore Bowl Vocalist 1935-06-21
Movie Drawing Rumors Unknown 1935-07-12
Movie Old Man Rhythm Sylvia 1935-08-02
Movie A Quiet Fourth Unknown 1935-08-08
Movie Love Detectives Alice 1934-02-28
Movie Elmer Steps Out Unknown 1934-02-28
Movie School for Romance Student 1934-01-31
Movie Business Is a Pleasure Unknown 1934-03-17
Movie Susie's Affairs Susie Lee 1934-06-01
Movie Ferry-Go-Round Betty 1934-11-23
Movie Student Tour Cayenne 1934-10-05
Movie By Your Leave Frances 1934-11-09
Movie The Gay Divorcee Dance Specialty "Knock Knees" 1934-10-12
Movie Cavalcade Girl on Couch 1933-02-08
Movie Child of Manhattan Lucy McGonagle 1933-02-11
Movie Air Tonic Betty Grable - Band Singer 1933-12-22
Movie Melody Cruise Unknown 1933-06-22
Movie The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi Band Singer with Ted Fio Rito 1933-10-25
Movie What Price Innocence? Beverly Bennett 1933-06-24
Movie The Flirty Sleepwalker Blonde Girl 1932-03-27
Movie Hollywood Luck Unknown 1932-03-13
Movie The Greeks Had a Word for Them Hat Check Girl (uncredited) 1932-02-03
Movie Probation Ruth Jarrett 1932-04-01
Movie Lady! Please! Undetermined Minor Role (unconfirmed) 1932-02-28
Movie Hollywood Lights Unknown 1932-05-08
Movie The Kid from Spain Goldwyn Girl (uncredited) 1932-11-17
Movie Over the Counter Customer Who Wants to Buy a Baby (uncredited) 1932-10-15
Movie The Age of Consent Student at Dormitory (uncredited) 1932-08-19
Movie Hold 'Em Jail Barbara Jones 1932-09-16
Movie Crashing Hollywood Unknown 1931-04-05
Movie Kiki Goldwyn Girl (uncredited) 1931-03-14
Movie Ex-Sweeties Undetermined Minor Role 1931-04-12
Movie Once a Hero Unknown 1931-11-22
Movie Palmy Days Goldwyn Girl (uncredited) 1931-10-03
Movie New Movietone Follies of 1930 Unknown 1930-05-04
Movie Whoopee! Goldwyn Girl (uncredited) 1930-10-05
Movie Happy Days Chorus Woman 1929-09-16