Pin Up Queens Part 5: Betty Grable

Betty Grable as Elisabeth Ruth Grable was born on December 18, 1918, in St. Louis, Missouri and died on July 2, 1973 in Santa Monica, California. The perky blonde was a well known American actress, a very popular singer, dancer and the most famous pin up girl of the 50s. Today we want to introduce something the woman with the “million dollar legs”, you.

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The Beginning Of Their Great Careers

Elisabeth Ruth Grable was in St. Louis, Missouri the daughter of John Conn Grable and Lillian Rose Hofmann born. She was the youngest of three children of the couple. Most of their ancestors were American, but her distant relatives came from Ireland, Germany, England and Denmark. In 1929, the career as an actress by the only 12 years young Betty Grable. “Happy days” in 1929 was the first film in which starred the young Betty as a chorus girl. Her mother made sure that Betty got minor roles and dyed the hair fantal her small daughter and determinants they already at a young age. Betty Grable was one of the so-called “Goldwyn girls” and appeared in the background as an extra in the Eddie Cantor films. Mid of 30s joined paramount pictures the young actress and married the former child star Jackie Coogan. By the time the pretty blonde got slightly better roles, but mainly she was engaged in her acting work for pure supporting roles.

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Betty Gables Film Fame At 20th Century Fox

Only after 1940 the achieved her big breakthrough, when she moved to 20th Century Fox. In 1939 Betty Grable landed a role in the Broadway musical because “DuBarry what A Lady”, which made them well known and thus was discovered by the famous film studio 20th Century Fox. Her first film “Gallop into happiness” for the 20th Century Fox movie studio established the blonde as a star. This film was an elaborately produced Technicolor film and attracted massive people in the cinemas. Her first Hollywood movies was “Down Argentine way” in the year 1940, where it replaced the actress Alice Faye. Betty Grable was the biggest movie star of the 20th Century Fox Studios across the whole decade. The so-called Technicolor musicals were made famous by the popular actress. Her male co-stars were among others Victor Mature, Don Amrche, John Payne, and Tyrone power.From 1942 to 1951, Betty Grable was continuously in the top 10 of the cash register’s most movie stars of the country. In 1943, the beautiful actress was the absolute blockbuster in theaters worldwide and was the highest paid actress of the United States with an estimated annual income of approximately 300 000 US dollars in 1947.

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Usually you put the pretty actress in comedies. In 1942, Betty Grable showed a surprising, dramatic talent in the early Film Noir “I wake up screaming”, in which she played a major role in addition to actor Victor Mature. Two of her biggest film successes were “Mother wore tights” built in 1947 and the famous comedy “How to Marry a Millionaire” of 1953, which was one of her last films. In the 1950s, the pretty blonde had to contend not only with her weight, but also with the new star of the studios, Marilyn Monroe. Both can be seen in the movie “How to marry is a millionaire”, by the way. In 1955, after her 20th Century Fox contract expired, the beautiful blonde from the big cinema screen disappeared. You could see Betty Grable nevertheless still frequently in television and on stage in minor roles. Later, she began a successful career as a nightclub singer. At her popular appearances, Betty Grable sang often at the side of her last husband and bandleader Harry James, whom she married in 1943. The couple had two daughters named Victoria and Jessica. The marriage was divorced after 22 years in 1965.Then Betty Grable was until her death with the dancer Bob Remick.

From Movie Star To The Most Famous 50s Pin Up Girl

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In the course of her great career, the beautiful blonde was named due to their perfect legs to the “woman with the most beautiful legs in Hollywood”. The 20th Century Fox Film Studio had assure her legs with a million dollars, so Betty Grable in addition to “the pin up girl” also nicknamed “the girls with the million dollar legs” wore. Photos put Betty Grable her legs most skilfully. A recording of the ambitious Studio photographer Fran pals in 1943, which showed Betty Grable in a teasing swimsuit as she looked over her shoulder kess, became the most famous pin up recording of the 50s. This world famous pin up photo became the most popular pin-up girl during the second world war Betty Grable and topped even the popularity of Rita Hayworth. As well as every American soldier wore this perky pin up image with him, which is today considered material for this time. In 1944, 20th Century Fox this fame was used for the film “the pin up girl”.

Honour after her death

Betty Grable was known for its great humor, their friendly nature and the great deal of self-mockery. At the age of 56 years, she died of lung cancer on July 2, 1973 in Los Angeles, California. Her funeral lasted for two days and was attended by her ex-husband, Harry James and numerous Hollywood stars such as, for example, Dorothy Lamour, Shirley Booth, Mitzi Gaynor, Johnnie Ray, Don Ameche, Cesar Romero, George raft, Alice Faye and Dan Dailey. In the Church, the organ played the ballad “I had the craziest dream” by the band “Springtime in the Rockies”. Betty Grable was buried at Inglewood Park Cemetery in Inglewood California. She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and on the St. Louis walk of Fame. In 2009, she was inducted in the “Hall of famous Missourians”.