5 Things You May Not Know about Betty Grable
Like that today would have been her birthday. Happy 101th Birthday to the legend Betty Grable!
1.) That Stage Mother Tho
If Betty Grable was born in the 1990s, there’s a chance she would have been on Toddlers and Tiaras. Her mother, Lillian, was a true stage mother who enrolled Betty in dancing classes as soon she could walk. In fact, Lillian was so determined to shape her youngest daughter into a star that she left her husband and eldest daughter behind in St. Louis to bring Betty to Hollywood.
2.) That Stage Fright Tho
Despite her career as an entertainer, Grable suffered from “demophobia” AKA the fear of crowds. She also was a somnambulist, AKA a sleepwalker. Probably not the best combination of disorders for an entertainer but, hey, I guess none of that matters if your mother is grooming you for stardom.
3.) That Baby Bump Tho
In her iconic pin-up photo, Grable has her back to the camera as she looks over her shoulder, smiling coyly. While it may seem like the pose is an artistic moment of genius, the pose was actually done for a very practical reason: Grable was pregnant and showing. Yup, Grable flaunting a baby-bump definitely would have taken away from that “everyman’s gal” fantasy they were building.
4.) That Pay Tho
In 1946, Grable was highest paid woman in American, with the Treasury Department noting that she made over $300,000 a year. Nice!
5.) Them legs Tho
OK, so perhaps you already know this one, but at the height of her fame, Grable’s legs were insured for 1 million dollars. To put that in perspective, that’s a little over 9 million in 2016 dollars. That’s 4.5 million per leg…who needs the left leg anyway, am I right?
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