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Dinah Shore

Dinah Shore

A childhood bout with polio left her with a deformed leg. For the rest of her life, she wore either long dresses or slacks to cover this up.

Although she was not an original member of the cast of "Call Me Madam", she sang all the Ethel Merman songs on the original cast recording when Decca Records refused to release Ms. Merman from her contract to record the soundtrack for RCA.

Appears on a 44¢ USA commemorative postage stamp, issued on Tuesday, August 11th, 2009, in the Early TV Memories issue honoring "The Dinah Shore Show" (1951).

Dinah gave birth to daughter Melissa Ann (Melissa Montgomery, now known as Melissa Montgomery-Hime) in January 1948. She later adopted her son, John "Jody" David Montgomery.

Dinah Shore Boulevard is named in her honor in her hometown of Winchester, Tennessee.

Dinah Shore Drive is named for her. It spans the cities of Rancho Mirage and Cathedral City (near Palm Springs, California).

Had a lifelong passion for painting and cookbooks.

Half of her ashes are interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Cathedral City (near Palm Springs, California). The other half are interred at Hillside Memorial Park in Culver City, California.

Her daughter, Melissa Montgomery, expressed extreme anger towards her mother as a child and teenager because she resented her fame.

Her ex-husband, George Montgomery, and her two children were with her when she died.

Host of NBC Radio's "Birdseye Open House" (1943-1946).

Inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1994.

Lived in a one story house in Mission Hills Country Club, located in Rancho Mirage, California. Was also good friends with all of her neighbors. Among them were Donald Donovan and Geraldine Donovan.

Measurements: 34C/23/34.

Member of Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority.

Per 1920/1930 census records, her parents were Russian-born Jews. Her father was a prosperous dry goods merchant in Tennessee.

She earned the USO Medallion Award as the first entertainer to visit GIs on the front lines of WWII.

She had a long love affair with Burt Reynolds, who was 20 years younger than she was.

She has three grandchildren by Melissa: Jennifer, Adam, and Alexander.

She was a lifelong member of the Republican party.