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Dorothy Lamour

Dorothy Lamour

"The Moon of Manakoora" from 1937's The Hurricane (1937), was her signature song.

Biography in: "American National Biography." Supplement 1, pp. 338-339. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.

Co-starred as a featured regular with Don Ameche, W.C. Fields and Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy on the popular "Chase and Sanborn Radio Hour".

Derived her acting name name "Dorothy Lamour" from her step-father, whose surname was "Lambour".

During World War II, she toured the country, selling in excess of $300 million worth of war bonds.



Femme fatale in the Bing Crosby - Bob Hope "Road" series of Paramount Pictures offerings from 1941 to 1953. In the final entry, The Road to Hong Kong (1962), she appeared with Crosby and Hope but the femme fatale this time was Joan Collins.

Her famous "Road" co-stars Bing Crosby and Bob Hope are seen watching her from the audience as she performs in Cecil B. DeMille's circus drama "The Greatest Show on Earth.".

Her original sarong for "The Jungle Princess" was designed by Edith Head. She also wore special sandals to cover her feet.

Her step-son gave her a dog, CoCo, when her husband died. She didn't want it at first, but he insisted. She soon learned to love the dog and referred to him as her boyfriend.

Her step-son William Ross "Bill, Jr." Howard IV was born in 1933. Her son John Ridgely "Ridge" Howard was born January 8, 1946. Her son Richard Thomson "Tommy" Howard was born on October 20, 1949.

Host of NBC Radio's "Sealtest Variety Theater" (aka The Dorothy Lamour Show) (1948-1949).

In 1946 (with the full assistance of Paramount's publicity department) she staged a memorable stunt by publicly burning a sarong, the garment with which she had been associated since her first starring role.

In Italy, almost all her films were dubbed by Rosetta Calavetta.

Interred at Forest Lawn (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles, California, USA, in the Enduring Faith section, lot 387, space 2.

John Ford began filming his 1937 classic "The Hurricane" with Margo in the leading female role, but Samuel Goldwyn halted production and replaced her with Lamour because of the success of "The Jungle Princess.".

Lamour is named in the 2011 film "J. Edgar" as having had an early affair with J. Edgar Hoover. Books on Hoover also report that she was his great love, something she never confirmed or denied.

Miss New Orleans 1931.

One of the few film stars who was allowed to make records throughout her career. She rivaled Alice Faye for the number of songs she introduced on screen, including "Moon of Manakoora," "Moonlight and Shadows," "Moonlight Becomes You," "I Remember You," "Personality" and "It Could Happen to You.".

Sang the show-stopping "Broadway Baby" in a 1990 Long Beach, CA revival of Stephen Sondheim's "Follies".

She first met Bob Hope while working as a singer at the popular nightclub 1 Fifth Ave. in New York's Greenwich Village, where she was accompanied on twin pianos by Julius Monk and Cy Feuer. She had top billing over him in several of their first pictures together at Paramount.

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