Job Actress, dancer, singer
Years active 1929-1973
Top Roles Loco Dempsey, Freddie, Betty, Lily Blane, Kathryn 'Kay' Latimer, also called Miss Adams
Top GenresMusical, Comedy, Romance, Drama, War, Action
Top TopicsRomance (Comic), Pre-Code Cinema, Based on Play
Top Collaborators (Director), (Producer), (Producer), (Producer)
Shares birthday with George Stevens, Lynn Bari, Gladys Cooper  see more..

Betty Grable Overview:

Legendary actress, Betty Grable, was born Elizabeth Ruth Grable on Dec 18, 1916 in St. Louis, MO. Grable died at the age of 56 on Jul 2, 1973 in Santa Monica, CA and was laid to rest in Inglewood Park Cemetery in Inglewood, Los Angeles County, CA.


Was Betty really a chorus girl at 12 (she was born in December)? Every reference gives the same date of birth, so it must be true: in which case, no wonder she had had enough of powder-puff musicals by the time she was 40. The peaches-and-cream blonde with the healthy, swim-star figured labored for ten years on the Hollywood scene before a lucky break (Alice Faye's illness) launched her to top stardom in Down Argentine Way. Her "million-dollar legs" subsequently made her queen of World War II pin-ups. A falling-out with Fox studio boss Darryl F. Zanuck hastened her decline from 1951. Married to Jackie Coogan (1937-1940).

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Film Stars).



She was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures. Betty Grable's handprints and footprints were 'set in stone' at Grauman's Chinese Theater during imprint ceremony #68 on Feb 15, 1943. Grable was never nominated for an Academy Award.

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Takes a Walk on the Noir Side: I Wake Up Screaming (1941)

By shadowsandsatin on Jul 1, 2023 From Shadows and Satin

I?ll admit it. I?ve only seen in two films. It?s not because I?m not a fan; I?ve always thought she was lovely, with a gorgeous figure ? I?ve even read her biography ? but she?s mostly a musical gal, and if you know me, you?ll know I?m not exactly the world?s biggest fan of musicals. Bu... Read full article

Classic Movie Travels:

By Annette Bochenek on Aug 4, 2022 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

Classic Movie Travels: was one of World War II?s most celebrated pin-up girls, in addition to being a gifted actress, singer, model, and dancer. A top box office star, she was one of the highest-paid women of her day. Elizabeth Ruth Grable was born on ... Read full article

, Victor Mature, and Carole Landis star in "I Wake Up Screaming"

By Stephen Reginald on Jun 13, 2022 From Classic Movie Man

, Victor Mature, and Carole Landis star in "I Wake Up Screaming" I Wake Up Screaming (1941) is an American film noir directed by H. Bruce Humberstone and starring , Victor Mature, and Carole Landis. Other cast members include Laird Cregar, Alan Mowbray, Allyn Joslyn, Eli... Read full article

5 Things You May Not Know about

By minooallen on Dec 18, 2017 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

5 Things You May Not Know about ? Like that today would have been her birthday. Happy 101th Birthday to the legend ! ….. 1.) That Stage Mother Tho I couldn’t find a photo of Grable as a child, but I did one of Grable with her children. So, I was close. If Betty G... Read full article

, Happy Birthday, to the Queen of Dance and Glamor! Born December 18th; 1916-1973

By C. S. Williams on Dec 19, 2013 From Classic Film Aficionados

Classic Film Aficionados ?? She was beautiful, could dance, could sing, (did I mention beautiful?) act and most all make you glad you watched her movie. What else could one ask for? She was the total package, a true star, with varied talents, and a knack for being in fun-filled film-projects. She w... Read full article

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Betty Grable Quotes:

Loco Dempsey: [dreamily] All my life ever since I was a little girl I've always had the same dream. To marry a zillionaire.

Tommy Lundy: Will you come into my dressing room? Said the spider to the fly.
Pat Lambert: Oh, thank you, Mr. Spider, but I'm very, very shy.

Ruby Summers: Why, you overgrown, dime-a-dozen wiseacre pig-puss! Who made your clothes? Or did you grow 'em yourself?

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In the late 1940s, Fox studio insured her legs with Lloyds of London for a quarter million dollars.

Did Playtex 18-hour Shortie commercials in the 1960s using her famous pinup pose -- purportedly because she needed the money after her husband had spent her savings.

Ex-husband, Harry James died on what would have been their 40th anniversary.

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