Betty Grable

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Betty Grable

Betty Grable (St. Louis, Missouri, December 18, 1916 – Santa Monica, California, July 2, 1973) was the pseudonym of Elizabeth Ruth Grable , American actress, singer and dancer.

Her photograph in a swimsuit, with her back to her head looking over her right shoulder, turned her into the number one pin-up girl of the time of the Second World War. Later it was included in the list of the 100 Photographs that Changed the World, prepared by Life magazine.

Grable was well known for her well-proportioned legs, which she exhibited in her Technicolor films shot for 20th Century Fox, and which the studio secured for one million dollars each with Lloyds insurer in London.

Betty_Grable’s Biography

The famous pin-up photograph by Betty Grable (1943).

Her real name was Elizabeth Ruth Grable , and she was born in San Luis (Missouri). His parents were John C. Grable (1883-1954) and Lillian Rose Hofmann (1889-1964). Betty was the youngest of the couple’s three children.

Although his direct ancestors were Americans, he was of Dutch, Irish, German, and English ancestry. He was oriented to interpretation by his mother, who insisted that one of his daughters become a star. In his first role as showgirl in the movie Happy Days (1929), Grable was only 13 years old (below the legal age to act) but, as the choir performed with his face painted black, it was impossible to know his age. Soon her mother gave her a makeover, dyeing her platinum blonde hair.

For his next film, his mother got him a contract using a false identity. When the deception was discovered, Grable was fired. She finally got a role as ‘Goldwyn Girl’ in Whoopee! (1930), starring Eddie Cantor. In this film Grable led the initial number, “Cowboys”. Later, throughout the rest of the decade, she worked in small roles for different studios, including Oscar-nominated The Gay Divorcee (1934), starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.

In 1937 he rebelled against his mother and married a previously famous child actor, Jackie Coogan. However, Coogan had problems due to a lawsuit against his parents due to his income, and the couple divorced in 1939. At that time, and throughout the thirties, Grable made small interpretations in some fifty Hollywood films , until finally it got notoriety by its paper in the success Du Barry Was to Lady (1939), work of Cole Porter represented in Broadway.

The same year he divorced Coogan, Grable won a contract with 20th Century Fox, becoming his biggest star, starring in Technicolor films such as Down Argentine Way (1940), Moon Over Miami (Se They need husbands) (1941) (both with Don Ameche), Springtime in The Rockies (1942), Coney Island (1943) with George Montgomery, Sweet Rosie O’Grady (1943) with Robert Young, Pin Up Girl (1944), Diamond Horseshoe (1945) with Dick Haymes, The Dolly Sisters (1945) with John Payne and June Haver, and his most popular film, Mother Wore Tights (1947), with Dan Dailey.

It was during his reign as the highest-grossing actress (1943) that Grable posed for his iconic pin-up photograph, which, in addition to his films, became famous among American soldiers fighting in World War II. The image was taken by studio photographer Frank Powolny, who passed away in 1986. Despite stiff competition from Rita Hayworth, Dorothy Lamour, Veronica Lake, Carole Landis and Lana Turner, Grable was no question the pin-up girl number one for the soldiers. In the late 1940s, Grable was the best paid actress in Hollywood.

Among his post-war musicals include: That Lady in Ermine, (1948) with Douglas Fairbanks Jr .; When My Baby Smiles at Me (1948), again with Dailey; Wabash Avenue (1950) (a remake of Coney Island), with Victor Mature; My Blue Heaven (1950) and Meet Me After the Show (1951). The head of the studio, Darryl F. Zanuck, produced costly Technicolor films for his main star, keeping it fully occupied, so much so that in thirteen years he shot about 25 musicals. Grable’s last great success for Fox was How to Marry a Millionaire (1953), along with Lauren Bacall and Marilyn Monroe.

In 1943, he married jazz trumpeter Harry James. The couple had two daughters, Victoria and Jessica. They had a troublesome marriage because of infidelity and alcoholism, which lasted 22 years. They finally divorced in 1965. Shortly afterwards, she became involved with a dancer much younger than her.

Later race

Grable’s final career was marked by disputes with studio executives, who made her work to exhaustion. At one point, in the middle of an argument with Darryl F. Zanuck, she threw her contract and left her office furious. He gradually left the cinema, went on television and stood out in Las Vegas.


He died of lung cancer at age 56 in Santa Monica, California. Her funeral was held on July 5, 1973. She is buried in the Inglewood Park Cemetery, in Inglewood, California.

Grable has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, at 6525 Hollywood Boulevard. He also has a star on the San Luis Walk of Fame.

Grable was known for several nicknames, including among them the “Betty Box Office” and “The Girl with the Million Dollar Legs”.

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