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Birth information

18 December 1916 St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Death information

2 July 1973 Santa Monica, California, USA

Given Name

Elizabeth Ruth Grable

Nickname

The Girl With the Million Dollar Legs
The Pin-Up Girl
America's Ideal Girl
The Quicksilver Blonde

How tall is Betty Grable?

1.63 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Harry James
Jackie Coogan

Life Story of Betty Grable

Elizabeth Ruth Grable was born on December 18, 1916 in St. Louis, Missouri, to Lillian Rose (Hofmann) and John Charles Grable, a stockbroker. She had German, English, Irish, and Dutch ancestry. Her mother was a stubborn and materialistic woman determined to make her daughter a star. Elizabeth, who later became Betty, was enrolled in Clark's Dancing School at the age of three. With her mother's guidance, Betty studied ballet and tap dancing.

Betty and her mother set out for Hollywood with the hopes of stardom. Lillian lied about her daughter's age, and Betty (real age 13), landed several minor parts in films in 1930, such as Whoopee! (1930), New Movietone Follies of 1930 (1930), Happy Days (1929) and Let's Go Places (1930). In 1932 (real age 15), she signed with RKO Radio Pictures. The bit parts continued for the next three years. Betty finally landed a substantial part in By Your Leave (1934). One of her big roles was in College Swing (1938). Unfortunately, the public did not seem to take notice.

The following year, she married former child star Jackie Coogan. His success boosted hers, but they divorced in 1940. When she landed the role of Glenda Crawford...

Significant features of Betty Grable

Platinum blonde hair and pale skin
Blue eyes
Her sexy legs
Voluptuous figure

How much money has Betty Grable earned?

The Perry Como Show (1948) $12,500

Publications and Magazines about Betty Grable

Spero Pastos Pin-Up: The Tragedy of Betty Grable. 1986
Doug Warren Betty Grable, the Reluctant Movie Queen. 1981
Larry Billman Betty Grable: A Bio-Bibliography. 1993

Biographical movies about Betty Grable

Biography: "Betty Grable: Behind the Pin-up" 1995

What movies did Betty Grable play or participate?

Actors Filmography
The Hollywood Palace (1964) Presenter / Herself, Shower of Stars (1958) Betty Grable, Ford Star Jubilee (1956) Lily Garland, Star Stage (1956) Cleopatra Collins, How to Be Very, Very Popular (1955) Stormy Tornado, Three for the Show (1955) Julie Lowndes, How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) Loco Dempsey, The Farmer Takes a Wife (1953) Molly Larkins, Meet Me After the Show (1951) Delilah Lee, Call Me Mister (1951) Kay Hudson, My Blue Heaven (1950) Kitty Moran, Wabash Avenue (1950) Ruby Summers, The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend (1949) Winifred Jones, When My...

Birth information

18 December 1916 St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Death information

2 July 1973 Santa Monica, California, USA

Given Name

Elizabeth Ruth Grable

Nickname

The Girl With the Million Dollar Legs
The Pin-Up Girl
America's Ideal Girl
The Quicksilver Blonde

How tall is Betty Grable?

1.63 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Harry James
Jackie Coogan

Life Story of Betty Grable

Elizabeth Ruth Grable was born on December 18, 1916 in St. Louis, Missouri, to Lillian Rose (Hofmann) and John Charles Grable, a stockbroker. She had German, English, Irish, and Dutch ancestry. Her mother was a stubborn and materialistic woman determined to make her daughter a star. Elizabeth, who later became Betty, was enrolled in Clark's Dancing School at the age of three. With her mother's guidance, Betty studied ballet and tap dancing.

Betty and her mother set out for Hollywood with the hopes of stardom. Lillian lied about her daughter's age, and Betty (real age 13), landed several minor parts in films in 1930, such as Whoopee! (1930), New Movietone Follies of 1930 (1930), Happy Days (1929) and Let's Go Places (1930). In 1932 (real age 15), she signed with RKO Radio Pictures. The bit parts continued for the next three years. Betty finally landed a substantial part in By Your Leave (1934). One of her big roles was in College Swing (1938). Unfortunately, the public did not seem to take notice.

The following year, she married former child star Jackie Coogan. His success boosted hers, but they divorced in 1940. When she landed the role of Glenda Crawford...

Significant features of Betty Grable

Platinum blonde hair and pale skin
Blue eyes
Her sexy legs
Voluptuous figure

How much money has Betty Grable earned?

The Perry Como Show (1948) $12,500

Publications and Magazines about Betty Grable

Spero Pastos Pin-Up: The Tragedy of Betty Grable. 1986
Doug Warren Betty Grable, the Reluctant Movie Queen. 1981
Larry Billman Betty Grable: A Bio-Bibliography. 1993

Biographical movies about Betty Grable

Biography: "Betty Grable: Behind the Pin-up" 1995

What movies did Betty Grable play or participate?

Actors Filmography
The Hollywood Palace (1964) Presenter / Herself, Shower of Stars (1958) Betty Grable, Ford Star Jubilee (1956) Lily Garland, Star Stage (1956) Cleopatra Collins, How to Be Very, Very Popular (1955) Stormy Tornado, Three for the Show (1955) Julie Lowndes, How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) Loco Dempsey, The Farmer Takes a Wife (1953) Molly Larkins, Meet Me After the Show (1951) Delilah Lee, Call Me Mister (1951) Kay Hudson, My Blue Heaven (1950) Kitty Moran, Wabash Avenue (1950) Ruby Summers, The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend (1949) Winifred Jones, When My...

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Robert Young and Betty Grable in Sweet Rosie O'Grady (1943)

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

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Robert Young and Betty Grable in Sweet Rosie O'Grady (1943)

In the late 1940s, 20th Century Fox insured her legs with Lloyds of London for a quarter million dollars.

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Robert Young and Betty Grable in Sweet Rosie O'Grady (1943)

In 1946-1947, the Treasury Department noted that she was the highest paid woman in America, receiving $300,000 a year.

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Betty Grable, June Haver, and S.Z. Sakall in Dolly Sisters (1945)

Voted Best Figure of 1941.

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Betty Grable, June Haver, William Newell, and John Payne in Dolly Sisters (1945)

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

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Betty Grable, June Haver, and John Payne in Dolly Sisters (1945)

Singer-songwriter Neil Sedaka's song "Betty Grable" was dedicated to her memory.

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Betty Grable and June Haver in Dolly Sisters (1945)

She and Harry James had two daughters: Victoria Elizabeth James (born March 3, 1944) and Jessica James (born May 20, 1947 - March 20, 2016).

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Betty Grable in I Wake Up Screaming (1941)

In Italy, her films were often dubbed by Rosetta Calavetta and Dhia Cristiani. She was occasionally dubbed by Lydia Simoneschi and Clelia Bernacchi.

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Jack Lemmon and Betty Grable in Liebe im Quartett (1955)

She was a lifelong Republican and conservative.

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Betty Grable and John Payne in Footlight Serenade (1942)

While attending Hollywood Professional School, she developed a musical act with a friend, Emylyn Pique (born Juanita Emylyn Pique), who later took the name Mitzi Mayfair.

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Victor Mature and Betty Grable in Footlight Serenade (1942)

Very early in her career, Grable sang with the Ted Fio Rito Orchestra. Having appeared on Broadway in "DuBarry Was a Lady" and "Hello, Dolly!", Grable would later state, jokingly, "The only trouble was I couldn't sing".

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Victor Mature, Betty Grable, and Carole Landis in I Wake Up Screaming (1941)

She was offered the Anne Baxter role in The Razor's Edge (1946) but turned it down. Baxter ultimately won an Oscar as Sophie MacDonald.

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Betty Grable, Robert Cummings, and Carole Landis in Allotria in Florida (1941)

In the famous pin-up pic of Betty Grable, she was wearing an ankle bracelet given to her by her then suitor George Raft.

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Betty Grable and Jack Oakie in Tin Pan Alley (1940)

Her image appears on the cover of the music CD Electric Swing Fever.

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Betty Grable and John Arledge in Don't Turn 'em Loose (1936)

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Betty Grable and Buster Crabbe in Thrill of a Lifetime (1937)

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Betty Grable in Kavalkade (1933)

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Betty Grable, Mary Blackford, Mary Carlisle, Ted Fio Rito, Florence Lake, Gordon Oliver, etc.

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Betty Grable and Dan Dailey in My Blue Heaven (1950)

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Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Betty Grable in Die Frau im Hermelin (1948)

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Betty Grable, Cesar Romero, and George Montgomery in Coney Island (1943)

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Betty Grable and Cesar Romero in Coney Island (1943)

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