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Betty Grable – MovieActors.com

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Grable in PIN UP GIRL.

About Betty Grable (1916 – 1973)

In St. Louis, Missouri on December 18, 1916, Betty Grable was born. Her given birth name was Elizabeth Ruth Grable.

Betty Grable died on July 2, 1973 in Santa Monica, California.

Betty Grable's mother Lillian was a driven woman when it came to making her daughter a star. Grable's mother enrolled her in Clark's Dancing School at the age of three. Betty's mother helped her study ballet and tap dancing. At age 13, Betty Grable and her determined mother set off for Hollywood, California. Lillian, Betty Grable's mother lied about her daughter's age and Betty landed several parts in films in the 1930s. Betty Grable had minor parts in WHOOPEE! in 1930, HAPPY DAYS, and LET'S GO PLACES.

Betty Grable dated Desi Arnaz. She was married to Jackie Coogan in 1937. Coogan starred in THE ESCAPE ARTIST in 1982. They were later divorced in 1940. Betty Grable married Harry James in 1943. Harry James wrote the soundtrack of THE AVIATOR.  He died on what would have been their 40th wedding anniversary. They were divorced in 1965. They had two daughters, Victoria Elizabeth James and Jessica James.

BY YOUR LEAVE, in 1934 was Betty Grable's first substantial part in a Picture. In 1938, she starred in COLLEGE SWING. It wasn't until 1940, that the public really took notice of Betty Grable in DOWN ARGENTINE WAY.

Betty Grable did a pin-up pose during World War II and her picture was in barracks all around the world.  That pin-up made Betty the highest paid star in Hollywood. In 1947, she was the highest paid star in America, earning $300,000 dollars a year. In 1941 she was voted the woman with the best figure.

Later, Century-Fox had Betty Grable under contract and they insured her legs with Lloyds of London for a million dollars.

Betty Grable's last film was in 1955, HOW TO BE VERY, VERY POPULAR. After the film she worked on Broadway and in nightclubs.

Betty Grable was free of any scandals during her lifetime.  She cared for her family and family life more than being famous. She suffered from Demophobia (fear of crowds). Betty Grable was also a somnambulist (a sleep-walker). Grable's nicknames were "The Girl With The Million Dollar Legs" and "The Pin-Up Girl".

Betty Grable's notable movie credits include...

VERBOTEN! (1959)
HOW TO BE VERY, VERY POPULAR (1955)
THREE FOR THE SHOW (1955)
HOW TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE (1953)
CALL ME MISTER (1951)
MY BLUE HEAVEN (1950)
THE BEAUTIFUL BLONDE FROM BASHFUL BEND (1949)
MOTHER WORE TIGHTS (1947)
DIAMOND HORSESHOE (1945)
PIN UP GIRL (1944)
I WAKE UP SCREAMING (1941)
DOWN ARGENTINE WAY (1940)
MILLION DOLLAR LEGS (1939)
COLLEGE SWING (1938)
COLLEGIATE (1936)
FERRY-GO-ROUND (1934)
HOLLYWOOD LIGHTS (1932)
WHOOPEE! (1930)

Betty Grable's television credits include...

SHOWER OF THE STARS (TV SERIES) (1954-1958)
FORD STAR JUBILEE (TV SERIES) (1956)
STAR STAGE (TV SERIES) (1956)

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Betty Grable in PIN UP GIRL (1944).

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Betty Grable in I WAKE UP SCREAMING (1941) .

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