Sunday, October 31, 2010
Box Office Attractions - BETTY GRABLE
I did not know that Betty was such a huge box-office star back in the day. So far, she is the third actress I have featured in this ongoing series, along with Doris Day and Esther Williams. Which should make you very happy Dawn. Anyway, Betty's track record was amazing. Starting in 1942, Grable was named in the top 10 box office draws for 8 of those ten years. For eight of those ten years, she was the top female-box office star. In 1943, she was named the #1 movie box office attraction. By the end of the 1940s Grable was the highest-paid female star in Hollywood, receiving $300,000 a year. During the 1940s and early 1950s, thirty Fox films were among the top ten highest grossing films of the year. Of those, ten were movies featuring Grable; eight of those movies were Fox's highest grossing pictures for their respective years. Here is a list of those hit films during that time period.
1940: Tin Pan Alley; Down Argentine Way.
1941: Moon Over Miami; I Wake Up Screaming
1942: Springtime In The Rockies; Footlight Parade
1943: Coney Island; Sweet Rosie O'Grady
1944: Pin Up Girl
1945: The Dolly Sisters
1947: The Shocking Miss Pilgrim; Mother Wore Tights
1948: When My Baby Smiles At Me
1949: The Beautiful Blonde From Bashful Bend
1950: My Blue Heaven
1951: Meet Me After The Show; The Farmer Takes A Wife
1953: How To Marry A Millionaire