Saturday, December 18, 2010

Happy Birthday: Betty Grable!

Betty Grable (December 18, 1916 – July 2, 1973). Dancer, singer, and actress. Her bathing suit photo made her the number-one pin-up girl of the World War II era. It was included in the Life magazine project "100 Photos that Changed the World". Grable was known for having the most beautiful legs in Hollywood. Grable's legs were insured by her studio for $1,000,000 with Lloyds of London. In 1943, she married trumpeter and big band leader Harry James. The couple had two daughters, Victoria and Jessica. The couple divorced in 1965. Grable entered into a relationship with a dancer, Bob Remick several years her junior. Though they did not marry, their romance lasted until the end of Grable's life. I think my first Betty Grable movie was, How to Marry a Millionaire(1953). A romantic comedy film, directed by Jean Negulesco and produced and written by Nunnally Johnson. The screenplay was based on the plays The Greeks Had a Word for It by Zoe Akins and Loco by Dale Eunson and Katherine Albert. The music score was by Alfred Newman and the cinematography by Joseph MacDonald. The costume design was by Travilla. Cast: Betty Grable, Marilyn Monroe, and Lauren Bacall as fortune hunters with William Powell, David Wayne, Rory Calhoun, Cameron Mitchell, Alexander D'Arcy, and Fred Clark.

1 comment:

monty said...

great birthday tribute Dawn.