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Betty Grable (1916–1973)


Elizabeth Ruth Grable was born on December 18, 1916 in St. Louis, Missouri. Her mother Lillian was a stubborn and materialistic woman who was 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. At age... See full bio »

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Filmography

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 1960 The George Burns Show (TV Movie)
Betty Grable
 1954-1958 Shower of Stars (TV Series)
Betty Grable
- Episode #4.7 (1958) ... Betty Grable
- All-Star Line-Up (1955)
 1956 Star Stage (TV Series)
Cleopatra Collins
- Cleopatra Collins (1956) ... Cleopatra Collins
 1955 How to Be Very, Very Popular
Stormy Tornado
 1955 Three for the Show
Julie Lowndes
 1951 Meet Me After the Show
Delilah Lee
 1951 Call Me Mister
Kay Hudson
 1950 Wabash Avenue
Ruby Summers
 1948 When My Baby Smiles at Me
Bonny Kane
 1946 Do You Love Me
Barry's Fan in Taxi (uncredited)
 1944 Four Jills in a Jeep
Betty Grable
 1942 Footlight Serenade
Pat Lambert
 1941 A Yank in the R.A.F.
Carol Brown
 1941 Moon Over Miami
Kay Latimer
 1940 Tin Pan Alley
Lily Blane
 1939 The Day the Bookies Wept
Ina Firpo
 1939 Man About Town
Susan Hayes
 1938 Campus Confessions
Joyce Gilmore
 1938 Give Me a Sailor
Nancy Larkin
 1938 College Swing
Betty
 1937 Thrill of a Lifetime
Gwen
 1937 This Way Please
Jane Morrow
 1936 Pigskin Parade
Laura Watson
 1936 Don't Turn 'em Loose
Mildred Webster
 1936 Follow the Fleet
Singer in Trio
 1936 Collegiate
Dorothy
 1935 A Quiet Fourth (Short)
 1935 Old Man Rhythm
Sylvia
 1935 Drawing Rumors (Short)
 1935 A Night at the Biltmore Bowl (Short)
Vocalist
 1935 The Spirit of 1976 (Short)
 1935 This Band Age (Short)
Betty - Band Singer
 1934 Ferry-Go-Round (Short)
Betty
 1934 By Your Leave
Frances
 1934 The Gay Divorcee
Dance Specialty
 1934 Student Tour
Cayenne (uncredited)
 1934 Susie's Affairs (Short)
Susie Lee
 1934 Business Is a Pleasure (Short)
 1934 Elmer Steps Out (Short)
 1934 Love Detectives (Short)
Alice
 1934 School for Romance (Short)
Student
 1933 Air Tonic (Short)
Betty Grable - Band Singer
 1933 The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi
Band Singer with Ted Fio Rito
 1933 What Price Innocence?
Beverly Bennett
 1933 Melody Cruise
First Stewardess (uncredited)
 1933 Child of Manhattan
Lucy
 1933 Cavalcade
Girl on Couch (unconfirmed, uncredited)
 1932 The Kid from Spain
Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
 1932 Over the Counter (Short)
Customer Who Wants to Buy a Baby (uncredited)
 1932 Hold 'Em Jail
Barbara
 1932 The Age of Consent
Student at dormitory (uncredited)
 1932 Hollywood Lights (Short) (as Frances Dean)
 1932 The Flirty Sleepwalker (Short)
Blonde Girl (as Frances Dean)
 1932 Probation
Ruth
 1932 Hollywood Luck (Short) (as Frances Dean)
 1932 Lady! Please! (Short)
Undetermined Minor Role (as Frances Dean, unconfirmed)
 1932 The Greeks Had a Word for Them
Hat Check Girl (uncredited)
 1931 Once a Hero (Short) (as Frances Dean)
 1931 Palmy Days
Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
 1931 Ex-Sweeties (Short)
Undetermined Minor Role (as Frances Dean)
 1931 Crashing Hollywood (Short) (as Frances Dean)
 1931 Kiki
Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
 1930 Whoopee!
Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
 1930 New Movietone Follies of 1930
Chorine (uncredited)
 1930 Let's Go Places
Chorine (uncredited)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeared in "Hello, Dolly!" on Broadway. Musical comedy. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 4 Print Biographies | 2 Articles | 6 Pictorials | 6 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Frances Dean

Height:

5' 3½" (1.61 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[on Marilyn Monroe] It may sound peculiar to say so, because she is no longer with us, but we were very close. Once when we were doing that picture How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) together, I got a call on the set: my younger daughter had had a fall. I ran home and the one person to call was Marilyn. She did an awful lot to boost things up for movies when everything was at a low state; there'll... See more »

Trivia:

Her stepson, Tim James, was an attorney working with the then Attorney General of Texas and became responsible for enticing television personality Marvin Zindler of Houston to investigate the famous Chicken Ranch brothel in La Grange, Texas - eventually closing it down. The story became the basis of the Broadway and movie musical The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982). See more »

Trademark:

Blue eyes and pale skin See more »

Nickname:

The Girl With the Million Dollar Legs See more »

Star Sign:

Sagittarius

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