St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Place of Death
Santa Monica, California, USA
Cause of Death
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The Girl With the Million Dollar Legs
Stage & Screen
Stage & Screen, Vocal, Soundtracks, Film Music, Traditional Pop
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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 13, Betty and her mother set out for Hollywood with the hopes of stardom. Lillian lied about her daughter`s age, and Ruth landed several minor parts in films in 1930, such as Whoopee! (1930), New Movietone Follies of 1930 (1930), Happy Days (1929/I) and Let`s Go Places (1930). In 1932 she signed with RKO 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 didn`t seem to take notice. She was beginning to think she was a failure. The next 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 in Down Argentine Way (1940), the public finally took notice of this shining bright star. Stardom came through comedies such as Coney Island (1943) and Sweet Rosie O`Grady (1943). The public was enchanted with Betty. Her famous pin-up pose during World War II adorned barracks all around the world. With that pin-up and as the star of lavish musicals, Betty became the highest-paid star in Hollywood. After the war, her star continued to rise. In 1947 the US Treasury Department noted that she was the highest paid star in America, earning about $300,000 a year - a phenomenal sum even by today`s standards. Later, 20th Century-Fox, who had her under contract, insured her legs with Lloyds of London for a million dollars. Betty continued to be popular until the mid-50s, when musicals went into a decline. Her last film was How to Be Very, Very Popular (1955). She then concentrated on Broadway and nightclubs. In 1965 she divorced band leader Harry James, whom she had wed in 1943. Betty died of cancer on July 2, 1973, in Santa Monica, CA. Her life was an active one, devoid of the scandals that plagued many stars in one way or another. In reality, she cared for her family and the family life more than stardom. In that way, she was a true star.
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Elizabeth Ruth Grable
Legs (known As Million Dollar Legs)
Lustre-Creme Shampoo (Magazine Advertisement) 
John Conn Grable
Lillian Rose Hoffmann
Betty Furness, Lucille Ball, Dan Dailey, Carol Burrnett, Marilyn Monroe, Matthew Yuricich, Donald O'Connor, Jack Cole, Edie Wasserman, Manny Sachs, Lew Wasserman, Cesar Romero, Alfred Vanderbilt Jr, Dorothy Lamour, Shirley Booth, Mitzi Gaynor, Johnnie Ray, Jeanne Crain, Billy Daniel
The Films of Betty Grable (Ed Hulse), Pin-Up: The Tragedy of Betty Grable  (Spero Pastos), Betty Grable, the Reluctant Movie Queen  (Doug Warren), Betty Grable: A Bio-Bibliography  (Larry Billman), Betty Grable: The Girl with the Million Dollar Legs  (Tom McGee)
Biography: Betty Grable: Behind the Pin-up 
Lana Turner, Linda Darnell, Mickey Rooney, Jackie Cooper
Elizabeth Ruth Grable (December 18, 1916 â€“ July 2, 1973) was an American actress, pin-up girl, dancer, and singer. Her 42 films during the 1930s and 1940s grossed more than $100 million, and she set a record of 12 consecutive years in the top 10 of box office stars. The U.S. Treasury Department in 1946 and 1947 listed her as the highest-salaried American woman; she earned more than $3 million during her career.
Actress, dancer, singer
Jessica (daughter), Victoria (daughter)
Hollywood, St. Louis
Red, Pink, Turqouise
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