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Betty Grable

Actress Betty Grable

Full Name: Elizabeth Grable
Profession: Actress

United States of America

Biography: Betty Grable was one of the biggest Hollywood film stars of the 1940s and 1950s.

She was famously the number 1. pin-up girl for American troops during WWII. Gable was particularly known for her legs which her film studio had insured and which starred in her iconic bathing suit photo from 1943.

Gable's most famous films include "Down Argentine Way" (1940) and "How to Marry a Millionaire" (1953), where she starred alongside Lauren Bacall and Marilyn Monroe.

Born: December 18, 1916
Birthplace: St Louis, Missouir, USA

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Sagittarius

Died: July 2, 1973 (aged 56)
Cause of Death: Lung cancer

Married Life

  • 1937-11-20 Actor Jackie Coogan (23) weds actress Betty Grable (20) at St. Brendan Catholic Church in Los Angeles
  • 1939-10-11 Actor Jackie Coogan (24) divorces actress Betty Grable (22) after 2 years of marriage
  • 1943-07-05 American actress Betty Grable (26) weds American big band leader Harry James (27); divorce in 1965

Historical Events

  • 1953-11-05 Film "How to Marry a Millionaire" directed by Jean Negulesco, starring Lauren Bacall, Betty Grable and Marilyn Monroe, first to be filmed in CinemaScope; release delayed to allow "The Robe" to debut the format

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