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Betty Grable

Film actress Betty Grable

Full Name: Elizabeth Grable
Profession: Film actress

Nationality:
United States of America
American

Why Famous: 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 Actress Betty Grable (26) weds big band leader Harry James (27)

Events in the Life of Betty Grable

  • 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 released

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