Who is Betty Grable? She was a famous American actress, dancer, pin-up girl and singer. Making an acting debut at the age of 12, she rose to stardom with a role in the musical film Down Argentine Way, 1940. She also had immense success in films like “Mother Wore Tights,” 1947, “How to Marry a Millionaire” and in the Broadway musical “DuBarry Was a Lady” in 1939.
Betty Grable’s top-class performance, she made a record by appearing 12 consecutive years in the box office’s top ten stars. Earning more than 3 million in her career, the U.S. Treasury Department named her as the highest-salaried American woman in 1946 and 1947. Grable starred in about 42 films in the 1930s and 1940s, which grossed over $100 million.
Betty Grable was born on 18th December 1916, in St. Louis, Missouri. Betty Grable rose to fame with her role in the Broadway musical DuBarry Was a Lady in 1939 after accepting the offer from Buddy DeSylva. The play was very successful and that was a huge leap towards a successful career.
Her performance in the play gained the attention of Darryl F. Zanuck, head of 20th Century-Fox who decided to cast her in the musical film Down Argentine Way, 1940. The role was to be played by actress Alice Faye but who declined it for health reasons. The film was very successful critically and at the box office.
The success of Down Argentine Way gained her several other roles becoming a newfound star in the film industry. She followed it with roles in Tin Pan Alley, 1940 co-starring Alice Faye, Moon Over Miami, 1941 co-starring Carole Landis, A Yank in the R.A.F, 1941 Co-starring Tyrone Power and I Wake Up Screaming, 1941 co-starring Victor Mature.
The following year she starred in Song of the Islands, co-starring Jack Oakie, and Victor Mature. Other roles include Footlight Serenade, 1942, springtime in the Rockies, 1942. The latter became one of her biggest hit grossing $2 million.
In 1943, American movie exhibitors voted her the number-one box-office draw. Other roles include Sweet Rosie O’Grady, 1943, Pin-Up Girl, 1944, which was a huge box office success, Diamond Horseshoe, 1945, The Dolly Sisters, 1945, The Shocking Miss Pilgrim, 1947, and That Lady in Ermine.
Grable became very popular and the highest-paid entertainer in the United States in 1947. She became a famous sex symbol in the film industry.In her personal life, Betty Grable married twice.
Her first marriage was to former child actor Jackie Coogan. They divorced two years later. She then married trumpeter Harry James in 1943 with whom she had two daughters Victoria Elizabeth and Jessica. The couple married for 22 years divorcing in 1965.