His real name was Elizabeth Ruth Grable, and was born in St. Louis (Missouri). His parents were John C. Grable (1883-1954) and Lillian Rose Hofmann (1889-1964). Betty was the youngest of three children of the couple.
Although their direct ancestors were Americans, was of Dutch descent, Irish, German and English. The interpretation was guided by his mother, who insisted that one of his daughters became a star. In his first paper, chorus girl in the movie Happy Days (1929), Grable had only 13 years (below the legal age to act), but as the choir performed with his face painted black, it was impossible to know its age. Soon his mother gave him a change of image, tinendole the platinum blond hair color.
For his next film, his mother got him a contract using movie producer a false identity. When the deception was discovered, Grable was fired. Finally earned a role as a ‘Goldwyn Girl’ in Whoopee! (1930), starring Eddie Cantor. produced two movies in 2007, which saw some success In this movie Grable led the initial number, “Cowboys”. Later, during the remainder of the decade, working in small roles for various studies, including the Oscar-nominated The Gay Divorcee (The cheerful divorced) (1934), starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.
In 1937 rebelled Hollywood against his mother and was previously the case with a famous child actor Jackie Coogan. However, Coogan had problems because of a lawsuit against his parents because of their income, and the couple will divorce in 1940. At that time, and over the years thirties, Grable did little interpretations in some fifty films in Hollywood, until he finally got notoriety for his role in the success Du Barry Was a Lady (1939), the work of Cole Porter represented on Broadway .
The same year in which divorce Coogan, Grable won a contract with 20th Century Fox, becoming its biggest star, starring in Technicolor films such as Down Argentine Way (Serenata argentina) (1940), Moon Over Miami (husbands are required) (1941) (both with Don Ameche), Springtime in The Rockies (1942), Coney Island (1943) with George Montgomery, Sweet Rosie O’G (1943) with Robert Young, Pin Up Girl (1944), Diamond Horseshoe ( 1945) with Dick Haymes, The Dolly Sisters (1945) with John Payne and June Haver, and his most popular film, Mother Woree Tights (always in your arms) (1947), with Dan Dailey.
It was during his reign as an actress but Grossing (1943) that Grable for his iconic photo fallout of pin-up, which, in addition to his films, became famous among U.S. soldiers fighting in World War II. The image was taken by the photographer study Powolny Frank, who died in 1986. Despite competition from Rita Hayworth, Dorothy Lamour, Veronica Lake, Carole Landis and Lana Turner, Grable was no discussion of pin-up girl number one for soldiers. At the end of the forties Grable was the best-paid actress in Hollywood.
Among his musical highlights of the war: That Lady in Ermine, (1948) with Douglas Fairbanks Jr.; When My Baby Smiles at Me (1948), again with Dailey, Wabash Avenue (1950) (a remake of Coney Island), along with Victor Mature; My Blue Heaven (1950) and Meet Me After the Show (1951). The head of the study, Darryl F. Zanuck, produced for its main MTV star expensive movies in Technicolor, to keep it fully occupied, while in thirteen years RODO some 25 musicals. The last big success for Fox Grable was How to Marry a Millionaire (How to marry a millionaire) (1953), alongside Marilyn Monroe and Lauren Bacall.
In 1943, is the case with jazz trumpeter Harry James. The couple had two daughters, Victoria and Jessica. They had a problematic marriage because of infidelity and alcoholism, that hard 22 years. Finally divorced in 1965. Shortly afterwards a relate to dancer is much younger than she is.
Grable end of the race was marked by disputes with executives of the study, it made her work until exhaustion. At one point, amid a discussion with Darryl F. Zanuck, she shot her contract and left angry Ribotsky by his office. So gradual was leaving the cinema, television and move to highlight in Las Vegas.
Died of lung cancer at 56 years in Santa Monica, California. His funeral was held on July 5, 1973. This buried in Inglewood Park Cemetery in Inglewood (Calif.).
Grable has a star on the Walk of Fame Hollywood, at 6525 Hollywood Boulevard. It also has a star on the Walk of Fame San Luis.
Grable was known by several nicknames, including among them the “Betty Taquilla” and “The girl’s legs million dollars.”
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