Grable, Betty

Vintage photo inscribed & signed by the dancer-singer-actress, #1 WW II “pin-up girl”

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Description:
(1916-1973) American dancer, singer, and actress. Her iconic bathing suit photo made her the number-one pin-up girl of the WW II era. Her legs were famously insured by her studio for $1M with Lloyds of London. Grable obtained a role as a 'Goldwyn Girl' in “Whoopee!” (1930, starring Eddie Cantor), gained national attention on stage in the Cole Porter Broadway hit “Du Barry Was a Lady” (1939). She contracted in 1940 with 20th Century Fox, their top star throughout the 40s with Technicolor movies such as “Down Argentine Way” (1940), “Moon Over Miami” (1941), “Springtime in The Rockies” (1942), “Coney Island” (1943), “Sweet Rosie O'Grady” (1943), “The Dolly Sisters” (1945) and her most popular film, “Mother Wore Tights” (1947). Indisputably the top pin-up girl for American soldiers, wildly popular at home as well, placing in the top 10 box office draws for 10 years, highest-paid female star in Hollywood. Postwar musicals included: “When My Baby Smiles at Me” (1948), “Wabash Avenue” (1950), “My Blue Heaven” (1950), and “Meet Me After the Show” (1951). She made 25 musicals and comedies in 13 years. Her last big hit for Fox was “How to Marry a Millionaire” (1953) with Lauren Bacall and Marilyn Monroe. Gradually leaving movies, she made the transition to television and Las Vegas. In 1967, she took over the lead in the touring company of “Hello, Dolly!” Grable was married to former child-actor Jackie Coogan 1937-39, and to trumpeter and big band leader Harry James 1943-65. Lovely 10 x 8 vintage sepia glossy ISP, late 30s-early 40s portrait inscribed “To Rutgers/millions of thanks to/a sweet fellow,/Always/Betty Grable.”

Condition: Very good, few very slight smudges
Type:Photograph






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