Betty Grable – 1916 to 1973
Born in St. Louis, MO, Betty Grable was pushed into show business by an overbearing mother who moved her to Hollywood at the age of 13. By lying about her age, Mother manage to land her daughter several small parts. But it wasn’t until Betty played the role of Glenda Crawford in Down Argentine Way in 1940, that the public started to notice her. Sweet Roisie O’Grady and Coney Island, both released in 1943,made her a star. Her famous pin up made her popular around the world and she soon became Hollywood’s highest paid star, prompting 20th Century Fox to insure her legs for a million dollars. Betty remained a favorite until the mid-50’s and the decline in the popularity of musicals. Her last film was How to be Very, Very Popular in 1955. She died of cancer in 1973, but the image of her famous legs lives on.
Betty Grable Gallery