Betty Grable

Betty Grable

Highest Rated: 93% The Gay Divorcee (1934)

Lowest Rated: 33% Pin Up Girl (1944)

Birthday: Dec 18, 1916

Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, USA

The biggest box office star of the 1940s and the most desired WWII pin-up girl, acting-singing-dancing triple-threat Betty Grable became the stuff of Hollywood legend after her studio reportedly insured her famously gorgeous legs for $1 million with Lloyd's of London - the same legs that were captured in one of the most iconic photographic images of the 20th century. After a decade of toiling with minor roles in dozens of films, Grable rose to fame with the musical "Down Argentine Way" (1940). From there it was on to a string of hits alongside leading men that included Victor Mature, Cesar Romero and Dan Dailey in such films as "I Wake Up Screaming" (1941), "Coney Island" (1943) and "Mother Wore Tights" (1947), respectively. So desired was the bubbly blonde that bandleader Harry James became the most envied man in America when he famously wed the pin-up queen in 1943. Grable single-handedly caused Twentieth Century stock to soar for a solid decade before the girl-next-door's Technicolor reign began to wind down. Even as the sun was setting on Grable's movie career by the early 1950s - as had her desire to continue to make movies - she enjoyed one final hit as she passed the torch to her successor and fellow Fox contract player, Marilyn Monroe, in "How to Marry a Millionaire" (1953). Grable gracefully retired from film two years later and enjoyed a brief run in a hugely successful Broadway mounting of "Hello, Dolly!" in 1967 before her untimely passing six years later. While some of the films in her incredibly prolific canon may not have stood the test of time, there was no denying the joy Betty Grable brought to many fans, both at home and abroad, during that pivotal decade in American history.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Some of Manie's Friends Unknown (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet How to Be Very, Very Popular Stormy Tornado (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet 50% Three for the Show Julie Lowndes (Character) - 1955
84% 78% How to Marry a Millionaire Loco Dempsey (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Farmer Takes a Wife Molly Larkins (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet Call Me Mister Kay Hudson (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet Meet Me After the Show Delilah Lee (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet 65% My Blue Heaven Kitty Moran (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wabash Avenue Ruby Summers (Character) - 1950
63% 48% The Beautiful Blonde From Bashful Bend Freddie (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet 36% That Lady in Ermine Francesca/Angelina (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet No Score Yet When My Baby Smiles at Me Bonny Kane (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet 70% Mother Wore Tights Mother (Character) - 1947
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Shocking Miss Pilgrim Cynthia Pilgrim (Character) - 1947
No Score Yet No Score Yet Do You Love Me? Barry's Fan in Taxi (Character) - 1946
No Score Yet 54% The Dolly Sisters Yansci "Jenny" Dolly (Character) - 1946
No Score Yet No Score Yet The All-Star Bond Rally Unknown (Character) - 1945
No Score Yet No Score Yet Billy Rose's Diamond Horseshoe Bonnie Collins (Character) - 1945
33% 57% Pin Up Girl Lorry Jones (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet 56% Four Jills in a Jeep Herself (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet No Score Yet Coney Island Kate Farley (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sweet Rosie O'Grady Madeleine "Madge" Marlowe/Rosie O'Grady (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet 43% Song of the Islands Eileen O'Brien (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet 62% Springtime in the Rockies Vicky Lane (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet No Score Yet Footlight Serenade Pat Lambert (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet 67% Moon Over Miami Kathryn 'Kay' Latimer, also called Miss Adams (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet 30% A Yank in the RAF Carol Brown (Character) - 1941
86% 68% I Wake Up Screaming Jill Lynn (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet 56% Down Argentine Way Unknown (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet 43% Tin Pan Alley Lily Blane (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet No Score Yet Man About Town Susan Hayes (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Day the Bookies Wept Ina Firpo (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet No Score Yet Million Dollar Legs Carol Parker (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet 60% Give Me a Sailor Nancy Larkin (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet No Score Yet Campus Confessions Joyce Gilmore (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet No Score Yet This Way Please Jane Morrow (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet No Score Yet Collegiate Dorothy (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet No Score Yet Don't Turn 'Em Loose Mildred Webster (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet 43% Pigskin Parade Laura Watson (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet 29% The Nitwits Mary Roberts (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet No Score Yet By Your Leave Frances Gretchell (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Night at the Biltmore Bowl Herself (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet No Score Yet Old Man Rhythm Sylvia (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet No Score Yet Student Tour Cayenne (Character) - 1934
93% 81% The Gay Divorcee Guest (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet No Score Yet Love Detectives Alice (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet No Score Yet Child of Manhattan Lucy (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet No Score Yet Melody Cruise First Stewardess (uncredited) (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet No Score Yet What Price Innocence? Beverly Bennett (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet No Score Yet Probation Ruth (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hold 'Em Jail Barbara (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet No Score Yet Three Broadway Girls Hat Check Girl (Character) - 1932

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Carol Burnett Show Guest 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1967 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet We Love Lucy Unknown (Guest Star) 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour Unknown (Guest Star) 1958

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