Dinah Shore

Dinah Shore

Highest Rated: 100% Till the Clouds Roll By (1947)

Lowest Rated: 67% Fun & Fancy Free (1947)

Birthday: Feb 29, 1916

Birthplace: Not Available

Though many will best remember blonde, Southern charmer Dinah Shore as the hostess of primetime variety shows and daytime talk shows from the early '50s through the late '70s, she was also once a popular big band singer and star of radio and feature films. Born Frances "Fanny" Rose Shore in Winchester, TN, she contracted polio when she was a year and a half old and was left with a crippled right leg that was eventually strengthened by massage, swimming and tennis. Shore attended Vanderbilt University where she was president of her sorority. While in school, she received lessons in voice and acting, gaining early exposure on Nashville's WSM radio. Following graduation in 1938, Shore moved to New York to launch a singing career where she made her professional debut on New York's WNEW radio; her first recordings were made with Xavier Cugat's band. Her first big break came when she was hired to sing with the Leo Reisman Orchestra; Shore took her stage name from a popular song, "Dinah." By 1940, Shore had won many fans and was named "New Star of Radio 1940." She launched her film career in the 1943 revue Thank Your Lucky Stars and went on to appear in a few more films of the '40s and early '50s including Bell of the Yukon (1944) and Aaron Slick of Punkin Crick (1953). But though a talented singer and a pleasant personality, Shore's film career seemed permanently stalled so in 1951, she turned to television. Her first show, The Dinah Shore Show was 15 minutes long and aired twice weekly, featuring singing and the occasional guest. She became the first woman to host her own variety show in 1957 with The Dinah Shore Chevy Show. Shore's daytime talk show of the '60s was characterized by her easy down-home manner and wit that made her a charming cross between Hollywood sophistication and just-plain folksiness. From 1943 and 1962 she was married to actor George Montgomery. In the early '70s she created a stir when she became romantically involved with Burt Reynolds. Shore died of cancer in 1994.

Highest Rated Movies



95% Sing Your Song Dinah Shore $48.2K 2012
No Score Yet TV Mania Too! Actor 2008
No Score Yet Pee-Wee's Playhouse: Christmas Special Actor 1988
No Score Yet Forty Years of Television Broadcast Journalism: A Salute to KTLA Actor 1987
No Score Yet Health Herself 1980
No Score Yet Death Car on the Freeway Lynn Bernheimer 1979
72% Oh, God! Herself 1977
No Score Yet Harold Arlen: An All-Star Tribute Actor 1965
No Score Yet The All-Star Christmas Show (Bing Crosby - Bing Crosby's White Christmas USO All Star Show) Actor 1958
67% Fun & Fancy Free Narrator 1947
100% Till the Clouds Roll By Julie Sanderson 1947
70% Make Mine Music Director Vocalist ("Ballade Ballet") 1946
No Score Yet Belle of the Yukon Lettie Candless 1944
80% Up in Arms Nurse Lt. Virginia Merrill 1944
No Score Yet Follow the Boys Herself - Guest Star 1944
No Score Yet Thank Your Lucky Stars Herself 1943


No Score Yet Great Performances
Appearing 2006
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
Emily Dyers 1989


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