Betty Grable

Actor, Singer, Dancer
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 ... Read more »
Born: 12/18/1916 in St Louis, Missouri, USA


Actor (46)

Going Hollywood: The War Years 1987 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The Fabulous Fordies 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)


The Bob Hope Show (01/25/57) 1956 - 1957 (TV Show)


How to Be Very, Very Popular 1955 (Movie)

Stormy (Actor)

Three For the Show 1955 (Movie)

Julie (Actor)

How to Marry a Millionaire 1952 (Movie)

Loco Dempsey (Actor)

The Beautiful Blonde From Bashful Bend 1949 (Movie)

Winifred "Freddie" Jones (Actor)

Springtime in the Rockies 1941 (Movie)

Vicky Lane (Actor)

College Swing 1937 (Movie)


Give Me a Sailor 1937 (Movie)


Pigskin Parade 1935 (Movie)

Laura Watson (Actor)

The Gay Divorcee 1934 (Movie)

Dancer (Actor)

Cavalcade 1932 (Movie)


The Kid From Spain 1931 (Movie)

Goldwyn Girl (Actor)

Child of Manhattan (Movie)

Lucy (Actor)

Coney Island (Movie)

Kate Farley (Actor)

Diamond Horseshoe (Movie)

Bonnie Collins (Actor)

Do You Love Me? (Movie)

Guest (Actor)

Down Argentine Way (Movie)

Glenda Crawford (Actor)

Follow the Fleet (Movie)

Trio Singer (Actor)

Footlight Serenade (Movie)

Pat Lambert (Actor)

Four Jills in a Jeep (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Hold 'em Jail (Movie)

Barbara Jones (Actor)

I Wake Up Screaming (Movie)

Jill Lynn (Actor)

Kiki (Movie)

Bit Part (Actor)

Meet Me After the Show (Movie)

Delilah Lee (Actor)

Melody Cruise (Movie)

Stewardess (Actor)

Million Dollar Legs (Movie)

Carol Parker (Actor)

Mother Wore Tights (Movie)

Myrtle McKinley Burt (Actor)

Old Man Rhythm (Movie)

Sylvia (Actor)

Palmy Days (Movie)

Goldwyn Girl (Actor)

Pin-Up Girl (Movie)

Lorry Jones (Actor)

Probation (Movie)

Bit Part (Actor)

Song of the Islands (Movie)

Eileen O'Brien (Actor)

That Lady in Ermine (Movie)

Francesca (Actor)

The Day the Bookies Wept (Movie)

Ina Firpo (Actor)

The Dolly Sisters (Movie)

Jenny Dolly (Actor)

The Greeks Had a Word for Them (Movie)

Bit Part (Actor)

The Nitwits (Movie)

Mary Roberts (Actor)

The Shocking Miss Pilgrim (Movie)

Cynthia Pilgrim (Actor)

Thrill of a Lifetime (Movie)

Gwen (Actor)

Tin Pan Alley (Movie)

Lily Blane (Actor)

Wabash Avenue (Movie)

Ruby Summers (Actor)

What Price Innocence? (Movie)

Beverly Bennett (Actor)

When My Baby Smiles at Me (Movie)

Bonny (Actor)

Whoopee! (Movie)

Goldwyn Girl (Actor)


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.


Jackie Coogan

married in 1937 divorced in 1940

Harry James

married in 1943 divorced in 1965


Hollywood Professional School

Los Angeles, California



Made last film, "How to Be Very, Very Popular"


Last appearance on exhibitors' top ten boxoffice list; placed third


Made first of four films co-starring Dan Dailey, "Mother Wore Tights"


Made first of four films in which Cesar Romero was one of her leading men, "Springtime in the Rockies"


First made annual exhibitors' list of top ten boxoffice stars, placing eighth; would make the list for ten years in a row (the only female star ever to do so)


Appeared in first of four starring films opposite John Payne, "Tin Pan Alley", which also co-starred 20th Century Fox's other leading blonde female musical star, Alice Faye; Grable and Payne had earlier appeared together in "College Swing" (1938) but were


Achieved star status in film with "Down Argentine Way"


Signed by Samuel Goldwyn, who changed her name to Frances Dean; began playing bit parts in films, beginning with the Samuel Goldwyn-produced musical "Whoopee" starring Eddie Cantor

Appeared on Broadway in the late 1960s in the title role of long-running hit musical, "Hello, Dolly!", After Carol Channing, Ginger Rogers and Martha Raye had already played the title role; also went on tour with a company with the play

Bonus Trivia


Grable's boxoffice potency (and durability) is proven by her record in the annual poll of exhibitors for their top ten stars: 8th place in 1942, 1st in 1943, 4th in 1944 and 1945, 9th in 1946, 2nd in 1947 and 1948, 7th in 1949, 4th in 1950, and 3rd in 1951. No other female star in the history of the poll (which began in 1932) has made the list ten years in a row (the female stars who come the closest are Doris Day and Barbra Streisand).