Dorothy Lamour

Actor, Singer, Radio performer
Few Golden Age actresses looked better in a sarong than Dorothy Lamour, but the New Orleans native had more to offer the entertainment world than just her striking multinational beauty. She began her entertainment ... Read more »
Born: 12/10/1914 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Filmography

Actor (68)

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Hope: The First Ninety Years 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Hope & Friends: Making New Memories 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Stars and Stripes: Hollywood and World War II 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 47th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Performer

The 61st Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Performer

Remembering Bing 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Creepshow 2 1987 (Movie)

Martha Spruce (Actor)

Entertaining the Troops 1987 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Happy Birthday, Hollywood! 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1986 - 1987 (Tv Show)

Actor

Legends of the Screen 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Hope Special: Happy Birthday, Bob! 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Death at Love House 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bob Hope Show (04/27/72) 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bob Hope Show (12/07/70) 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

The Phynx 1969 (Movie)

Dorothy Lamour (Actor)

Donovan's Reef 1963 (Movie)

Fleur (Actor)

Pajama Party 1963 (Movie)

Head Saleslady (Actor)

The Road to Hong Kong 1961 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The Arthur Murray Party For Bob Hope 1959 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood Opening Night 1950 - 1953 (TV Show)

Actor

The Greatest Show on Earth 1953 (Movie)

Phyllis (Actor)

Road to Bali 1952 (Movie)

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My Favorite Brunette 1947 (Movie)

Carlotta Montay (Actor)

Road to Rio 1947 (Movie)

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Variety Girl 1947 (Movie)

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The Road to Utopia 1946 (Movie)

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Duffy's Tavern 1945 (Movie)

Dorothy Lamour (Actor)

They Got Me Covered 1942 (Movie)

Christina Hill (Actor)

Road to Morocco 1941 (Movie)

Princess Shalmar (Actor)

Star Spangled Rhythm 1941 (Movie)

Dorothy Lamour- 'Sweater, Sarong & Peekaboo Bang' Number (Actor)

Aloma of the South Seas 1940 (Movie)

Aloma (Actor)

Caught in the Draft 1940 (Movie)

Antoinette 'Tony' Fairbanks (Actor)

Road to Zanzibar 1940 (Movie)

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Moon Over Burma 1939 (Movie)

Arla Dean (Actor)

Road to Singapore 1939 (Movie)

Mima (Actor)

The Big Broadcast of 1938 1937 (Movie)

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Tropic Holiday 1937 (Movie)

Manuela (Actor)

Hurricane 1936 (Movie)

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Swing High, Swing Low 1936 (Movie)

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The Last Train From Madrid 1936 (Movie)

Carmelita Castillo (Actor)

A Medal for Benny (Movie)

Lolita Sierra (Actor)

Aloma of the South Seas (Movie)

Aloma (Actor)

And the Angels Sing (Movie)

Nancy Angel (Actor)

Beyond the Blue Horizon (Movie)

Tama (Actor)

Chad Hanna (Movie)

Albany Yates (Actor)

College Holiday (Movie)

Coed (Actor)

Disputed Passage (Movie)

Audrey Hilton (Actor)

Dixiana (Movie)

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Dixie (Movie)

Millie Cook (Actor)

Her Jungle Love (Movie)

Tura (Actor)

Here Comes the Groom (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

High, Wide and Handsome (Movie)

Molly Fuller (Actor)

Johnny Apollo (Movie)

Mabel "Lucky" DuBarry (Actor)

Manhandled (Movie)

Merl Kramer (Actor)

Masquerade in Mexico (Movie)

Angel O'Reilly (Actor)

Rainbow Island (Movie)

Lona (Actor)

Riding High (Movie)

Ann Castle (Actor)

Slightly French (Movie)

Mary O'Leary (Actor)

Spawn of the North (Movie)

Nicky Duval (Actor)

The Fleet's In (Movie)

The Countess (Actor)

The Jungle Princess (Movie)

Ulah (Actor)

The Lucky Stiff (Movie)

Anna Marie St. Claire (Actor)

Thrill of a Lifetime (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Biography

Few Golden Age actresses looked better in a sarong than Dorothy Lamour, but the New Orleans native had more to offer the entertainment world than just her striking multinational beauty. She began her entertainment career as a singer and it was in that capacity that she first attracted the attention of Hollywood. Lamour found early fame in the adventure yarns "The Jungle Princess" (1936) and "The Hurricane" (1937), and proved to be an appealing romantic interest for Bob Hope and Bing Crosby in "Road to Singapore" (1940). The success of the latter launched a popular series of "Road" movies and Lamour soon found herself known as "The Sarong Girl," even though she only sported one in six of her more than 50 films. She proved to be a capable dramatic performer in efforts like Johnny Apollo" (1940) and "A Medal for Benny" (1945) and was also a hugely popular WWII pin-up girl, yet usually still managed to seem a wholesome and socially acceptable object of desire for the hero. After starting a family, Lamour's output slowed, though she kept her hand in showbiz via both big and small screen appearances and a latter day Broadway debut in the cast of "Oh Captain!" (1958). Audiences gravitated towards Lamour most warmly when she was cast in comedic pictures, but her proven facility in other sorts of roles and notable abilities as a singer demonstrated that she was a lady of considerable talents.

Relationships

Step-Father
last name was Lambour

Granddaughter
survived her

Grandson
survived her

William Ross Howard IV

Step-Son
survived her

William Howard

Husband
Married from 1943 until his death in 1978

John Howard

Son
survived her

Richard Howard

Son
survived her

Herbie Kaye

Husband

John Slaton

Father
divorced from Lamour's mother

Carmen Slaton

Mother
divorced from Lamour's father

Milestones

1991

Performed onstage as narrator and singer in the Stephen Sondheim revue, "Side by Side by Sondheim" at the Grand Hotel in Anaheim, CA

1989

Appeared in the documentary film, "Entertaining the Troops"

1987

Made final film appearance in "Creepshow 2"

1962

Returned to films to play a cameo role in "The Road to Hong Kong", starring Hope and Crosby

1952

Played supporting star or guest star roles in two early 1950s films, but left films for a decade after playing opposite Hope and Crosby in "The Road to Bali"

1949

Last starring vehicle for Paramount, "Manhandled"

1941

Appeared with Paulette Goddard and Veronica Lake in the all-star musical revue "Star Spangled Rhythm", singing a song which parodied aspects of their star images: "A Sweater, a Sarong, and a Peek-a-Boo Bang"

1940

First "Road" picture with Bob Hope and Bing Crosby, "The Road to Singapore"

1938

First film with Bob Hope, "The Big Broadcast of 1938"

1936

Achieved instant star status with her debut appearance in Paramount's "Jungle Princess"

1931

Voted Miss New Orleans

Made occasional appearances onstage in the 1960s and 70s, including performing in the leading role of "Hello, Dolly!" with a touring company in Las Vegas

Toured in one-woman show, singing and reminiscing about her career

Bonus Trivia

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She took her stage name from her stepfather whose last name was Lambour.

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