Rosemary Clooney

Singer, Actor
The career of singer-actor Rosemary Clooney is actually two careers separated by a 20-year gulf of child-raising, marital troubles and substance abuse. Part 1 began in 1945 at the age of 16 when Cincinnati radio station ... Read more »
Born: 05/23/1928 in Maysville, Kentucky, USA

Filmography

Actor (58)

Evening at Pops 1969 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Rosemary Clooney: Girl Singer 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

A Rosie Christmas 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Christmas in Rockefeller Center 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Forever Ella 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Lateline 1956 - 1958, 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Miss Patti Page: The Singing Rage 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Remember WENN 1995 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Great Christmas Movies 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Holiday at Pops! (1997) 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Danny Kaye: A Legacy of Laughter 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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May the Road Rise to Meet You 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Life and Times of Tennessee Ernie Ford 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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A Salute to the Newport Jazz Festival 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Jacksonville Jazz XIV 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Radioland Murders 1994 (Movie)

Anna (Actor)

Wolf Trap Presents a Gift of Music 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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

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The 1993 Crosby Clambake 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Doris Day: A Sentimental Journey 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Michael Feinstein & Friends 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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The Magic of Bing Crosby 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Sinatra 75: The Best Is Yet to Come 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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A Conversation With Dinah 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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National Memorial Day Concert 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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The Music Center 25th Anniversary 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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The Royal Variety Performance 1987 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Happy New Year, U.S.A.! 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrating Gershwin 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Irving Berlin's 100th Birthday Celebration 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Omnibus 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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Eubie Blake: A Century of Music 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

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Twilight Theater 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

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The Pat Boone and Family Christmas Special 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

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Bing!... A 50th Anniversary Gala 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

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On Parade 1963 - 1964 (TV Show)

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The Bing Crosby Show (02/15/64) 1963 - 1964 (TV Show)

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The Losers 1962 - 1963 (TV Show)

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The Rosemary Clooney Show 1956 - 1958 (Tv Show)

Actor

Deep in My Heart 1954 (Movie)

Guest Star (Actor)

Red Garters 1954 (Movie)

Calaveras Kate (Actor)

White Christmas 1954 (Movie)

Betty Haynes (Actor)

Here Come the Girls 1952 (Movie)

(Actor)

Irving Berlin's America (TV Show)

Actor
Music (15)

Friends With Kids 2012 (Movie)

("I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm") (Song Performer)

Repo Men 2010 (Movie)

("Sway (Mucho Mambo)") (Song Performer)

The Lake House 2006 (Movie)

("There Will Never Be Another You") (Song Performer)

Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont 2005 (Movie)

("For All We Know") (Song Performer)

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind 2002 (Movie)

("There's No Business Like Show Business") (Song Performer)

Sonny 2002 (Movie)

("Half As Much") (Song Performer)

Beyond the Mat 1999 (Movie)

("I'll Be Seeing You") (Song Performer)

Mickey Blue Eyes 1999 (Movie)

("Mambo Italiano") (Song Performer)

Soldiers in Greasepaint: The Happy War of the USO 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Chance of a Lifetime 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil 1997 (Movie)

("Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear to Tread)") (Song Performer)

Radioland Murders 1994 (Movie)

("That Old Feeling") (Song Performer)

Ask Me Again 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Married to the Mob 1988 (Movie)

("Mambo Italiano") (Song Performer)

Track 29 1988 (Movie)

("When the Red Red Robin Comes Bob Bob Bobbin' Along "Chattanooga Choo Choo" "Young at Heart") (Song Performer)
Writer (1)

Rosie: The Rosemary Clooney Story (TV Show)

Book as Source Material

Biography

The career of singer-actor Rosemary Clooney is actually two careers separated by a 20-year gulf of child-raising, marital troubles and substance abuse. Part 1 began in 1945 at the age of 16 when Cincinnati radio station WLW hired the Maysville, Kentucky native and her 13-year old sister Betty to sing duets for $20 apiece. Appearances with local bands brought them to the attention of bandleader Tony Pastor, and 'The Clooney Sisters' debuted with his big band at Atlantic City's Steel Pier in 1947. After Betty opted for the quiet life of Cincinnati, Rosemary struck out on her own for NYC, signing a recording contract with Columbia which yielded the star-making hit "Come On-a My House" in 1951. Hollywood beckoned and her appealing chirping style and cute personality made her an immediate screen star in movie musicals like "The Stars Are Singing" (her debut) opposite Anna Maria Alberghetti, "Here Come the Girls" (both 1953) with Bob Hope and "White Christmas" (1954), starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Vera-Allen.

Relationships

Gail Clooney

Sister

Lucas Brandon Jose Ferrer

Grandson
born in June 1993 father, Miguel Ferrer, mother, Leilani Sarelle

Monsita Botwick

Daughter
born in 1960

Cathi Campo

Niece
daughter of Betty Clooney

George Clooney Actor

Nephew
Born on May 6, 1961; son of Rosemary's brother Nick Clooney and Nina Bruce Clooney; starred on NBC's "ER" and the "Ocean's Eleven" (2001) films

Nick Clooney

Brother
host for AMC cable network younger

Betty Clooney

Sister
born c. 1931 died of a brain aneurysm in 1976 appeared as a regular on short-lived "The Jack Parr Show" (CBS, 1954)

Jose Ferrer

Husband
married on July 13, 1953 divorced in 1962 remarried in 1963 divorced in 1967 born on January 8, 1912 died on January 26, 1992

Maria Ferrer

Daughter
born in 1957

Gabriel Ferrer

Son
born in 1959 married to singer-actor Debby Boone

Miguel Ferrer

Son
born on February 7, 1955

Rafael Ferrer

Son
born in 1956

Dustin Ferrer

Granddaughter
born c. 1983 twin of Gabrielle

Gabrielle Ferrer

Granddaughter
born c. 1983 twin of Dustin

Tessa Ferrer

Granddaughter
born c. 1986 father Gabriel Ferrer

Jordon Ferrer

Grandson
born c. 1980 father, Gabriel Ferrer

Dante Paolo

Husband
first met in 1954 dated briefly met again in 1973 moved in together married on November 7, 1997 born c. 1926

Milestones

1998

Song performer ("I Wish You Love"), CBS movie "Chance of a Lifetime"

1997

Sang "Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear to Tread)" for soundtrack of "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil"

1995

Feted on A&E's "The Rosemary Clooney Golden Anniversary Celebration"; brother Nick Clooney and his son George were among the guests

1994

Guest-starred as Madame X, an Alzheimer patient prone to belting out songs without warning, on two episodes during the first season of NBC drama series "ER", starring her nephew George Clooney; received Emmy nomination

1993

Appeared as Gladys on "Miracle on Third or Fourth Street" episode of NBC sitcom "Frazier"

1993

"A Tribute to Bing Crosby" won her accolades at Carnegie Hall

1991

First-ever Carnegie Hall performance, "In Concert: Rosemary Clooney and the Arrangers"

1987

TV acting debut as a Bible-toting murderess in CBS movie "Sister Margaret and the Saturday Night Ladies", although a guest-starring role on an episode of "Hardcastle and McCormick" (ABC) actually aired first

1987

Performed three songs for the feature "Track 29"

1982

CBS movie "Rosie: The Rosemary Clooney Story", adapted from her autobiography, "This For Remembrance"; also credited as song performer

1977

First release with Concord Jazz, "Everything's Coming Up Rosie"

1977

Toured with Bing Crosby during last year of his life (date approximate)

1957

Moved to NBC to host a new "The Rosemary Clooney Show"

1956

Hosted a short-lived synicated program of music and songs, "The Rosemary Clooney Show"

1954

Starred along with Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Vera-Allen in "White Christmas", a partial reworking of "Holiday Inn" (1942)

1954

Guest-starred in "Deep in My Heart", starring husband Jose Ferrer; last film acting appearance to date

1953

Acted opposite Bob Hope in "Here Come the Girls"

1953

Film debut opposite Anna Maria Alberghetti, "The Stars Are Shining", in which she sang "Come On-a My House"

1952

First appearance on "The Bob Hope Show" (NBC)

1951

Enormous success of "Come On-a My House" catapulted her to stardom

1949

Struck out on her own for New York, where she signed a recording contract with Columbia Records

1949

Fed up with touring, Betty decided she preferred a quiter life and returned to Cincinnati (date approximate)

1947

Debuted with Pastor's big band at the Steel Pier in Atlantic City

1944

At age 16, hired to sing duets with her 13-year old sister Betty on Cincinnati radio station WLW for $20 apiece

Appearances with local bands brought 'The Clooney Sisters' to attention of bandleader Tony Pastor

Period of relative inactivity except for guest appearances on "The Bob Hope Show" (NBC) and "The Bing Crosby Show" (ABC & CBS), as well as some specials

Made one of earliest TV appearances on "The Morey Amsterdam Show" (CBS)

Bonus Trivia

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In July 1995, ASCAP awarded Rosemary with the Pied Piper Award, describing her as "an American Musical Treasure and one of the best friends a song ever had."

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In January 2002, Clooney underwent surgery for lung cancer.

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