Saturday, December 18, 2010

Happy Birthday: Betty Grable!

Betty Grable (December 18, 1916 – July 2, 1973), bathing suit photo made her the number-one pin-up girl of the World War II. It was included in the Life magazine project "100 Photos that Changed the World". Grable was known for having the most beautiful legs in Hollywood and her legs were insured by her studio for $1,000,000 with Lloyds of London.

In 1943, she married trumpeter and big band leader Harry James. The couple had two daughters, Victoria and Jessica. The couple divorced in 1965. Grable, had a relationship with a dancer, Bob Remick several years her junior. Though they did not marry, their romance lasted until the end of Grable's life.

I think.. my first Betty Grable movie was, How to Marry a Millionaire(1953). A romantic comedy film, directed by Jean Negulesco and produced and written by Nunnally Johnson. The music score was by Alfred Newman and the cinematography by Joseph MacDonald. The costume design was by Travilla. Cast: Betty Grable, Marilyn Monroe, and Lauren Bacall as fortune hunters with William Powell, David Wayne, Rory Calhoun, Cameron Mitchell, Alexander D'Arcy and Fred Clark.

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