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Betty Grable
Original name: Ruth Elizabeth Grable
Birth: Dec. 18, 1916
Saint Louis
St. Louis City
Missouri, USA
Death: Jul. 2, 1973
Santa Monica
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Actress. She was born Ruth Elizabeth Grable in St. Louis, Missouri the youngest of three children to a truck driver father and a mother who was the ultimate in stage door moms. She began training Ruth literally from the time the child could walk and talk, teaching her to dance, play the saxophone and sing. A family vacation to California when Ruth was twelve, resulted in a longer stay with mom enrolling her in various Hollywood schools for formal training. Her persistent mother was able to land her a screen test resulting in appearing in the movie Happy Days. Upon the studio discovering her real age, voided the contract. Undaunted by this, Betty was presented at the casting offices of Samuel Goldwyn and was on her way with a contract. She married child star Jackie Coogan and his success helped her career by landing a major role in the film, Down Argentina Way. Several comedy movies followed, including Coney Island and Sweet Rosie O'Grady. She sang and danced her way to become the most recognized film figure during the war years. From the movies to television, Betty appeared on many TV shows during the latter 1950s. There was the Shower of Stars, the Jack Benny show and the Lucy Desi Comedy Hour. It was Betty Grable's famous pin-up pose which cemented her stardom during World War II. She became the secret weapon and moral booster of the U.S. Military. Her picture appeared worldwide, in military barracks, soldiers lockers, the fuselage of bombers, trucks, tanks and posters selling war bonds. Betty made many appearances at the Betty Davis sponsored Hollywood Canteen helping to entertain servicemen. With musicals waning in the mid 1950, Betty Grable concentrated on a stage career and appearances in nightclubs. She opened New York's Latin Quarter and starred in many shows in Las Vegas. She opened at the Dunes Hotel in a production of Guys and Doll which lasted a good while and then became a road show. After being a co-host at the Academy Awards in 1972, she experienced trouble breathing and was rushed to a hospital. A heavy smoker, Betty was diagnosed with lung cancer. Without health insurance, she continued to work to pay her hospital bills using a wig to cover her falling hair. She was hospitalized time and time again at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica as the disease continued to spread. Her last stay resulted in death at age 56. The funeral was held at All Saints Episcopal Church in Beverly Hills packed with about every Hollywood show person. Betty's favorite songs were played. Her body was cremated and the ashes interred at Inglewood Memorial Park. During the war years, she was the highest paid performer in films and earned over five million dollars in her career. However, upon her death she had many outstanding debts, from hospital bills to taxes. Her Nevada home was sold to the nearby Tropicana Hotel at auction. A poignant note was left in her empty safety deposit box, "Sorry, there's nothing more." (bio by: Donald Greyfield (inactive)) 
 
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 Parents:
  John Conn Grable (1883 - 1954)
  Lillian Rose Hoffman Grable (1889 - 1964)
 
 Spouses:
  Jackie Coogan (1914 - 1984)
  Harry Haag James (1916 - 1983)
 
 Sibling:
  Marjorie Lucille Grable Arnold (1909 - 1980)*
  Betty Grable (1916 - 1973)
 
*Calculated relationship

Cause of death: Cancer
 
Burial:
Inglewood Park Cemetery
Inglewood
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Plot: Mausoleum of the Golden West, Sanctuary of Dawn, Crypt A78
GPS (lat/lon): 33.97315, -118.33892
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Jan 01, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 409
Betty Grable
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Betty Grable
Added by: Donald Greyfield (inactive)
 
Betty Grable
Added by: Jim Tipton
 
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You're a delcious triple treat...dancer, singer, actress.
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 Added: Jul. 25, 2014

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