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Subject: ARCHIVE: July 2, 1973 ~BETTY GRABLE, Hollywood star, whose career began in the 1930s with her marriage to former junior actor Jackie Coogan and later bandleader Harry James, gained popular fame for her iconic WWII pin-up image, remembered for classic musical films like "How To Marry A Millionaire", "Down Argentine Way", and "The Dolly Sister", dies from cancer at 56. ...

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Date Posted: Thursday, July 02, 05:25:19am

Betty Grable
[ Elizabeth Ruth Grable ]
(December 18, 1916 July 2, 1973)

American actress, pin-up girl, dancer, model, and singer. Her 42 films during the 1930s and 1940s grossed more than $100 million, for 10 consecutive years (19421951) she reigned in the Quigley Poll's Top 10 box office stars (a feat only matched by Doris Day and Barbra Streisand). The U.S. Treasury Department in 1946 and 1947 listed her as the highest-salaried American woman; she earned more than $3 million during her career.

Grable began her film career in 1929 at age 12, after which she was fired from a contract when it was learned she signed up under false identification. She had contracts with RKO and Paramount Pictures during the 1930s, and appeared in a string of B movies, mostly portraying college students. Grable came to prominence in the Broadway musical DuBarry Was a Lady (1939), which brought her to the attention of 20th Century-Fox.

She replaced Alice Faye in Down Argentine Way (1940), her first major Hollywood film, and became Fox's biggest film star throughout the remaining decade. Fox cast Grable in a succession of Technicolor musicals during the decade that were immensely popular, co-starring with such leading men as Victor Mature, Don Ameche, John Payne, and Tyrone Power. In 1943, she was the number-one box-office draw in the world and, in 1947, she was the highest-paid entertainer in the United States. Two of her biggest film successes were the musical Mother Wore Tights (1947) and the comedy How to Marry a Millionaire (1953), one of her last films. Grable retired from screen acting in 1955 after she withdrew from her Fox contract, although she continued to perform on the stage and on television.

Throughout her career, Grable was a celebrated sex symbol. Her bathing suit poster made her the number-one pin-up girl of World War II, surpassing Rita Hayworth. It was later included in the Life magazine project "100 Photographs That Changed the World". Hosiery specialists of the era often noted the ideal proportions of her legs as thigh (18.5 in (47 cm)), calf (12 in (30 cm)), and ankle (7.5 in (19 cm)). Grable's legs were insured by her studio for $1 million as a publicity stunt. Describing her film career, Grable said "I became a star for two reasons, and I'm standing on them."

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Grable is among the few celebs interred with her parents.Actually, her ashes are with mother, and sister Marjorie are with their father, nearby.Thursday, July 02, 05:31:26am
ARCHIVE: July 2, 1973 ~On that same day Pro Racer SWEDE SAVAGE dies a month after a horrific firey crash at the annual Indianapolis 500 speedway. Ironically, many believed he may have survived medical treatment, but due to damaged lungs, and allegedly receiving contaminated plasma, Savage contracted hepatitis B from a transfusion, causing his liver to fail, dies at 26. ...Bio & PHOTOThursday, July 02, 06:12:53am
Betty Grable gone 47 years! Hard to wrap my head around that one. And she was only 56 years old. (NT)Danny (Louisville)Thursday, July 02, 10:25:17am
July 1973 was a bad month for film stars' deathsSherlockThursday, July 02, 11:35:36am
Yes, like the first week of July 1991, also had it's number of Hollywood deaths! ...ListThursday, July 02, 04:35:51pm

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