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Summary Article: Grable, Betty (Elizabeth Ruth)
from Chambers Biographical Dictionary

1916-73

US actress

Born in St Louis, Missouri, she lived in Los Angeles from 1928 and studied dancing, subsequently making her film debut as a chorus girl in Let's Go Places (1930). She appeared in numerous small roles throughout the next decade but began to build a following at Twentieth Century Fox, appearing in such popular films as Down Argentine Way (1940) and Moon Over Miami (1941). Her girl-next-door good looks and shapely legs made her a favourite pin-up girl of wartime troops. Her most successful films, usually musicals, include The Dolly Sisters (1945), Mother Wore Tights (1947) and How to Marry a Millionaire (1953). Her last film appearance was in How to Be Very, Very Popular (1955) but she continued to work in cabaret and on stage in such productions as Hello,Dolly! (1965-67) and Belle Starr (1969).

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