A dancer, singer, actress, movie star, broadway star...
She did it all. A tribute to my favorite moviestar,
the most beautiful and talanted one of them all:
The Queen Of Technicolor.
For several years she was the highest paid woman in America.
She holds the record for continuous years on the top box office draw list (ten years) and was called 'The Solid Gold Blonde.'
Her legs were insured with Lloyds of London for $1,000,000.
She has been described as "one of the brightest moments in some of the world's darkest days." Her iconic 1943 pin-up photo is included in Life Magazine's "100 Photos that Changed the World." Eisenhower famously described her as "the girl who helped us win the war."
(The song is Disney Girls-The Beach Boys)
Some lovely quotes;
"Somehow I will never be able to believe she is gone... Those beautiful legs, and the pin-up blonde looks, still dancing and dazzling whenever they show her old wartime movies on the television screen. Betty Grable was a star, and there will never be another one like her. When she went, they destroyed the mould!"
--- Diana Dors
"She was a standout in Technicolor. She glowed and her platinum hair, red lips and blue eyes made her an all-American dream girl. Other characters in her films always looked as if they had just wandered from a black-and-white low budget movie!"
"She will always be a symbol of American innocence in those simpler, less complicated times when we were all in love-with love."
"I had the best of both worlds. A family and a career. And millions of friends all over the world."
"Betty was the bread-and-butter star of the studio. Without her, we'd all have been out of work. She particularly impressed me with her no-nonsense approach to her work - and she took trouble to point out many technical details and helped me in every way possible. Considering I was a raw newcomer to movies, she was very generous to me."
--- Mitzi Gaynor
"Betty was a delightful girl. She was everything America stood for in the 1940s and '50s. She was wholesome - the girl next door. The girl you wanted to take home to meet mother. She was always considerate of her co-workers - no tantrums, never late. She was a true professional. I loved working with her."
--- Cesar Romero
"Comedy is the most difficult of acting tasks. Goodness knows how a star like Betty Grable can make people laugh, cry and set their feet tapping - all in one film...that takes talent."
--- Ava Gardner
"I love Betty Grable. I find her very alive, warm, and humorous. And sincere.
She lived up to my every expectation. She is a beautiful and fascinating woman. What a girl."
--- Peter Finch
"Betty was one of the most helpful co-stars I ever worked with. Had she been like some of the other leading ladies I had later in my career, I think I would have quit the film business. There was no big-star pretense about her. She was a very co-operative worker and never kept anybody waiting. A true professional. And what a looker!"
--- Jack Lemmon
"We were all rooting for Betty. After all, she was the biggest name in films and we felt we owed her at least that for keeping us in employment. The industry was going through a very bad time during 1951.
Betty was a fun-loving woman and often kept us laughing. She had a keen wit and a very dry sense of humour. She was friendly, but never fawning or gushing.
Working with her convinced me she has a genuine talent for acting and a fine, self-developed technique for playing comedy. I was awed by the speed with which she understands a script, by her intelligent conserving of her energy during rehersals, and by her reliable habit of never fluffing her lines."
--- Macdonald Carey
"La Grable was a star in the true sense of the word, but like all true stars
she was the last person to think that way about herself and never pulled the star routine on anyone."
--- Diana Dors
"As long as there are movie theatres and movies to run in them, Betty Grable will never die-
for the marvellous thing about film is that it preserves talent, truth and beauty like hers for ever more."
--- Alice Faye
Clips from the movies:
The Dolly Sisters
Pin Up Girl
Down Argentine Way
I Wake Up Screaming
A Yank In The RAF
My Blue Heaven