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B. J. Baker

Singer + Bobby + Runner Up
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Betty Jane "B. J. " Rase Baker was a singer who worked with Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, The Righteous Brothers and Sam Cooke, among others. Born Betty Jane Phillips in Birmingham, Alabama, she was Miss Alabama in 1944 as Betty Jane Rase, and was 4th runner-up in the 1944 Miss America Pageant. She was married to Mickey Rooney from 1944 to 1949, and the couple had two children, Mickey Rooney Jr. (b. 1945) and Tim Rooney (1947–2006).… Read More

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CHILDHOOD

1927 Birth Born in 1927.

TEENAGE

1944 17 Years Old 1 More Event
Born Betty Jane Phillips in Birmingham, Alabama, she was Miss Alabama in 1944 as Betty Jane Rase, and was 4th runner-up in the 1944 Miss America Pageant.

TWENTIES

1950 23 Years Old She was married to Buddy Baker (composer) from 1950 to 1957, and Barney Kessel from 1961 until their divorce in 1980.

THIRTIES

1961 34 Years Old In addition to her studio singing, Baker lent her voice to Linda Low's songs in the 1961 film version of Flower Drum Song and to The Story of Babar, the Little Elephant (1968 TV movie), Babar Comes to America (1971 TV movie) and Heidi's Song (1982).

LATE ADULTHOOD

2002 75 Years Old She died in 2002, aged 74, in Rancho Mirage, California, of complications from a stroke.
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