Betty Grable

Dancer + Singer + Actress
Born Dec 18, 1916

Elizabeth Ruth "Betty" Grable was an American actress, dancer, and singer. Grable was celebrated for having the most beautiful legs in Hollywood and studio publicity widely dispersed photos featuring them. Her iconic bathing suit poster made her the number-one pin-up girl of the World War II era. It was later included in the LIFE magazine project "100 Photos that Changed the World".… Read More

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1916 Birth Betty Grable was born Elizabeth Ruth Grable on December 18, 1916, in St. Louis, Missouri. … Read More


1929 12 Years Old A 12-year-old Grable and her mother traveled to Hollywood in 1929, shortly after the infamous stock market crash, hoping to achieve stardom. … Read More
1930 13 Years Old In 1930, at age 13, Grable began a partnership with producer Samuel Goldwyn; she thereby became one of the original Goldwyn Girls, along with Lucille Ball, Virginia Bruce, and Paulette Goddard. … Read More
1932 15 Years Old In 1932, she signed a contract with RKO Radio Pictures, and she was assigned to a succession of acting, singing, and dancing classes at the studio's drama school. … Read More
1933 16 Years Old Over the next few years, however, she was again relegated to uncredited minor roles in a series of films, many of them that became worldwide successes, like the 1933 hit Cavalcade. … Read More


1937 20 Years Old Grable married former child actor Jackie Coogan in 1937. He was under considerable stress from a lawsuit against his parents over his childhood earnings, and the couple divorced in 1939.
1939 22 Years Old In 1939, she appeared opposite her then-husband Jackie Coogan in Million Dollar Legs, a B movie comedy from whose title Grable's famous nickname was taken. … Read More
1940 23 Years Old In a 1940 interview, Grable stated she was "sick and tired" of show business and that she was considering retirement. … Read More
1941 24 Years Old In 1941, Fox attempted to broaden Grable's acting and audience range by casting her in two films with more serious tones than those in which she had starred previously. … Read More
…  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. … Read More
1944 27 Years Old …  Pin Up Girl co-starred comedians Martha Raye and Joe E. Brown and was released in April 1944 to overwhelming success at the box office. … Read More


1947 - 1949 3 More Events
Wabash Avenue was released in May 1950, and was a box office hit, despite its less-than-favorable critical reviews.
1952 35 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1952, Grable began renegotiating her contract with Fox. … Read More
1956 39 Years Old …  In 1956, she did attempt to return to acting in Samuel Goldwyn's film version of Guys and Dolls. … Read More


1967 50 Years Old She also appeared on Broadway in "Hello Dolly" in 1967.
1973 56 Years Old 1 More Event
Grable died of lung cancer at age 56 in Los Angeles, California, on July 2, 1973. … Read More
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