Dinah Shore
Singer, Actress
Dinah Shore
Dinah Shore was an American singer, actress, and television personality. She reached the height of her popularity as a recording artist during the Big Band era of the 1940s and 1950s, but achieved even greater success a decade later, in television, mainly as hostess of a series of variety programs for Chevrolet.
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VouLee Giokaris, Costumer on Stylish Hollywood Classics, Dies at 92 - Hollywood Reporter
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According to her nephew, Emmy-winning editor Nicholas Eliopoulos, Giokaris dated Burt Reynolds shortly after he broke up with Dinah Shore. VouLee also did costumes or wardrobe on such films as Otto Preminger 1959 pair Porgy and Bess and Anatomy of a
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Chevy marks centennial - Calgary Herald
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The song later became attached to Dinah Shore, who sang it beginning in 1952 as a two-minute long television commercial. And to prove that See the USA in Your Chevrolet still has gas in the tank, earlier this year for a commercial aired during the
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OP-ED: Football, Cheerleaders and the Band Played Dixie - HNN Huntingtonnews.net
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Dixie has been performed by many great musicians including; Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Lawrence Welk, Louis Armstrong, Dinah Shore, John Phillip Sousa, Osmond Brothers, Boxcar Willie, Jane Froman, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Mitch Miller,
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Colorado golfer earns Dinah Shore Scholarship - The Desert Sun
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The LPGA Foundation has announced its annual Dinah Shore Scholarship has been awarded to Marlie Fisher, who graduated in 2011 from Grandview High School in Aurora, Colo. The $5000 scholarship was established in 1994 to honor the late Dinah Shore,
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Hey, Terrorists: 'You Missed the Target' - Patch.com
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What about Dinah Shore or the Jersey shore? Or have you heard the one about “What Did Delaware, Boys? I don't know, Alaska?” Just a little ditty from Perry Como. (You know him, right? Sing to me, Mr. C.) I've got one for you—how about the Rat Pack or
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Castrale's golf future up in the air - The Desert Sun
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Nicole Castrale tees off at the 11th hole on the Dinah Shore Course at the Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage during the 2008 Kraft Nabisco Championship. / Marilyn Chung, Desert Sun file photo PALM DESERT — With all the confusion around
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LPGA Foundation announces 2011 Scholarship Winners - TheSportsCampus.com
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The LPGA Foundation has announced their annual scholarship award winners for 2011 and 12 high-school seniors were selected to receive the Dinah Shore Scholarship, Phyllis G. Meekins Scholarship, and Marilynn Smith Scholarships
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Gainesville choir prepares for 1950s musical variety show - The Independent Florida Alligator
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Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Patsy Cline, Dinah Shore, Walter Cronkite and Ed Sullivan are alive and rehearsing for their upcoming performance in Gainesville. The Gainesville Harmony Show Chorus has been preparing for the 1950s Musical Variety Show
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Look like Dinah Shore? Get America On Wheels passes - Allentown Morning Call
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Remember Dinah Shore, the singer and actress who became known for her jingle "See the USA in Your Chevrolet" back in the 1950s? If you think you look like Dinah you could win free tickets to America On Wheels in Allentown by dressing up like Dinah for
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Quick 18: Stricker, Donald among best without major - PGA Tour
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Amy Alcott never hurt herself diving in at the Kraft Nabisco -- well, Dinah Shore in her day -- but Levet broke a shin bone and will be sidelined for the British Open this week. 17. Jim Harbaugh pulls out of the American Century Championship celebrity
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Suspect in fatal DUI crash to enter plea - The Desert Sun
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Courtesy of Cathedral City Police Department Police say Jose Lopez Ramirez, 49, was behind the wheel May 21 when he crashed this vehicle near Cathedral Canyon and Dinah Shore drives. Ramirez is set to enter a plea today. A Cathedral City man suspected
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'61*,' 'When It Was a Game' will score big with baseball fans - The Virginian-Pilot
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Twenty-one years later, Crystal was on Dinah Shore's show to talk about his show, “Soap.” Mantle was on that day, too. Crystal pulled out the program Mantle had autographed for him back in 1956 and got him to sign it again. They became lasting friends
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Just like the Hope, LPGA event removed Shore's name - The Desert Sun
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Desert legends Dinah Shore (left) and Bob Hope both gave their names to pro golf tournaments in the valley only to see both eventually removed and replaced with corporate names. / The Desert Sun file photos A big entertainment star becomes important to
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Bob Hope goes the way of Dinah Shore in professional golf - Waggle Room
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With naming rights the name of the game in all professional sports (extra credit if you can name the teams that play at Petco Park, Gillette Stadium, or Arco Arena), it should come as no surprise to golf fans that Hope has gone the way of Dinah Shore
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Why We Should Still Honor America - Charisma News Online
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Bob Hope, Dinah Shore, Jack Benny, Glen Campbell, The New Christy Minstrels and Teresa Graves were among those who performed that day. According to liner notes on the album, Honor America Day was denounced by the extreme right and the extreme left,
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AJGA produces opposite final rounds - The Desert Sun
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Park began the final round in the heat at the Dinah Shore Tournament Course at Mission Hills Country Club with a three-shot lead, and she led Lee by six shots. But while Kim was crafting a 2-under 70 to finish at 6-under 210, Lee was ripping through
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Producer from TV's early days dies at 89 - TheChronicleHerald.ca
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Bob Banner, a producer during television's early years who encouraged Carol Burnett to open her show by answering questions and Dinah Shore to end hers by blowing a kiss, died Wednesday at a retirement home in the
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Bob Banner Dies at 89; Producer in TV's Infancy - New York Times
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Bob Banner, a producer during television's early years who encouraged Carol Burnett to open her show by answering questions and Dinah Shore to end hers by blowing a kiss, died on Wednesday at a retirement home in the Woodland Hills ... - -
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Dinah Shore
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1994
    Age 77
    In acknowledgment of her contributions to golf, Shore was elected an honorary member of the LPGA Hall of Fame in 1994.
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  • 1993
    Age 76
    In the spring of 1993, Shore was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
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    She also received the 1993 Old Tom Morris Award from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, GCSAA's highest honor.
    More Details Hide Details In 1963, she hired Mid-century modern architect Donald Wexler to design her home in Palm Springs. The house was sold to actor Leonardo DiCaprio in 2014 for close to $5.5 million.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1976
    Age 59
    In the summer of 1976, Shore hosted Dinah and her New Best Friends, an eight-week summer replacement series for The Carol Burnett Show that featured a cast of young hopefuls such as Diana Canova and Gary Mule Deer along with guests such as CBS stars Jean Stapleton and Linda Lavin.
    More Details Hide Details She guest starred on Pee-wee's Playhouse Christmas Special, calling Pee-wee on his picturephone and singing The 12 Days of Christmas. Throughout the special, Pee-wee walks past the picturephone, only to hear her going past the original 12 days (" on the 500th day of Christmas ") Shore finished her television career hosting A Conversation with Dinah (1989–1992) on the cable network TNN (The Nashville Network). This half-hour show consisted of one-on-one interviews with celebrities and comedians (such as Bob Hope), former boyfriends (Burt Reynolds in a special one-hour episode) and political figures (President Gerald Ford and his wife, Betty.) In a coup, Shore got former First Lady Nancy Reagan's first post-White House interview. Around this time, she gained a contract as television spokeswoman for Holly Farms chicken. (In the 1980s, Shore sang in Glendale Federal Bank television commercials.) Her last television special, Dinah Comes Home, (TNN 1991) brought Shore's career full circle, taking her back to the stage of the Grand Ole Opry, which she first visited some 60 years earlier. Shore won nine Emmys, a Peabody Award and a Golden Globe.
    There were unexpected rock music performances, among them Tina Turner, David Bowie, and Iggy Pop. Shore also appeared on the Norman Lear comedy-soap opera Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman in April 1976.
    More Details Hide Details On the show, Dinah interviewed country singing character Loretta Haggars (played by Mary Kay Place) and included a controversial comment from Miss Haggars during her appearance on a "Live" airing of Ms. Shore's talk show. Shore had the misfortune of interviewing the comedian Andy Kaufman in his Tony Clifton guise on her show. He took deliberate offense at her questions and eventually tipped a pan of eggs over her head. This program was taped live in front of a studio audience and the "Egg" segment was never aired; it is believed that the offending footage was destroyed. Shore's producers superimposed titles such as "This is a put on" over the footage that was eventually aired, including an uncomfortable duet of "Anything You Can Do", and his solo of "On The Street Where You Live". Shooting was stopped and Kaufman was escorted out of the studio.
  • 1970
    Age 53
    From 1970 through 1980, Shore hosted two daytime programs, Dinah's Place (1970–1974) on NBC and Dinah! (later Dinah and Friends) in syndication from 1974 through 1980 and a third cable program from 1989–1992.
    More Details Hide Details Dinah's Place, primarily sponsored by Colgate-Palmolive (which later sponsored her women's golf tournament), was a 30-minute Monday-through-Friday program broadcast at 10:00am(et) over NBC, her network home since 1939. Shore described this show as a "Do-Show" as opposed to a chat show because she would have her guests demonstrate an unexpected skill, for example Frank Sinatra sharing his spaghetti sauce recipe, Spiro Agnew playing keyboard accompanying Dinah on "Sophisticated Lady", or Ginger Rogers showing Shore how to throw a clay pot on a potter's wheel. Although Dinah's Place featured famous guest stars, often Shore grilled lesser-known lifestyle experts on nutrition, exercise or homemaking. Despite being one of the more popular programs in NBC's morning lineup, this show left the air in 1974 after NBC sent a telegram to Dinah congratulating her on her Emmy win—at the same time informing her the show was being cancelled, because it broke up a "game show programming block". Thus ended the network's 35-year association with Shore. She returned that fall with Dinah!, a syndicated 90 minute daily talk show (also seen in a 60-minute version on some stations) that put the focus on top guest stars and entertainment. This show was seen as competition for Mike Douglas and Merv Griffin, whose shows had been on the air for 10 years when Dinah! debuted. Frequent guests included entertainment figures (Lucille Ball, Bob Hope and James Stewart) as well as regular contributors including lifestyle guru Dr. Wayne Dyer.
  • FORTIES
  • 1960
    Age 43
    The Dinah Shore Chevy Show ran through the 1960–1961 season, after which Chevrolet dropped sponsorship, and Shore hosted a series of monthly broadcasts sponsored by The American Dairy Association and Green Stamps.
    More Details Hide Details Simply called "The Dinah Shore Show", Dinah's guests included Nat "King" Cole, Bing Crosby, Jack Lemmon, and a young Barbra Streisand. Over twelve seasons, from 1951 to 1963, Shore made 125 hour-long programs and 444 fifteen-minute shows. She always ended her televised programs by throwing an enthusiastic kiss directly to the cameras (and viewers) and exclaiming "MWAH!" to the audience.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1956
    Age 39
    In 1956, Shore began hosting a monthly series of one-hour full-color spectaculars as part of NBC's The Chevy Show series.
    More Details Hide Details These proved so popular that the show was renamed The Dinah Shore Chevy Show the following season, with Shore becoming the full-time host, helming three out of four weeks in the month. Broadcast live and in NBC's famous "Living Color," this variety show was one of the most popular of the 1950s and early 1960s and featured the television debuts of stars of the era, such as Yves Montand and Maureen O'Hara, and featured Dinah in performances alongside Ella Fitzgerald, Mahalia Jackson, Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra and Pearl Bailey. Tennessee Ernie Ford was a featured guest on one show, and she introduced him, tongue-in-cheek, as "Tennessee Ernie CHEVROLET!!" She also appeared as a guest on another Chevrolet-sponsored variety show, The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom on ABC.
    In 1956, Shore won the first of her many Emmy Awards for the program, which was sponsored by Chevrolet.
    More Details Hide Details The sponsor's theme song, "See the USA in Your Chevrolet", soon became the singer's signature piece.
  • 1951
    Age 34
    Vic Schoen was her musical director from 1951–54, and also arranged music for her on the Colgate Comedy Hour (1954).
    More Details Hide Details She did two 15-minute shows a week for NBC. She guest starred on another 15-minute series, The Tony Martin Show starring entertainer Tony Martin, but Martin's short program never acquired the popular success as did Shore's.
    After guest spots on many television shows, she was given her own program, The Dinah Shore Show on NBC on November 27, 1951.
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  • 1949
    Age 32
    Twelve years later, in 1949, she made her commercial television debut on the Ed Wynn Show from Los Angeles over CBS and on Easter Sunday 1950, made a guest appearance on Bob Hope's first network television show on NBC.
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    One of her most popular recordings was the holiday perennial "Baby, It's Cold Outside" with Buddy Clark from 1949.
    More Details Hide Details The song was covered by many other artists, such as Ella Fitzgerald. Other hits during her four years at Columbia included "Laughing on the Outside (Crying on the Inside)", "I Wish I Didn't Love You So", "I Love You (For Sentimental Reasons)", "Doin' What Comes Naturally", and "Dear Hearts And Gentle People". She was a regular with Jack Smith on his quarter-hour radio show on CBS. Shore was a musical guest in the films Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943), Follow the Boys (1944) and Till the Clouds Roll By (1946) and had starring roles in Danny Kaye's debut Up in Arms (1944) and Belle of the Yukon (1944). She lent her musical voice to two Disney films: Make Mine Music (1946) and Fun and Fancy Free (1947). Her last starring film role was for Paramount Pictures in Aaron Slick from Punkin Crick (1952), co-starring Alan Young and Metropolitan Opera star Robert Merrill.
  • 1948
    Age 31
    She gave birth to daughter Melissa Ann, now known as Melissa Montgomery, in January 1948.
    More Details Hide Details She later adopted her son, John David "Jody" Montgomery. The author of Mr. S, Frank Sinatra's longtime valet George Jacobs, claimed Shore and Sinatra had a long-standing affair in the 1950s. After her divorce from Montgomery, she briefly married Maurice Smith. Romances of the later 1960s involved comedian Dick Martin, singer Eddie Fisher, and actor Rod Taylor. In the early 1970s, Shore had a long and happy public romance with actor Burt Reynolds who was twenty years her junior. The relationship gave Shore an updated, sexy image, and took some of the pressure off Reynolds in maintaining his image as a ladies' man. The couple was featured in the tabloids and after the relationship cooled, the tabloids paired Shore with other younger men, including Wayne Rogers, Andy Williams, Iggy Pop and "Tarzan" actor Ron Ely. In her later years, Shore also dated novelist Sidney Sheldon, Dean Martin, and former New York Governor Hugh Carey.
    At Columbia, Shore enjoyed the greatest commercial success of her recording career, starting with her first Columbia single release, "Shoo Fly Pie And Apple Pan Dowdy", and peaking with the most popular song of 1948, "Buttons and Bows", (with Henri René & Orchestra) which was number one for ten weeks.
    More Details Hide Details Other number one hits at Columbia included "The Gypsy" and "The Anniversary Song".
  • TWENTIES
  • 1946
    Age 29
    In early 1946, she moved to another label, Columbia Records.
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  • 1943
    Age 26
    Shore was married to actor George Montgomery from 1943 to 1962.
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    They married on December 3, 1943, shortly before he went into service.
    More Details Hide Details When he returned, they settled in San Fernando, California. In 1948, their first child was born, a daughter named Melissa Ann, and they adopted a son in 1954 named John David before moving to Beverly Hills. Shore continued appearing in radio shows throughout the 1940s, including Birds Eye-Open House and Ford Radio Show.
    Also in 1943, she appeared in her first movie, Thank Your Lucky Stars, starring Cantor.
    More Details Hide Details She soon went to another radio show, Paul Whiteman Presents. During this time, the United States was involved in World War II and Shore became a favorite with the troops. She had hits, including "Blues In the Night", "Jim", "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To", and "I'll Walk Alone", the first of her number-one hits. "Blues In the Night" sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc by the RIAA. To support the troops overseas, she participated in USO tours to Europe. She appeared in person, on radio and on record with a number of British and American stars including Major Glenn Miller and his large Army Air Force Band. She met George Montgomery, a young actor ready to go into military service.
    Shore soon became a successful singing star with her own radio show in 1943, Call to Music.
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  • 1940
    Age 23
    Shore's singing came to the attention of Eddie Cantor. He signed her as a regular on his radio show, Time to Smile, in 1940.
    More Details Hide Details Shore credits him for teaching her self-confidence, comedic timing, and the ways of connecting with an audience. Cantor bought the rights to an adapted Ukrainian folk song with new lyrics by Jack Lawrence for Shore to record for RCA Victor's Bluebird label. This song, "Yes, My Darling Daughter", became her first major hit, selling 500,000 copies in weeks, which was unusual for that time.
    In February 1940, she became a featured vocalist on the NBC Radio program The Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street, a showcase for traditional Dixieland and Blues songs.
    More Details Hide Details With Shore, the program became so popular that it was moved from 4:30 Sunday afternoon to a 9:00 Monday night time slot in September. In her prime-time debut for "the music of the Three Bs, Barrelhouse, Boogie-woogie and the Blues", she was introduced as "Mademoiselle Dinah 'Diva' Shore, who starts a fire by rubbing two notes together!" She recorded with the two Basin Street bands for RCA Victor; one of her records was the eponymous "Dinah's Blues."
  • 1939
    Age 22
    In March 1939, Shore debuted on national radio on the Sunday afternoon CBS radio program, Ben Bernie's Orchestra.
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  • 1938
    Age 21
    She graduated from the university in 1938 with a degree in sociology.
    More Details Hide Details She visited the Grand Ole Opry and made her radio debut on Nashville's WSM (AM) radio station. Shore decided to return to pursuing her career in singing, moving to New York City to audition for orchestras and radio stations, first on a summer break from Vanderbilt, and after graduation, for good. In many of her auditions, she sang the popular song "Dinah." When disc jockey Martin Block could not remember her name, he called her the "Dinah girl," and soon after the name stuck, becoming her stage name. Shore eventually was hired as a vocalist at radio station WNEW, where she sang with Frank Sinatra. She recorded and performed with the Xavier Cugat orchestra, and signed a recording contract with RCA Victor Records in 1940.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1924
    Age 7
    In 1924, the Shore family moved to McMinnville, Tennessee, where her father had opened a department store.
    More Details Hide Details By her fifth-grade year, the family had moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where she completed elementary school. Although shy because of her limp, she became actively involved in sports, was a cheerleader at Nashville's Hume-Fogg High School, and was involved in other activities. When Shore was 16, she unexpectedly lost her mother to a heart attack. Pursuing her education, Dinah enrolled at Vanderbilt University, where she participated in many events and activities, including the Chi chapter of the Alpha Epsilon Phi Sorority.
  • 1916
    Born
    Born on February 29, 1916.
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