Rosemary Clooney
singer, actress
Rosemary Clooney
Rosemary Clooney was an American singer and actress.
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Miguel Ferrer, 'Twin Peaks' And 'NCIS: LA' Actor, Dead At 61
Huffington Post - about 1 month
Miguel Ferrer, an actor best known for his roles on television series like “Twin Peaks” and “NCIS: Los Angeles,” died after a battle with throat cancer on Thursday, according to Deadline. Ferrer was reportedly surrounded by friends and family at the time of his death. He was 61 years old.  Born into Hollywood royalty as the son of singer Rosemary Clooney and Academy Award winner José Ferrer, the actor was the first cousin to George Clooney. Clooney released a statement on Ferrer’s death, saying, “Today history will mark giant changes in our world, and lost to most will be that on the same day Miguel Ferrer lost his battle to throat cancer. But not lost to his family. Miguel made the world brighter and funnier and his passing is felt so deeply in our family that events of the day, (monumental events), pale in comparison. We love you Miguel. We always will.” In his younger years, Ferrer was initially drawn to music, accompanying his mother and Bing Crosby on tour, as well as ...
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Home for the Holidays? 10 Best Things About New York
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Okay, so the radio is blaring sounds of Silver Bells and Winter Wonderland , and I'm wandering the city sidewalks in summer cotton. The fleece nightgown is sitting in waiting, as are the earmuffs, the woolen scarves, the cashmere sweaters and the L.L. Bean moose patterned socks. I was beginning to feel a bit like Charlie Brown's sad little tree. With no immediate vacation plans, I was drooping in a miniature Manhattan studio apartment over-stuffed with leftover wrapping paper, string and ribbons, craving a smidgen of effervescence. Yup. In my attempt at giving back, and in my somewhat obsessive annual tradition, I purchased no less than 500 gifts for the people that touch my lives every day -- from the baristas to the manicurists, the florist to the pharmacist, the bartenders to the Turkish market cashiers. The downside? Packages are overtaking my apartment like a giant gift-wrapped BLOB. Not to mention my office cubicle. My bosses are beginning to wonder why I'm using my desk ...
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It's White Christmas Time:"Do You Love Me?"
Huffington Post - about 1 year
My 91 year old mother, Anita, and I, are in the TV room with Tema, one of my mother's Caregivers who has been with us for ten years and who is eight months pregnant with her second daughter. They are in the two big armchairs and I am nudged in between them in a chair from the dining room. We are watching, or trying to watch, "White Christmas," but Mom keeps interrupting to ask, "I love you, do you love me?" Me: "Yes, of course, I love you!" Mom: "That's good. That is all that matters!" Mom has Alzheimer's, or some form of it, there are so many varieties of the disease. Her condition seems more like, dementia, because she has pretty much been the same for years. She can still play a fierce game of dominoes and loves movies, and can follow them, well, most of the time! She asks again with more emphasis... Mom: "Do you love me?" "Yes, I love you," I tell her and rub her upper back to soothe her. Mom: "Oh, keep doing that. Higher. Now go lower, more. Oh, that's good. Gosh ...
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The 12 Movie 'Bests' of Christmas
Huffington Post - about 1 year
There are so many great Christmas movies that it's hard to know where to aim your remote at this time of year. Between classic Yuletide favorites, films whose Christmas segments have turned them into seasonal fare and an explosion of TV movies, the options are endless. Feel free to challenge my picks, but here's where my DVD and VCR gravitate each December -- the holiday movies I like best. Best Santa: Edmund Gwenn in Miracle on 34th Street, of course. In or out of uniform, he's so generous, wise and kindly he makes a believer out of everybody, even world-weary moppet Natalie Wood. Best Scrooge: Nobody's ever topped Alastair Sim in the 1951 A Christmas Carol - and yes, not only is it a remake, but it was the 18th if you count TV versions! He looks the part and inhabits it perfectly, right down to his Christmas-morning giddiness. But Bill Murray's modern Ebenezer, morphing from smarmy TV exec to born-again philanthropist in Scrooged, gets honorable mention. Best non-Christma ...
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Encore for Merv Griffin
Huffington Post - over 1 year
And now here's the dear boy himself, Merv Griffin, whose iconic talk show is now being rerun on Monday nights on getTV. And tonight Merv took a posthumous curtain call at the launch party for the series at Sony Pictures in Culver City, California. It was perfect weather under a crescent moon streaming down on many of Merv's alumni and others who gathered in the outdoor patio of the studio's commissary to toast this remarkable talk show host. I hitched a ride with my pal, Albert Fisher, whose long line of credits includes being the director of publicity and promotions for The Merv Griffin Show from 1965 until 1970. Also attending were friends Laurie and Peter Marshall. The multi-talented Peter was not only the host of Hollywood Squares, but he is a remarkably gifted vocalist who often appeared on Merv's show. In addition, Peter and Laurie are animal advocates, two wonderful people who live with four beautiful rescue dogs. Laurie and Peter Marshall, Bernie Shine, Albert ...
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When Substance Abuse Takes Center Stage
Huffington Post - over 1 year
On November 7, 1956, when Eugene O'Neill's poignant Pulitzer Prize-winning play entitled Long Day's Journey Into Night had its Broadway premiere, audiences were stunned by Florence Eldridge's haunting portrayal of Mary Tyrone as a long-term morphine addict suffering from restlessness and insomnia. Coming from a family whose parents only drank wine at Passover (and who had no experience with recreational drugs), I often had trouble understanding how alcohol, uppers, downers and hallucinogens affected a person's behavior. Our next-door neighbor in Brooklyn was a sweet Italian lady who would occasionally invite my mother over for some of her home-made dandelion wine. All I can remember is that, following her visits to Mrs. Barber, my mother had to hang on to the side of our house in order to make it down the driveway, into the back door of our home, and safely to bed. During my college years (when everyone else was getting high or drinking at college parties), I was much more focus ...
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George Clooney Celebrates Monuments Men at the Metropolitan Club
Huffington Post - about 3 years
On Tuesday night with an ice storm looming, George Clooney worked the room, a very big room. The elegant Metropolitan Club featured its signature ice sculptures dripping over the raw bar; with its ceiling paintings, this was an opulent and fitting locale for Monuments Men, a movie about the recovered art of Europe during World War II. Honoring the rescuers, a dream cast includes Matt Damon, John Goodman, Bill Murray, Jean Dujardin, Hugh Bonneville and Bob Balaban in what must be called an extended buddy movie directed by George Clooney, and based on a true story from a book by Robert Edsel. Affable, fixing a fan or friend with a steady gaze and an arm firm on the shoulder, Clooney fielded questions about the film's casting. He'd see Balaban at parties, and at one for the movie Argo, he and co-producer Grant Heslov had a Eureka! moment, deciding to cast the versatile bespectacled actor. The lavish premiere soiree, co-sponsored by Larry Gagosian, had a six degrees of separation feel. Al ...
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In Praise of Musical Intelligence
Huffington Post - over 3 years
I'm old fashioned. I have deep respect and undying love for great songs. Some of them were written for Broadway shows; others to be performed at parties and in nightclubs. Some became popular over the radio or because they were included in beloved movie musicals. Few songs are written as mere throwaways. Most are carefully crafted by composers, lyricists, and given a specific musical imprint by their original arrangers. Just as legendary scenic designers like Oliver Smith, Boris Aronson, Jean-Pierre Ponnelle, and Franco Zeffirelli put their personal stamp on great works of opera and musical theatre, orchestrators whose work is so often taken for granted have sculpted the emotional impact of many famous (and not so famous) songs. Think of the orchestrations created by Ralph Burns for "The Music That Makes Me Dance," Philip J. Lang for "Put On Your Sunday Clothes," and Don Walker for "If I Loved You." Think of the great work done by such legendary Broadway orchestrators as Robert Russ ...
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Rosemary Clooney On Piano Jazz
NPR - over 3 years
On this archival program from 1992, Clooney reminisces about her singing career with her sister Betty in Tony Pastor's band. Her rich, smooth voice and skillful phrasing add to the deep feeling in "Our Love Is Here to Stay" and the challenging "Lush Life." » E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us
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Rosemary Clooney: a singer remembered
USA Today - over 3 years
New biography explores beloved late jazz singer's life and career.
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Steven Rosen: Should Richard Hell Be in the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame?
Huffington Post - over 3 years
So far, this has been a hell of a year for Punk. By that, I mean it's been a great year for recognizing the formative influence that Richard Hell, now 63, has had on Punk -- and, by extension, all Rock & Roll and pop culture that has followed in its aggressive, assertive, rebellious wake. Hell just published a literary, frank, edgy autobiography, I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp, that has earned comparisons to Patti Smith's Just Kids. It tells how the roots of his restless disaffection with society, his hell-raising personal conduct and his interest in the arts (and Rock music) all began while growing up as Richard Meyers in Lexington, Ky. His dad, who died when Hell was just 7, was an experimental psychologist at the University of Kentucky. Hell can also claim a very important role in the Metropolitan Museum of Art's new blockbuster fashion exhibition, Punk: Chaos to Couture. His impact on the creation of 1970s-era New York Punk is represented in the very f ...
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Pat Gallagher: What Was George Clooney Like As A Child? His Father Tells All
Huffington Post - over 3 years
"Any man can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a dad." - Proverb Nick Clooney -- brother of Rosemary, father of George and Ada, husband of Nina -- is a man of many talents. Over the span of his long, successful career, Clooney has taken a turn as a news anchor, starred in his own TV show (The Nick Clooney Show), hosted a local game show (The Money Maze), wrote a column for The Cincinnati Post, hosted a national television show (American Movie Classics), ran for Congress, and, with son George, became an activist for Darfur. The man obviously never sleeps! (And, for the record, he's charming, has a delightful sense of humor and is a true southern gentleman.) The Kentucky native's look-a-like son is one of the most notable actors on the planet. People pay attention. The headlines never stop. ("Ball ironing"? Seriously? Stop! We're not even going to go there!) The Oscar-winning actor's body of work can be matched only by a select few in the Hollywood community ...
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Josh Getlin: Debby Boone Lights Up Cafe Carlyle
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
As a child, Debby Boone remembers walking through the lobbies of Las Vegas hotels with her father, singer Pat Boone, as he got ready to headline another show. It was the desert town's golden era -- a time when Frank, Sammy, Dino and other Rat Packers ruled the roost -- and as she strolled past rows of clanking slot machines, the eight-year-old girl couldn't help but steal a glance through the curtains of the hotels' darkened lounges. "I'd look into those rooms and I'd see a woman standing by a piano singing a beautiful torchy ballad," Boone recalls with wonder. "And I said to myself: How do you get to do that?" Today, some five decades later, Boone has it pretty well figured out. In her new cabaret act, "Swing This," now playing through Saturday at Cafe Carlyle in Manhattan, she channels the excitement of those long-gone lounges, where singers, comics and other entertainers would crank out 4-5 high-energy shows a night. The mood could shift in a heartbeat from jazzy exu ...
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Lulu: Influencers and Inspirations: The Artists That Made Me Fall in Love With Music
Huffington Post - about 4 years
I've been on a trip down musical memory lane over the last few weeks, while rehearsing for an upcoming gig at B.B. King Blues Club in New York City -- which if you can believe, after almost 50 years in music, will be my first live NYC concert. I am all about going back to my roots, singing the songs that I love most and paying tribute to some of my favourite artists. And in every song that I sing, there's a little piece of the influencers and inspirations that I encountered on my musical journey. I grew up in a home filled with music. My father was always singing at the top of his lungs, and from the time I was a baby, he'd sing to me. His singing resonated so deeply in me, that practically before I could talk I was singing in tune. He had such a good voice but where I come from, everybody could sing! We were working-class and music was at our core. We'd gather with family and friends and neighbors and everyone would share a drink and a song. I can remember at three-year ...
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Courtney Stodden: 'I'm A Different Breed'
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Controversial reality star Courtney Stodden plans a red carpet gala event in West Hollywood next week to reveal the new music video of her single "Reality." The event is scheduled just one day before the Grammy Awards, but HuffPost Celebrity got a sneak peek. “I'm so excited about premiering my single/video in West Hollywood -- no better place to celebrate my sexy song,” Stodden told The Huffington Post. “From a very young age, I've always expressed an interest in music and performing. When I was around the age of 12, I started writing my own material, making homegrown music videos to slap up on YouTube. It paid off with my song 'Don't Put It On Me, Girl,' which garnered over 6 million hits to date. I am very passionate about this particular song 'Reality' and have been very hands-on with the production of this video.” Stodden, saying she’s inspired by artists from the past and present, including Marilyn Monroe, Michael Jackson, Nancy Sinatra, Rosemary Clooney, Elvis Pr ...
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'White Christmas': A Concert With Rosemary Clooney
NPR - about 4 years
To celebrate Christmas, Fresh Air listens back to a concert given by the late singer and actress on Feb. 11, 1997. Clooney spoke then with Terry Gross about her childhood, being on the road as a young performer with her sister, and working with Bing Crosby and Billy Strayhorn. » E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us
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Kate Kelly: Has the Kennedy Center Ignored Latinos?
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Over the weekend The Los Angeles Times ran a story generated by two Latino organizations, the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts and the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda. The two want to create public awareness that the Kennedy Center Honors Awards largely exclude Latinos. As most Americans know, each year the Kennedy Center honors living artists who have reached the top of their profession via a lifetime of achievement. The 2012 nominees were announced earlier this month and include actor Dustin Hoffman, bluesman George "Buddy" Guy, late-night TV host David Letterman, ballerina Natalia Makarova, and the three surviving musicians from the Led Zeppelin band, keyboardist/bassist John Paul Jones, guitarist Jimmy Page and singer Robert Plant. Only two artists of Hispanic descent have been honored in the last 35 years -- Spanish tenor and conductor Placido Domingo (2000) and actress, singer, and dancer Chita Rivera (2002). This fall the Kennedy Center also a ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Rosemary Clooney
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2002
    Age 73
    Despite surgery, she died six months later on June 29, 2002, at her Beverly Hills home.
    More Details Hide Details Her nephew, George Clooney, was a pallbearer at her funeral, which was attended by numerous stars, including Al Pacino. She is buried at Saint Patrick's Cemetery, Maysville. In 2003, Rosemary Clooney was inducted into the Kentucky Women Remembered exhibit and her portrait by Alison Lyne is on permanent display in the Kentucky State Capitol's rotunda. In September 2007, a mural honoring moments from her life was painted in downtown Maysville. The mural highlights her lifelong friendship with Blanche Chambers, the 1953 premier of The Stars are Singing and her singing career. It was painted by Louisiana muralists Robert Dafford, Herb Roe and Brett Chigoy as part of the Maysville Floodwall Murals project. Her brother Nick Clooney spoke during the dedication for the mural, explaining various images to the crowd.
    Her Beverly Hills home at 1019 North Roxbury Drive was sold to a developer after her death in 2002 and has been demolished.
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    She received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002.
    More Details Hide Details Her sister Betty died suddenly of a brain aneurysm in 1976. She subsequently started a foundation in memory of and named for her sister. During this time she wrote her first autobiography, This for Remembrance: the Autobiography of Rosemary Clooney, an Irish-American Singer, written in collaboration with Raymond Strait and published by Playboy Press in 1977. She chronicled her unhappy early life, her career as a singer, her marriage to Ferrer and mental health problems, concluding with her comeback as a singer and her happiness. Her good friend Bing Crosby wrote the Introduction. Katherine Coker adapted the book for Jackie Cooper, who produced and directed the television movie, Rosie: the Rosemary Clooney Story (1982) starring Sondra Locke (who lip syncs Clooney's songs), Penelope Milford as Betty and Tony Orlando, who played José Ferrer. In 1983, Rosemary and her brother Nick co-chaired the Betty Clooney Foundation for the Brain-Injured, addressing the needs of survivors of cognitive disabilities caused by strokes, tumors and brain damage from trauma or age.
  • 2001
    Age 72
    Her final show was at Red Bank New Jersey's Count Basie Theater in December 2001.
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    A long-time smoker, Clooney was diagnosed with lung cancer at the end of 2001.
    More Details Hide Details Around this time, she gave one of her last concerts in Hawaii, backed by the Honolulu Symphony Pops; her last song was "God Bless America".
  • 1999
    Age 70
    In 1999 Clooney published her second autobiography, Girl Singer: An Autobiography describing her battles with addiction to prescription drugs for depression, and how she lost and then regained a fortune. "I'd call myself a sweet singer with a big band sensibility," she wrote.
    More Details Hide Details In 2005 the album Reflections of Rosemary by Debby Boone was released. Boone, who was Clooney's daughter-in-law, intended the album to be a musical portrait of Clooney, or as Boone put it: "I wanted to select songs that would give an insight into Rosemary from a family perspective".
    In 1999, she founded the Rosemary Clooney Music Festival, held annually in Maysville, her hometown.
    More Details Hide Details She performed at the festival every year until her death. Proceeds benefit the restoration of the Russell Theater in Maysville, where Clooney's first film, The Stars Are Singing, premiered in 1953.
  • 1998
    Age 69
    Clooney was also awarded Society of Singers Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998.
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  • 1997
    Age 68
    In 1997, she married her longtime friend, a former dancer, Dante DiPaolo at St. Patrick's Church in Maysville, Kentucky.
    More Details Hide Details Clooney suffered for much of her life from bipolar disorder. She revealed this and other details of her life in her two autobiographies.
  • 1996
    Age 67
    On January 27, 1996, Clooney appeared on Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion radio program.
    More Details Hide Details She sang "When October Goes"—lyrics by Johnny Mercer and music by Barry Manilow (after Mercer's death)—from Manilow's 1984 album 2:00 AM Paradise Cafe, and discussed the excellence of Manilow the musician.
  • 1995
    Age 66
    In 1995, Clooney guest-starred in the NBC television medical drama ER (starring her nephew, George Clooney); for her performance, she received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1986
    Age 57
    Clooney sang a duet with Wild Man Fischer on "It's a Hard Business" in 1986, and in 1994 she sang a duet of Green Eyes with Barry Manilow in his 1994 album, Singin' with the Big Bands.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1977
    Age 48
    Beginning in 1977, she recorded an album a year for the Concord Jazz record label, which continued until her death.
    More Details Hide Details This was in contrast to most of her generation of singers who had long since stopped recording regularly by then. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Clooney did television commercials for Coronet brand paper towels, during which she sang a memorable jingle that goes, "Extra value is what you get, when you buy Coro-net." In the early 1980s, Jim Belushi parodied Clooney and the commercial on NBC's Saturday Night Live.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1968
    Age 39
    She joined the presidential campaign of close friend Robert F. Kennedy, and heard the shots when he was assassinated on June 5, 1968.
    More Details Hide Details A month later she had a nervous breakdown onstage in Reno, Nevada, and was hospitalized. She remained in psychoanalysis therapy for eight years afterwards. Living for many years in Beverly Hills, California, in the house formerly owned by George and Ira Gershwin, in 1980, she purchased a second home on Riverside Drive in Augusta, Kentucky, near Maysville, her childhood hometown. Today, the Augusta house offers viewing of collections of her personal items and memorabilia from many of her films and singing performances.
    In 1968, her relationship with a young drummer ended after two years, and she became increasingly dependent on pills after a punishing tour.
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    Upon her recovery from a nervous breakdown in 1968, Clooney signed with United Artists Records in 1976 for two albums.
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  • 1967
    Age 38
    Ms Clooney found out about the affair, and she and Ferrer divorced for the last time in 1967.
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  • 1964
    Age 35
    Ferrer and Clooney remarried on November 22, 1964, in Los Angeles; however, the marriage again crumbled while Ferrer was carrying on an affair with the woman who would become his last wife, Stella Magee.
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    In 1964, she went to Reprise Records, and in 1965 to Dot Records.
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  • 1961
    Age 32
    They divorced for the first time in 1961.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1958
    Age 29
    Finally, toward the end of 1958, she signed with RCA Victor Records, where she stayed until 1963.
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    Clooney left Columbia Records in 1958, doing a number of recordings for MGM Records and then some for Coral Records.
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  • 1957
    Age 28
    On November 21, 1957, she appeared on NBC's The Ford Show, Starring Tennessee Ernie Ford, a frequent entry in the "Top 20" and featuring a musical group called "The Top Twenty."
    More Details Hide Details In 1960, Clooney and Crosby co-starred in a 20-minute CBS radio program aired before the midday news each weekday.
    In later years, Clooney would often appear with Bing Crosby on television, such as in the 1957 special The Edsel Show, and the two friends made a concert tour of Ireland together.
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  • 1956
    Age 27
    She starred, in 1956, in a half-hour syndicated television musical-variety show The Rosemary Clooney Show.
    More Details Hide Details The show featured The Hi-Lo's singing group and Nelson Riddle's orchestra. The following year, the show moved to NBC prime time as The Lux Show Starring Rosemary Clooney but only lasted one season. The new show featured the singing group The Modernaires and Frank DeVol's orchestra.
  • 1954
    Age 25
    In 1954, she starred, along with Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, and Vera-Ellen, in the movie White Christmas.
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  • 1953
    Age 24
    Clooney was married twice to the movie star José Ferrer, who was sixteen years her senior. Clooney first married Ferrer on June 1, 1953, in Durant, Oklahoma.
    More Details Hide Details They moved to Santa Monica, California, in 1954, and then to Los Angeles in 1958. Ferrer and Clooney had five children: Miguel (born February 7, 1955), Maria (born August 9, 1956), Gabriel (born August 1, 1957), Monsita (born October 13, 1958), and Rafael (born March 23, 1960).
  • 1951
    Age 22
    In 1951, her record of "Come On-a My House", produced by Mitch Miller, became a hit.
    More Details Hide Details It was her first of many singles to hit the charts—despite the fact that Clooney hated the song passionately. She had been told by Columbia Records to record the song, and that she would be in violation of her contract if she did not do so. Clooney recorded several duets with Marlene Dietrich and appeared in the early 1950s on Faye Emerson's Wonderful Town series on CBS. Clooney also did several guest appearances on the Arthur Godfrey radio show, when it was sponsored by Lipton Tea. They did duets as he played his ukulele, and other times she would sing one of her latest hits.
  • 1950
    Age 21
    In 1950-51 she was a regular on the radio and television versions of "Songs For Sale" on CBS.
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  • 1949
    Age 20
    Clooney continued working with the Pastor band until 1949, making her last recording with the band in May of that year and her first as a solo artist a month later, still for Columbia.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1946
    Age 17
    Clooney's first recordings, in May 1946, were for Columbia Records.
    More Details Hide Details She sang with Tony Pastor's big band.
  • 1945
    Age 16
    In 1945, the Clooney sisters won a spot on Cincinnati, Ohio's radio station WLW as singers.
    More Details Hide Details Her sister Betty sang in a duo with Rosemary for much of the latter's early career.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1928
    Born
    Born on May 23, 1928.
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