Ruth Etting

Singer + Vaudevillian + Musical Theatre Performer and Film Actress
Born Nov 23, 1897
Hometown David City, Nebraska
Died Sep 24, 1978
Death Place Colorado Springs,...

Ruth Etting was an American singing star and actress of the 1920s and 1930s, who had over 60 hit recordings and worked in stage, radio, and film. Her signature tunes were "Shine On Harvest Moon", "Ten Cents a Dance", and "Love Me or Leave Me". Her other popular recordings included "Button Up Your Overcoat", "Mean to Me", "Exactly Like You", and "Shaking the Blues Away".… Read More

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1897 Birth Ruth Etting was born in David City, Nebraska in 1897 to Alfred and Winifred (née Kleinhan) Etting. … Read More


1922 24 Years Old She became a featured vocalist at the nightclub, and married gangster Martin "Moe the Gimp" Snyder on July 12, 1922. … Read More
1927 29 Years Old She made her Broadway debut in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1927. … Read More


1929 31 Years Old In Hollywood, she made a long series of movie shorts between 1929 and 1936, and three feature movies in 1933 and 1934. … Read More
1931 33 Years Old She remained at Columbia through June 1931, when she split her records with ARC (Banner, Perfect, Romeo, Oriole, etc.) and Columbia through March 1933.
1934 36 Years Old She then signed to Brunswick and remained there until May, 1934 when she resigned to Columbia through July, 1935.
1936 38 Years Old 1 More Event
After a solitary Brunswick session in March, 1936, she signed with the British label, Rex and recorded two sessions in August and September, 1936.
1937 39 Years Old Etting divorced Moe Snyder on November 30, 1937, aged 40.


1938 40 Years Old 1 More Event
She fell in love with her pianist, Myrl Alderman, but in 1938 he was shot and injured by her ex-husband. … Read More
1947 49 Years Old The scandal of the sensational trial in Los Angeles effectively ended her career, though she briefly had a radio show in 1947. … Read More


1955 57 Years Old Her life was the basis for the fictionalized 1955 film, Love Me or Leave Me, which starred Doris Day (as Etting) and James Cagney (as Snyder).


1978 81 Years Old Ruth Etting died in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1978, aged 80. … Read More
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